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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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    Mario KerbyMario Kerby has more than 32 years of experience in watershed management, integrated water resources management, agriculture and rural development, and environmental protection and management. He served as the deputy chief of party of Feed the Future Haiti Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources, in which he managed watershed management activities, including sustainable hillside agriculture, disaster risk management, agro-forestry, soil conservation, and preparation of watershed management plans. Mr. Kerby has previously led agriculture and water management programs in Morocco. Prior to his work on USAID programs, he was vice president of ICF International. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from American University. Read more

    Amy BodmannAmy Bodmann is a community-based natural resource management specialist with experience in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Specializing in coastal resource management, she has contributed to natural resource management activities in more than 20 countries, including managing a biodiversity conservation program in indigenous-managed areas of northern Ecuador, and a community-based forest management project in the Petén region of Guatemala. She was the team leader of a participatory coastal management component of a post-tsunami reconstruction program in Sri Lanka. She also participated in a biodiversity assessment in Uganda and an environmental compliance audit of an alternative development project in southern Afghanistan. She earned an M.S. in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in international economics from Georgetown University. She is fluent in Spanish. Read more

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