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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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    David FrattDavid Fratt is a senior manager with more than 20 years of experience in trade, infrastructure, and environment projects in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South and East Asia, South America, and Central Asia and the Caucasus. He has managed and provided technical support to projects serving USAID, regional development banks, municipal governments, and private sector clients. He has also served as director for USAID-funded trade, tourism, residential heating, and environmental projects, and he directed an infrastructure support contract funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He served in Egypt as chief of party for the $58 million Cairo Air improvement Project (CAIP) and Egyptian Environmental Policy Program (EEPP)-Air activity. He has technical expertise in infrastructure and urban environmental management, with a focus on policy and planning, environmental information and communications, and institutional capacity building. Read more

    Peter DoylePeter Doyle has more than 25 years of experience in environmental management, alternative development, and social and community development. As the chief of party for USAID's Oro Legal program, he leads efforts to reduce the negative environmental impacts of unauthorized artisanal and small-scale gold mining operations in 20 municipalities in Colombia. In Colombia Mr. Doyle developed partnerships between government entities, three private mining companies, and 24 small miner associations, which formalized 83 illegal mines, improved environmental management, and restored degraded land. He led the successful international validation of a portfolio of eight voluntary REDD+ Projects to generate carbon credits for private sector investors in Colombia. Mr. Doyle previously led the USAID Alternative Development Program in Peru and the USAID-funded rapid response watershed rehabilitation and forestry program in Honduras. He holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Manchester and a B.S. in economics from City University in London. Read more

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