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Environment and Natural Resources

Solutions to manage resources, address climate change, and enhance sustainable economic growth
Development challenges are interrelated. That's why Chemonics applies a “development first” approach to our work in environment and natural resources management. We focus on strengthening markets, safeguarding natural capital, and empowering marginalized groups. Our development-centered approach can be seen in action across a broad array of landscapes, from rainforest communities to coastal cities. Our experience spans more than 200 projects in natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, land tenure and property rights, environmental management, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.


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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Through an understanding of local, regional, and global contexts, Chemonics has emerged as a leader in the application of cutting-edge science, socially inclusive methods, and scalable solutions for adaptation and landscape-based mitigation activities — from development of a global food security early warning system that allows governments to adapt to climate change to community certification systems that promote carbon sequestration credits through Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
Natural Resource Management: We have excelled at supporting policies, promoting new technologies, and using inclusive governance to conserve water, coastal areas, forests, and soil resources while protecting critical biodiversity and building sustainable local livelihoods.
Environmental Services: Chemonics ensures compliance with environmental regulations while promoting voluntary standards and incentive-based payment for environmental services that increase the competitiveness of businesses, promote finance for conservation and clean production, and strengthen shared responsibility toward the environment.
Environmental Management: We promote improved regulatory environmental compliance through assessments that provide environmental impact and auditing support while actively supporting clean production and pollution prevention technologies in numerous sectors, including agriculture, forestry, energy and water utilities, mining, manufacturing, and tourism.
Land and Resource Rights: Through our land governance programs, Chemonics has developed a deep understanding of the central role that secure tenure, clear resource rights, and equitable access to resources play in instilling a culture of responsible stewardship, in resolving conflict, and in promoting investment in conservation. Read more about land and resource rights.


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    Greg MinnickGreg Minnick is a natural resources management and forestry specialist with more than 30 years of experience in community-based forestry and international development. His experience covers 18 countries and a broad range of ecological zones, from the Sahel in Western Africa to humid tropical forests and semi-arid high valleys in Latin America. He has worked in forest management with community and indigenous groups and the private sector, developing innovative market-led approaches to natural resource conservation that foster adoption of new practices and investment to improve the sustained use of native forests. He is fluent in Spanish, with a working knowledge of French. Read more

    Nkobi MoleeleNkobi Moleele is an expert in water resource management, biodiversity conservation, and environmental management. As chief scientist for the Resilience in the Limpopo Basin program, he works on trans-boundary watershed management with the governments of Botswana, Angola, and Namibia, balancing the needs of the protected areas and communal areas, and accommodating competing interests, including tourism, tribal rights, and livelihoods. He holds his Ph.D. in physical geography from Stockholm University, an M.S. in applied science from the University of Canberra, and a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Botswana. Read more

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