Many communities do not differentiate between their cultural and social well-being and the environment about them. Good environmental management can help with sustainable social and economic development. Assessments, policies, plans and designs all need to be integrated and be based on both ecological and social science. Good strategic assessments and outcomes help governments and industry.
Our Signature Projects and Work Areas
- Timor Leste Programme of Works on Protected Areas – UN Convention on Biodiversity. Generation of Timor Leste’s Strategic Action Plan for the Management of Protected Areas and National Parks and Capacity Building for the Department of Protected Areas and National Parks, Government of Timor Leste. The UNDP & Conservation International supported this project. P4SD are now to be engaged to complete the country’s first Conservation Management Plan for their first protected area, the Nino Konis Santana National Park
- Environmental Investigation of a Sand Mine operation adjacent to the Noosa River, Sunshine Coast under s 323 of the QLD Environmental Protection Act, 1994. The activity borders the proposed Biosphere World Heritage Listing of the Noosa River, and operates under a complex Environmental Authority (EA). Work over the last 2 years has instigated land rehabilitation and erosion and sediment control works, water quality monitoring and responses, leading to the successful surrender of the EA and Mine Closure
- AusAID & SMEC – Strategy and Environmental Management Framework to satisfy IS0 14001 standards, for the 15 year Transport Sector Strategic Programme (TSSP) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Involved a Strategic Environmental Assessment approach in reviewing current legislative and policy platforms, and evaluating the implications of various programme adjustments and major project envisaged under the TSSP. This programmes covers development of the Airports, Ports, Road and Transport Assets of PNG. It forwarded an adaptive risk management framework to be used on all future project components.
- Australian Government. Biodiversity Fund and Caring for our Country Fund advice and assessments, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra
- UNDP, the Global Environment Facility, New York (GEF) & the Government of the Maldives: generation of the Aligned National Action Plan to address Land Degradation, which incorporated Coastal Adaptation measures
- Policy Research: ‘Use of SEA approaches to mainstream Biodiversity and Climate Change – in the Pacific Island Countries’, UN Secretariat for CBD, with IUCN, UNEP and SPREP
- Review of EIA and SEA in the Pacific Island Countries – situation analysis and capacity needs assessment for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
- Environmental Audit and Bushfire Management Plan, Currumbin, Queensland
- Training in MapInfo GIS and GPS use in integrated planning and environmental management (Niue, Samoa, Regional Pacific, Bangladesh)