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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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    Jeffrey WuorinenJeffrey Wuorinen is a specialist in the development and management of water infrastructure and services. He brings nearly 15 years of experience in water sector restructuring, regulation, and private sector participation in more than 80 countries. He has led technical assistance projects in the water and urban services sector funded by USAID, the World Bank, UNICEF, DfID, and the Asian Development Bank. He has served as project director, chief of party, team leader, and water specialist on the Water and Wastewater Sector Support and Water Policy and Regulatory Reform programs for USAID/Egypt, USAID Lebanon Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement program, USAID’s Sustainable Water and Sanitation for Africa program, Amman Water Management/Corporatization project for USAID/Jordan, and Assessment of Public-Private Partnership Options for the Alexandria Water and Wastewater Company project for USAID/Egypt. He holds a B.A. in political science and international studies from Saint Louis University. Read more

    Steve JohnsonSteve Johnson is a natural resource management expert with nearly 40 years of experience managing and implementing environmental projects and initiatives in the greater Southern Africa region. As the chief of party for the USAID-funded Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program, he manages community-led water and sanitation interventions, including community led total sanitation (CLTS). He has extensive experience in community-based natural resource management, conservation, and trans-boundary work with diverse USAID, World Bank, and other donor-funded projects, including six years as the regional natural resources technical advisor to the Southern Africa Development Community. He earned his M.Ed. in environmental education from Rhodes University and a B.Ed. in adult education from the University of Zimbabwe. Read more

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