Patrick Abbot

MSc Human Resources Management and Development, IDPM, University of Manchester, (UK) 2006;

PhD, University of Aberdeen (UK) 1997;

MSc Forest Business Management, University of Aberdeen (UK) 1991;

BSc (Joint Hons) Biological Sciences and Geography, University of Birmingham (UK) 1988.

A Director since 2007, Paddy became Managing Director of LTS in January 2009. He started his career by setting up an environmental NGO with friends back in 1987, which brought the concept of people and forests to schools and homes in the UK through educational programmes, film and popular publicity. In the subsequent years, he built-up field experience in the areas of ecology, socio-economics, and organisational development and supported institutional strengthening at local and national levels. Paddy remains passionate about development and the environment and he now combines a company management role with consultancy work. This consultancy focuses on supporting monitoring and evaluation processes for a range of clients and delivering institutional assessments and policy analyses, particularly in the context of environmental change. Co-author of a review for DFID of development policy and the Clean Development Mechanism to enhance financing of development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Development of a Water Master Plan

Mauritius has a diversified economy which relies on efficiently managed water resources and the growing scarcity of water resources calls for revisiting the existing riparian system of water rights. The project will prepare a Water Master Plan that serves as a road map for the further development of Mauritius water to help government achieve its objective to provide reliable potable water supply on a 24 hour basis all year round. LTS will support the component for the Rationalization of Water Rights and institutional arrangements within the water sector through the provision of a detailed review and analysis of existing water legislation and the development of legal frameworks for water allocation mechanisms. An assessment of the feasibility of implementing a licensing system for water allocation will be provided along with proposals for sharing of river flow.

Regional Climate Change Programme

Southern Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate related challenges. As part of an ongoing effort to help minimize the risks associated with climate change, DFID has been supporting adaptation efforts in the region. In 2007/08 LTS, together with our regional partner OneWorld, conducted a 5-country feasibility study to clarify the role DFID should play to help southern Africa respond to the challenge of climate change. LTS identified key risks and vulnerabilities in the region, reviewed the anticipated impacts climate change and determined at what resolution biophysical information is needed to inform a) a robust regional programme and b) allow for effective monitoring of climate change progress and effectiveness of responses. It also concluded that a Regional Climate Change programme (RCCP) for Southern Africa (SADC region) could enhance adaptation to climate change, thus contributing towards poverty reduction. Subsequently, DFID approved funding a RCCP designed “to enable transboundary adaptation to climate change, with equitable access to climate funding, in southern Africa”. This programme, with funds managed by OneWorld and technical assistance supported by LTS and a number of South African Partners, was designed to promote capacity building and advisory support to the SADC region, as well as promoting stakeholder engagement, public awareness and lesson learning.

Mid Term Review of Developing Reserves for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries in Rodrigues, DEFRA

This report provided the findings and recommendations of the mid-term review for Darwin Initiative Project 13-027: Developing Reserves for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries in Rodrigues. The mid-term review aimed to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of the project thus far and provide suggestions to overcome issues constraining project progress. One week was spent in Rodrigues with host country partners and interviews were held with a range of stakeholders. The project achieved significant progress in a number of areas on monitoring and education/awareness activities particularly. The main host institution, Shoals Rodrigues, is a ‘child’ of successive DI projects that is now maturing into a credible local NGO run by respected local staff. This is a significant legacy for the Darwin Initiative.