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IPE Global recognizes that both biodiversity and climate change have become the two main defining issues with respect to environmental protection. We realise 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. Given the importance forests play in the global ecosystem (as sources of clean water, regulators of weather, a factor in protecting against natural disasters, as well as a source of shelter and renewable energy), forest protection has become a crucial issue. Hence IPE Global works to reduce deforestation and forest degradation through sustainable forest management and improved forest governance.
We provide technical assistance, implement climate resilient programmes, undertake monitoring and evaluations, impact assessments, and make recommendations to help policy makers, governments, private sector, communities and other institutions improve their response to climate change risks.
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The 10-year £250 million global programme aims to address the failures of forest governance in timber-producing countries and the consequent market failures that result in illegal exploitation of forest land and resources and seeks to apply lessons from timber trade reforms to trade in other forest risk commodities linked to deforestation. It aims to achieve its objectives through strengthening and promoting a multi-stakeholder deliberative process bringing together private sector, government and civil society, including communities in timber-producing countries. IPE Global has assembled a Policy Evaluation & Learning Team (PELT) of experts to carry out policy studies, briefing notes and synthesis reports for Forest Governance Markets & Climate (FGMC) programme. The studies are around 5 key thematic areas: Behaviour Change, Policy Influencing, Economic Analysis and Benefit Sharing, Forest and Trade, and Governance/Rule of Law. Some of the studies will feed into the Business Case for FGMC phase 2.
Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth Programme (ICRG) aims to strengthen the resilience and livelihood security of the rural poor in India, by supporting the construction of better quality and more productive infrastructure under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). IPE Global is providing technical assistance at national and state level, generating evidence so as to Inform a stronger policy focus on the design and implementation of infrastructure under MGNREGS; Strengthen the evidence base on how better physical assets can support livelihoods that are more resilient to flood, drought and high temperature; Strengthen MGNREGS systems and processes to ensure better delivery, including the development of innovative, especially IT based, tools; Strengthen the capacity of state governments and local implementation agencies to better plan, build and monitor the construction of physical assets under MGNREGS; Demonstrate the effectiveness of climate resilient infrastructure in 103 blocks of three states; (vi) build the capacities of the administrative and technical staff, and develop a cadre of technical resource people (`barefoot engineers’) so they are better equipped to reduce the vulnerabilities of rural communities.
FLAG is a £32.5 million, 3-year (2015-2018) programme to support action to reduce the rate of deforestation and Peat land degradation in Indonesia. IPE Triple Line is developing and implementing an evaluation framework which supports evidence-based decision making that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation in Indonesia. The framework is in accordance with Government of United Kingdom’s efforts to avoid climate change impacts which would set back global efforts for poverty reduction. We carry out annual reviews, quarterly reports, end of project report and final evaluation, including updating the political economic analysis in forest and land governance.
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.
Climate Leadership in Cities (CLIC) programme supports the world’s largest cities including those in Asia and South America to develop, finance and implement ambitious plans for tackling climate change. The CLIC programme is funded through HMG’s International Climate Fund (ICF). ICF is managed by BEIS, Department for International Development (DFID) and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and Government of United Kingdom, to help the developing countries address the challenges presented by climate change with official development assistance (ODA). IPE Global is undertaking formative evaluation of the governance structure, performance evaluation of the delivery partners and impact evaluation of the CLIC programme’s effectiveness in achieving direct outputs and progress towards medium term objectives, including an assessment of the likelihood of transformational change.
Implemented by a consortium of UK experts and international partners led by Ecometrica, Forests 2020 is a major investment by the UK Space Agency, as part of the International Partnerships Programme (IPP), to help protect and restore up to 300 million hectares of tropical forests by improving forest monitoring in six developing countries through advanced uses of satellite data. It will improve forest monitoring systems in partner countries (Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ghana and Kenya) thereby supporting both REDD+, FLEGT and other aspects of forest governance and biodiversity conservation. IPE Global is providing monitoring and evaluation support (baseline, mid-term and final) to the Forests 2020 programme in Indonesia. The objectives of the M&E support include: - Monitoring and reporting on progress against project plan and objectives; ensuring project outputs are effectively translated into outcomes (improved forest change, risk mapping and infrastructure adopted and mainstreamed within national forest monitoring systems); and ensuring project outcomes are synthetised with ICF forestry programmes in Indonesia.
