Environment and Climate Change
IPE Global realises the importance of environmental solutions that are both feasible for our clients and sustainable for future generations. Our projects involve mainstreaming climate change, and we work on both climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for building climate resilient institutions and communities. We 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 and assets, capacity strengthening of institutions, monitoring and evaluation of climate change programmes and environmental frameworks for large infrastructure and urban projects. At the heart of our approach is a consideration of why and how the environment and climate change impact on gender inequality and social exclusion.
We recognise good forest governance is essential for achieving sustainable forest management, improved rights and livelihoods for forest dependent communities and increased revenue for governments. We undertake analysis of the forest sector, policy and legal reforms, multi-stakeholder processes and we provide capacity strengthening support. We also provide support in monitoring and 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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