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Environment and Climate Change (including Forest Governance)

Environment and Climate Change

IPE Global realises the importance of environmental solutions that are both feasible for our clients and sustainable for future generations. We work on both climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for building climate resilient institutions and communities. We provide technical assistance, undertake evaluations and make recommendations to help programmes improve the response to climate change risks. Our work includes environmental and social management plans, climate resilient infrastructure designs, low carbon and adaptation/resilience products, services & assets, capacity strengthening of institutions, monitoring & evaluation of climate change programmes and environmental frameworks for large infrastructure and urban projects. We consider, at the heart of our approach, why and how environment & climate change impact gender inequality and social exclusion..   

Forest Governance

We recognise good forest governance is essential for achieving sustainable forest management, improved rights & livelihoods for forest dependent communities and increased revenue for governments. We undertake analysis of forest sector, policy & legal reforms, multi-stakeholder processes and provide capacity strengthening support. We also provide support in monitoring & evaluation for programmes and policy processes which promote legal and policy reforms towards forest governance that ensures transparency, accountability and improved livelihoods for people dependent on forests, including indigenous groups and women. We develop guidance and provide training on how to mainstream gender in forest & land governance programmes.

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Raghwesh Ranjan


Shoa Asfaha

Projects

  • UK Space Agency/CGI: Peatland Assessment in SE Asia by Satellite (PASSES) – Indonesia and Malaysia (2018-2020)

    Tropical forest fires affect 20 million+ people in SE Asia, leading to significant deteriorations in public health and associated premature mortalities. Fires also contribute substantially to global CO2 emissions and other widespread negative environmental impacts. Many fires occur over drained peatland areas. Satellite observations of peat condition can play a hugely valuable role in peatland monitoring, but currently are under-exploited. The PASSES project will combine this capability with information derived from conventional satellite measurement techniques to develop a comprehensive Peatland monitoring service. PASSES will also demonstrate that wide area, routine, comprehensive monitoring of peatland can now also be cost effective, through exploitation of freely available, continuous observations from satellites through the EU Copernicus programme and exploitation of emerging industrial hosted processing capabilities.

    IPE Triple Line is the M&E partner for this project, led by CGI digital.

  • Rainforest Foundation UK: End of project evaluation of the community based real time forest monitoring in three countries to support FLEGT processes project, DRC, Ghana, Cameroon (2018)

    The UK Department for International Development (DfID) granted funds to The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) under the Forest Governance, Markets and Climate programme (FGMC) to implement a two-and-a-half years Community-based real-time forest monitoring in three countries (DRC, Ghana, Cameroon) to support FLEGT processes. The project has been running since 1st October 2015 and is due to end on 31st March 2018. RFUK is currently seeking funding to further this work.

    The real-time monitoring project aims to reduce forest sector illegalities by enhancing the role of local communities and low-cost technologies in forest monitoring, thus improving the amount, quality and availability of information on forest illegalities and the effectiveness of law enforcement. Through enabling traditional and indigenous communities to access technology which enables them to capture and transmit reports of various illegalities to a central database in real-time and linking this system to the government enforcement mechanisms, the project will contribute to reduction of forest sector illegalities, leading to to greater transparency and accountability, which are key to improving forest and land governance.

  • Well Grounded: Impact Evaluation of Civil Society Organisation support in Congo Basin (2018)

    Well Grounded commissioned an external impact evaluation of its organisation development (OD) support to African civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Congo Basin. The purpose of the evaluation is for Well Grounded and its clients, collaborators and donors to better understand the results and impacts of its work, so that Well Grounded can celebrate its successes and improve its practice and approach to better deliver on its strategy. More specifically, the evaluation will examine the impact of Well Grounded’s OD support on organisations in terms their own development, and on their ability to effect change at the policy level on forest governance and community rights.

  • Stockholm Environment Institute: External Review of the Stockholm Environment Institute (2018)

    The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an international non-profit research organisation that has worked with environment and development issues from local to global policy levels since 1989. SEI works to shift policy and practice towards sustainability. SEI’s current strategy for the period 2015-2019 has been designed to address key challenges in sustainable development, empower and inform partners, and develop the organisation and its finances. The objective of the External Review is to enhance SEI’s institutional learning process by independently assessing SEI’s achievements and results within the current strategy period in relation to its original goals and intended results. The review will provide a high-level assessment of the results and outcomes of SEI’s operations during the period 2015-2018, structured broadly around SEI’s three performance areas or pillars: scientific research, policy engagement and capacity development. IPE Triple Line will also be preparing case studies on some initiatives, in particular the Low Emission Development Pathways Initiative, in addition to reviewing the overall organisational review.

  • Well-Grounded: Strengthening collective participation of civil society in forest policy and legal reform processes in the Republic of Congo (2016)

    The primary aim of this two-year project was to facilitate an organisation development process with the Platform on Sustainable Forest Management (PGDF), so they could be more strategic, representative, effective and sustainable. The overarching objective was to ensure that the Platform could more effectively participate in national forest policy and legal reform dialogue and processes.

    In July 2016, Well Grounded commissioned IPE Triple Line to undertake an independent evaluation. The evaluation focused on the organisational development process in enabling civil society platform to be more strategic, representative, effective and sustainable, and provided recommendations for the way forward. 