The PASSES project, under International Partnership Programme (IPP), a five-year, £152 million programme run by the UK Space Agency, will use the latest satellite measurement techniques to develop a comprehensive Peat land monitoring service in Indonesia and Malaysia. As a member of consortium, IPE Global is providing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) support, to demonstrate the wide area routine, comprehensive monitoring of Peat land, continuous observations from sentinel satellites and use of emerging industrial hosted processing capabilities. IPE provides baseline, mid-term and final evaluations, including political economy analysis and gender mainstreaming analysis in forest monitoring.
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) implemented a project on “Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions”. The project aimed to integrate climate actions into state planning, benefiting local communities in India through strengthening capacities of state nodal agencies on climate change, and focus on sectoral departments to plan and undertake specific interventions in climate-sensitive sectors that affect large sections of vulnerable communities in these states. IPE Global undertook preparation of district climate resilience plans for 5 districts (3 in Madhya Pradesh – Tikamgarh, Dewas, Gwalior; West Sikkim in Sikkim and Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand) and built the capacities of state nodal agencies on climate change and focus sectoral departments in scaling up the plan and integration in the ongoing schemes/programmes.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), through its project, Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP), had worked towards strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities in the Himalayas and towards enhancing the knowledge and capacities of research institutions, communities and decision-makers. IPE Global designed and developed a web based geo-spatial portal on climate vulnerability at district and state level for 12 Himalayan states under the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP), a bilateral programme between Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The geo-spatial portal will provide easy access to the vulnerability data and maps for use by different stakeholders in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) for adaptation planning. This will present climate change vulnerability information in a user-friendly interface, enabling planners and decision-makers to identify the climate hotspots and accordingly plan for adaptation to build resilience.
The Indo-German Energy Programme – Access to Energy in Rural Areas (IGEN-Access) is a bilateral cooperation project carried out by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Government of Germany and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India. The objective of IGEN-Access is to create a conducive environment for rural renewable energy enterprises in order to make energy services easily accessible to the rural population. The study conducted by IPE Global examined the existing scenarios of agriculture and livelihood, and usage of energy; identified sustainable agricultural and livelihood diversification practices and recommended options for enhancing income from agriculture and allied services by increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix in the Kapasheda and Najafgarh Sub-Division of New Delhi.
The project titled ‘Climate Change Adaptation in North Eastern Region (CCA NER)’ was implemented under the bilateral cooperation of MoDONER and GIZ, which aimed at improved sustainable and climate resilient management of natural resources (forest, water, soils) in 4 states in the North Eastern
Region of India. IPE Global supported GIZ and Government of Mizoram, in developing training modules and capacitate state government stakeholders at different levels on sector-wise climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities, orientation towards SAPCC Version 2 which was developed considering the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as well as formulation of adaptation strategies at the local level.
Voices for Mekong Forests (V4MF) is a 5-year programme aiming to strengthen communities’ voices in improved forest governance in the Greater Mekong sub-region and Non State Actors (NSAs) in the Mekong region to effectively drive national forest landscape governance processes, particularly within the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade. The project ultimate aim is to reverse the trends of forest degradation and deforestation. IPE Global was assigned to undertake the mid-term review of the V4MF Project. This involved travelling and consulting a number of stakeholders in the five countries in the Mekong region and provide recommendations for improving the programme.
National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) is capable of measuring the impact of anthropogenic activities on the emissions/absorption of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) related to land-use change. The main objective of the project was to provide DRC with an operational National Forest Monitoring System, in order to meet the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requirements for the implementation of the REDD + mechanism. The Programme was directly implemented by FAO, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD). IPE Global undertook the mid-term review of the NFMS in DRC for Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and provided recommendations for improving the programme.
The project sensitized and capacitated healthcare providers on issues of climate change, its impact on human health and, supported the WHO Country Office (CO) by undertaking the preparation of an Action Plan to Enhance Climate-Resilient Health Facilities at the Hospitals in Madhya Pradesh. In order to monitor and prevent the extreme climate changes that were predicted to increase the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events, WHO assigned IPE Global to come up with preventive measures for health care facilities at the hospitals in Madhya Pradesh.
The Mobilising Investment (MI) project for NDC implementation was a 3-year project focused on interventions within seven target countries: Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, Peru, Philippines and Vietnam, supported by the Federal Government of Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI). The overarching objective of the project was to support public actors and the private sector to create favorable conditions for private financing of NDC implementation in Ethiopia by de-risking investments and increasing the scale of demand. IPE Global conducted a study to set the platform for the investment case development to further the Ethiopia IKI MI work plan.
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 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.
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