Sector Analysis Studies for the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Programme (CASA)

The primary objective of this value chain study is to enable the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to identify the value chains, sub-national regions and stakeholders to form the basis for the Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness (CASA) programme country level interventions (Component 1) and to enable DFID to use this information to develop the Terms of Reference for the implementation of this component of the CASA programme.

Philippa Lincoln

PhD, University of Aberdeen, 2008; MSc Environmental Forestry, University of Wales, 2003; BSc (Hons) Tropical Environmental Science, University of Aberdeen, 2000.

Philippa is an expert on forest and climate change issues with a particular focus on REDD+ and 10 years’ experience. Her expertise bridges forest ecology, sustainable forest management, forest-based climate change mitigation, statistical analysis and technical evaluation design. She has strong research skills and a PhD on the climate benefits of reduced-impact logging. Philippa also has extensive current knowledge of REDD+ issues and approaches, including the UNFCCC REDD+ process, multilateral and national REDD+ processes, REDD+ policies, issues and pilots. Philippa coordinated, codesigned and provided technical inputs to a four-year real-time evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, the world’s largest donor REDD+ initiative, and the largest development evaluation ever undertaken by the Norwegian government. Her technical work focused on international and national REDD+ policy, national REDD+ processes, MRV and reference levels, research, civil society and pilot projects and initiatives. She has worked on forest issues in Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda), Southeast Asia (Malaysia and Indonesia), Central and South America (Costa Rica and Guyana). Philippa has excellent analytical and project management skills and strong experience in the co-ordination and management of complex programmes, including large and diverse international teams and local counterparts.

Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West African Regional Development

The Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West African Regional Development (STEWARD) project is a join investment of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Bureau (EGAT), USAID/West Africa and the US Forest Service. It is implemented by Bioclimate Research & Development (BR&D).

LTS provide technical support to the STEWARD Project. The objective of this is to provide an assessment of biomass stocks and biomass stock change between 2007 and 2010 in a specified area of Sierra Leone/Guinea border region.

The assessment is undertaken using multi-regression analysis of RADAR data and generation of biomass maps using a range of biomass-backscatter equations.

Based on best output validation, LTS will then calculate statistics on forest area and biomass stock loss within the time frame investigated.

The project also aims to achieve:

  • Agreement of change classification criteria and project-specific deforestation threshold
  • Advice on RADAR data purchasing from RESTEC
  • Multi-regression analysis of RADAR data and generation of biomass maps using different biomass-backscatter equations
  • Multi-validation of outputs against field data provided by BR&D
  • Generation of biomass stock change statistics and maps

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West Africa Forest Strategy

The Upper Guinea High Forest in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana represents a diversity of ecosystems made up of savannas, semi-deciduous tropical forests and tropical rain forests. Loss of forest cover and degradation of forested land continues at a rapid pace. The West African Forest Strategy (WAFS) formulation process required an assessment of the sector to provide the World Bank with strategic direction aimed at creating a sustainable and productive forestry sector that fuels growth. The WAFS contributed to the fine tuning of a wider African Forestry Strategy and assisted the World Bank in consolidating its support to forestry in the region and aimed to provide a more systematic engagement on forestry issues at a regional level. LTS undertook a forest sector analysis using a gap model framework, a policy options analysis and developed the strategy and financing instruments. Please click here to read the report.

Environmental Impact Assessment of the Bumbuna Hydro Electric Dam

The Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project (BHP) was located on the Seli River, about 250 km northeast of Freetown, Sierra Leone. It consists of an asphalt-faced rock-filled dam (88 meters high), two multipurpose tunnels and a powerhouse at the base of the dam with a design capacity of 50 MW. The BHP is the first stage of a five-stage program for 275 MW ultimate capacity. A single-circuit 161 kV transmission line transfers Bumbuna’s power to Freetown and intermediate towns. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project was prepared in 1995. However, the original EIA was prepared under the constraints of an emerging civil war and was out of date and non-compliant with current World Bank operational guidelines. In 2004, LTS participated in a consortium responsible for updating the EIA. Our specialist team conducted a rapid biodiversity and land management assessment of the reservoir and immediate catchment areas in order to determine whether endemic or rare species and land-based livelihoods will be adversely affected by the project.