Rather than a balancing trick, understanding the interdependencies and trade-off options between the social, cultural, environmental and economic aspects of development requires deep understanding and experience in each of the arenas.
It is about seeing the big picture (‘thinking globally) but knowing how to act on the ground (‘acting locally’) – and being able to introduce implementation mechanisms that provide the nexus between these scales [locality to regional dimensions]. Ongoing community collaborations are essential.
Our Signature Projects and Work Areas
- Review of Mainstreaming Environment Policy and Climate Change Finance in 9 Pacific Island Countries. Client: Secretariat of the Pacific Community, SPC, Fiji and the European Union. The project undertook a rapid appraisal of laws, policies, practices and information on mainstreaming environmental management in 9 Pacific Island Countries. It included an evaluation of the status public financial management systems to assist with integrating climate change considerations in development. The regional report and 9 Country Profiles were developed for national ministries and the EU in an endeavour to focus regional capacity building strategies. SPC-EU Global Climate Change Alliance Programme: Review of Mainstreaming and Public Financial Management Systems in Nine (9) Pacific Small Island States (PSIS)
- Erosion Risk Assessment and Management Strategy, Wyaralong Dam and surrounds, Queensland for Seqwater (Queensland Government Bulk Water Supply Authority)
- Carbon Sequestration Assessment – 1500ha mixed farming and forestry operation, Kilcoy, Queensland. Application of the NCAT tool to compare with other international carbon criteria/methods.
- Review and audit of project designs for Plan Vivo regarding carbon offsets proposals in Africa and South America
- Cook Islands, Office of Prime Minister (OPM). National Learning Needs assessment and strategy to address climate change and disaster risk reduction
- Fraser Coast Regional Council, Queensland. Advice on coastal vulnerability and risk reduction options for coastal rehabilitation, Tin Can Bay, Queensland
- Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Capacity development and coastal vulnerability assessments for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) project – Increasing resilience of small scale tourism operators and reliant communities