Environment and climate change

Making the environment an essential part of the policy agenda is critical to the success and sustainability of development programmes – and to the fight against climate change to ensure a viable planet for future generations. ADE systematically incorporates an environment / sustainability lens throughout its advisory work.

ADE goes further through our solid capacity building within specific areas, including evaluating the environmental performance of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In close collaboration with academic research (e.g., H2020), ADE assesses how CAP supporting agricultural activities and rural development impacts the environment (biodiversity, soil, water) and climate change (emissions, mitigation measures, carbon sink).

ADE also tracks the impact of forest and environmental governance programmes (e.g. FLEGT, REDD+) through theory-based monitoring and evaluations systems. We keep up to date in this constantly evolving field through collaborations with our wide network of environmental experts and academics.

More recently, within the fields of Forestry, Climate and Environmental Governance, ADE has become a trustworthy partner for policymakers and practitioners to strengthen their organisational capacity, improve policies and develop interactive monitoring systems (such FLEGT).

Our work always considers environmental dimensions for assignments closely related to our areas of expertise (including AgriculturePrivate Sector DevelopmentFragility and Resilience). Our multidisciplinary staff and multi-stakeholder approach enable us to identify synergies and integrated solutions to support sustainable natural resources management, equitable investments, and resilient livelihoods.

Project examples

  • SES – Evaluation of Belgium’s International Climate Finance (2021)
  • EC – Collecting evidence of FLEGT-VPA impacts, Guyana, Ivory Coast, Honduras, Congo (2021)
  • Lux – Strategic Environmental Assessment of the CAP Strategic Plan Luxembourg (2021)
  • NORAD – Evaluation of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative’s support to private sector initiatives, on reducing deforestation and forest degradation (2020)
  • EC – Constructing an Impact M&E System for the EU FLEGT Action Plan (ongoing)
  • FAO – Collecting evidence of FLEGT-VPA impacts for improved FLEGT communication, Ghana, Cameroon, Indonesia (2019)
  • ENABEL – End-term Review of the intervention Integrated Water Management and Urban Development in relation to climate change in Ninh Thuận, Binh Thuận and Hà Tĩnh Province in Viêt Nam (2019)
  • EC – Evaluation of the environmental performance and climate change impact of rural development programmes (Enhanced annual implementation reports in Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne Ardennes, Wallonia, and Luxembourg, 2019)
  • EC – Strategic environmental assessment of rural development programmes (Champagne Ardennes, Luxembourg) and ERDF (Interreg of France Wallonia Flanders; Caribbean) (2019)
  • EC – Technical assistance for the mainstreaming of environmental sustainability, including biodiversity, climate change and disaster risk reduction (2019)
  • Austria – Evaluation of the Environment Policy of the Austrian Development Cooperation and its Implementation by the Main ODA Actors between 2007-2014
  • SES – Thematic evaluation of the Belgian cooperation in the field of environment covering the period 2002-2011 (final report 2013)