  • FAO: The National Programme of the United Nations - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) to support the REDD+ process in the Republic of Congo (2017)

    The Republic of Congo received support from the UN-REDD Programme during the implementation of its own National Programme from October 2012 to July 2016. The support aimed to develop national capacities for the organization, dialogue, strategic analysis and technical capacities to support the REDD + mechanism in the Republic of Congo. IPE Triple Line has undertaken the final evaluation of the National Programme REDD+. The objective was to independently verify the achievement of the results and to identify shortcomings and constraints during implementation (2012-2016).  The evaluation:
    • Produced evidence of results to meet accountability requirements;
    • Assessed the progress of the REDD + preparatory process in the Republic of Congo, identifying the gaps and challenges and the possible future role of the UN-REDD Programme in the REDD + process in the country; and
    • Promoted learning, feedback and knowledge-sharing through the results and lessons learned between participating United Nations organizations (FAO, UNDP and UNEP) and other partners. 
    The evaluation also provided recommendations and identified lessons of an operational and technical nature for the REDD+ process in the RoC but also for the formulation of future UN-REDD programmes to be implemented elsewhere.

  • DFID/ Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India - Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth Programme (ICRG)

    The Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth Programme (ICRG) is a technical assistance programme jointly anchored by the Government of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India in the states of Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. ICRG will support at risk rural populations and build their adaptive capacity by developing climate resilient rural infrastructure. This is being created under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) - MoRD's flagship social protection programme. ICRG will demonstrate the effectiveness of climate resilient infrastructure in 103 blocks of three states.  It will build the capacities of the administrative and technical staff so they are better equipped to both reduce the vulnerabilities of rural communities and generate the evidence for expanding this approach for greater impact nationally and internationally. 

  • DFID: Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Kenya Plus (StARCK+) (2017)

     The United Kingdom is providing £28 million over four years (FY2013/14 to 2016/17) to support climate change adaptation and mitigation in Kenya. StARCK+ aims to enable Kenya to achieve sustainable growth through a response to climate change risks and opportunities. The intended outcome is a rapid scale-up of innovation and investment in low carbon and adaptation/resilience products, services and assets. StARCK+ builds on a previous programme that ran from FY2011/12 to 2012/13 and it reports against the United Kingdom Government’s International Climate Fund (ICF) commitments. StARCK+ has six programme components: 
    • Act, Change and Transform (ACT!) - natural resource management programme 
    • Adaptation (Ada) Consortium - climate resilience and decentralised support at the county level. 
    • Finance Innovation for Climate Change Fund (FICCF) - funding for a Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).
    • Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) through InfoDev in the World Bank - climate innovation in the private sector (£2 million). 
    • Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies (REACT) window of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) 
    • Technical Assistance (TA) to the Government of Kenya for the implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan 
    IPE Global conducted the final evaluation, examining the validity of the Theory of Change and the expectations for transformational change, as understood by the ICF Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Number 15:  ‘the extent to which the ICF Intervention is likely to have a transformational impact’. The evaluation provided an independent assessment of the ‘added value’ of StARCK+ from its synergies, linkages and programmatic approaches, and it served both for accountability and learning purposes.

  • DFID: Evaluation Management Unit for Forestry, Land Use and Governance in Indonesia (2015-2018)

    Supported by Government of UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) the Indonesia Forestry Land-use and Governance (FLAG) programme will support action to reduce the rate of deforestation and peat land degradation in Indonesia. It will make a significant contribution to the Government of Indonesia’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and contribute directly to the UK’s own ambitions for supporting developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

    The FLAG evaluation will provide DFID, the UKCCU and policy makers, implementing partners and the academic community with a robust evidence base that will be used for dialogue with and between partners and to inform and drive decision-making at different levels (project, organisational /institutional, programme levels (current and future) as well as the implementation of current and development of future policy). 
    The programme is in the course of building an evidence base around the three components of FLAG:
    • More effective and transparent land use;
    • Strengthened government and other stakeholder capacity on natural resource governance; and 
    • Improved environment for sustainable and responsible business.
    IPE Triple Line is also supporting FLAG grantees on how to mainstream gender and equity in their respective projects through building their capacities and skills. 

  • Ecometrica: UK Space Agency: Forests 2020, Monitoring and Evaluation element (2016-2020)

    Forests 2020 is implemented by a consortium of UK experts and international partners led by Ecometrica.  It will improve forest monitoring systems in 6 developing countries thereby supporting both REDD+, FLEGT and other aspects of forest governance and biodiversity conservation. The project will focus on three areas of forest monitoring systems: 
    • Improved detection of forest changes, particularly in challenging ecosystems and land use situations 
    • Improved mapping of risks and priority areas, particularly ways in which local organisations and district or state-level forest authorities can input and interact with the forest maps and forest change detection 
    • Digital infrastructure for managing and distributing EO derived and related information to ensure robustness, consistency, continuity and availability of data products to end-users 
    IPE Triple Line will support the programme’s evaluation (baseline, mid-term and final). So far we have supported Ecometrica and its partners in Indonesia to develop the Theory of Change and the baseline report. The objectives of the M&E support are: 
    - Monitor and report on progress against project plan and objectives; 
    - Ensure project outputs are effectively translated into outcomes (improved forest change, risk mapping and infrastructure adopted and mainstreamed within national forest monitoring systems); and
    - Ensure project outcomes are synthesised with ICF forestry programmes in Indonesia

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