|Environment & Energy|
Though all of our projects include evaluations and guidelines to assess and minimize any negative impact on the surrounding natural environment, particular initiatives are actively monitoring or reversing environmental damage in the communities where we are working.
Good for the environment=Good for the person; Good for business
We are forging new partnerships with the private sector which benefit local residents, businesses and the environment in turn. One example is the collaboration with energy companies and manufacturers to promote energy conserving practices, especially in poor or informal contexts. In other regions, links with companies through the commercialization of carbon credits (Voluntary Emissions Reduction or VERs) in turn fund ongoing reforestation efforts.
Local capacity means deep roots for the future
These projects always involve local actors through education on environmentally friendly practices and sustainable management of resources, going first to understand underlying social and economic reasons for deforestation, including land tenure and other issues, in order to start from the root of the problem.
A. Reforestation of deforested areas owned by government or indigenous groups, using participatory methods collaborating with owners to develop plans for reforestation, future management and sustainability. Diffusion of models for sustainable rural development and agro-forestry, introducing new technologies according to sustainable development criteria.
B. Climate change monitoring and adaptation, taking advantage of new technologies and often linked with good agricultural production practices.
C. Energy for all, via slum electrification and energy efficiency for cost-effectiveness and environmental protection.