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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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    Ibrahim OstaIbrahim Osta is an international tourism expert who is currently chief of party for USAID’s Jordan Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project and has led USAID tourism development projects in Jordan since 2005. As the chief of party for the Jordan Tourism Development Project and its successor projects, Mr. Osta managed a wide portfolio of initiatives aimed at enhancing tourism in Jordan. These include conservation and presentation of archaeological sites, such as Petra, Amman’s five-millennia-old Citadel, and the Roman city of Jerash; enlisting new UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Wadi Rum; nature and cultural trail development; higher education and vocational training in tourism and hospitality; destination promotion; and visitor services programs. Previously, Mr. Osta was senior policy advisor for the Minister of Tourism & Antiquities and served as public affairs advisor for the Minister of Water & Irrigation. He has managed a USAID initiative to strengthen the management skills of Jordanian private sector leaders, supported trade and economic development initiatives like the Jordan-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, and built the capacity of the Jordan Tourism Board. He holds a master's in tourism administration from George Washington University and a bachelor's in business in managerial finance and economics from the University of Michigan. Read more

    Kule ChitepoKule Chitepo, currently the chief of party on a resilience project in Southern Africa, is an expert in biodiversity and transboundary conservation with 13 years of experience in Southern Africa. He has built successful partnerships between international organizations and local government departments, the private sector, NGOs, and community groups to design and implement cooperative strategic approaches to environmental conservation. Before joining Chemonics, Kule served as chair of IUCN’s Southern Africa Sustainable Use Specialist Group, where he developed its discourse on the sustainable use of natural resources. While serving as the executive director of Resource Africa, Kule led programming to address issues of climate change adaptation, transboundary conservation, and biodiversity conservation. He also partnered with South Africa National Parks to develop the Social Ecology Unit, which engaged communities in the management of parks, and established several forums on community engagement in Limpopo. Read more

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