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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The Story Behind Honey Production in Northern Colombia
In Northern Antioquia, Colombia, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/Colombia) is implementing an ambitious honey production program to improve the livelihoods of more than 300 families in five mining municipalities.
Annatto (Achiote): An Economic Alternative to Mining in Chocó
Annatto (Achiote), a spice and coloring agent extracted from the seeds of the evergreen, is growing as an economic alternative to mining in Chocó (Colombian Pacific Coast).
Mitigating Climate Change in Colombia
With progressive policies and private sector and community engagement, Colombia is turning its international greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments into action.
Conserving Guatemala’s Ecosystems with Good Governance
Guatemala’s rich – yet fragile – ecosystems must be safeguarded through strong environmental governance to improve livelihoods.
Natural Resource Management and Water Security in Southern Africa
Improved natural resource management and increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation are essential to addressing human and ecosystem challenges in southern Africa.
Combatting Wildlife Crime in Southern Africa
The decimation of wildlife through illegal poaching and trade threaten economic development and livelihood security in southern Africa.
Promoting Tourism in Timor-Leste
As Timor-Leste invests in an inclusive and sustainable national tourism strategy, the country is emerging as an “off-the-beaten-path” destination for adventure travelers and eco-tourists.
Connecting Space to Village
Science, satellites, and information technology are transforming how countries manage critical development challenges such as climate resilience and environmental management.
Restoring Forests in Northern Haiti
In Northern Haiti, deforestation and mangrove loss are putting communities, conservation efforts, and environmental governance at risk.
Sustainable Energy Solutions for Haiti
Approximately 90 percent of Haitian household energy needs are met by firewood and charcoal, a dependence that is detrimental to the environment and people’s health.
Helping To Conserve the Peruvian Amazon
With deforestation threatening the Peruvian Amazon and communities that rely on forest-based employment, forest management must be improved.
Clean Water and Resource Conservation in Angola, Botswana, and Namibia
In southern Africa, where many people live with little access to clean water and sanitation services, new resource management and conservation efforts made a big difference.
A Roadmap for Conservation in Colombia
With its peace accord underway, the government of Colombia is pursuing conservation and sustainable rural development goals that will help achieve stability and lasting peace.
Helping Indonesian Coastal Communities Adapt to Climate Change
In Indonesia, coastal communities must adapt to climate change and remediate destructive fishing practices to protect millions of jobs and the country’s economy.
Smart Innovations to Protect the Environment in Colombia
In Colombia, the government, local communities, and the private sector have collaborated to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity.
Steps Toward Better Water Management in the Limpopo Basin
Water is essential to economic development, conservation, and population health, but managing water resources to balance these demands is challenging, particularly when multiple countries regulate, compete for, and depend on the same water supply.
Developing South Africa’s Green Economy
Although climate change goals have been well articulated at the national level in South Africa, communication and collaboration between municipal, provincial, and national actors remains challenging.
Building Climate Change Resilience in Mali
Climate change is severely affecting vulnerable populations in Mali that need greater access to meteorological information and guidance on how to use it to create effective agricultural activities and plans.
Saving Biodiversity in the Philippines
With sustainable financing, enhanced-forest and protected-area management have turned the tide in the Philippines by promoting biodiversity and forest conservation.
Improving Climate Change Development Programs
Development programs worldwide are designed to protect vulnerable people, places, and livelihoods from climate change, but with smarter methods, these programs could be even more effective.
Protecting Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity in Indonesia
With Indonesia’s incredible marine and terrestrial biodiversity at risk, the need to manage conservation areas and protect vulnerable ecosystems more effectively is acute.
How to Fail to Succeed
“Failure is strength. The most effective and innovative organizations are those that are willing to speak openly about their failures because the only truly ‘bad’ failure is one that’s repeated.” —Engineers without Borders, USAID Learning Lab No one wants to fail. And fewer wish to own up to it. Understanding the causes of failure is…
News: Chemonics Invests in Young Innovators’ Promising Development Solutions
On Tuesday, November 12, Chemonics awarded two teams of young problem-solvers with funding and ongoing support to continue development of their innovative solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Presented by Chemonics’ Executive Vice President Jamey Butcher, the award was part of the company’s commitment as lead scale partner of the UNLEASH global innovation…
From Threat to Solution: Rethinking the Role of Communities in Nature Conservation
This post originally appeared on Mongabay. Photo courtesy of Samantha Cheng. The imperative for nature conservation has never been greater. A widely publicized intergovernmental report predicts extinction for more than a million species over the next few decades unless we drastically change human consumption and economic growth. This loss of species will threaten the global…
Maximizing the Power of Climate Data by Building Trust
This post originally appeared on the SEEP blog. As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increases, these changes are affecting people’s livelihoods — particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations — more than ever. In response to this challenge, climate data can be employed in program design to foster greater resilience for livelihoods at…
Development Works Here with Brian App
We’d like you to meet Brian App! Brian is a natural resource management specialist with nearly 20 years of experience working in the environmental sector. From flipping through the pages of National Geographic to building more water-secure communities in Africa, he shares some of the highlights of his development journey. Brian is one reason #DevelopmentWorksHere.…
To Improve Water Management, Start Local
Rivers are the world’s main source of clean drinking water, and their economic and environmental value are fundamental to the health of people and ecosystems. However, river basins face interrelated challenges — population growth, industrialization, urbanization, land use changes (including deforestation and land degradation), and changes in water quantity and quality. Climate change acts as…
Development Works Here with Alejandro Arrivillaga
We’d like you to meet Alejandro “Alex” Arrivillaga! Alex is a biologist and the deputy chief of party for the USAID Guatemala Biodiversity Project. He shares some of the insight he’s gained over the course of his 25-year career working with communities to develop shared solutions for biodiversity conservation. Alex is one reason #DevelopmentWorksHere. 1.…
Land and Property Rights Meet the SDGs: Reflections from the 2019 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference
It appears the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are wobbling along fitfully, and the general consensus among attendees at this year’s annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference seemed to be that we’re not on track to meet our goals related to land and property rights. This year’s conference offered a smorgasbord of lessons learned, applied…
The Politics of Biodiversity: Two Experiences with Thinking and Working Politically
What do forest and species loss have to do with politics? A great deal, in fact. Conserving and protecting natural resources involves a complex set of power dynamics, interests, and economies — licit and illicit — that affect how a program can operate within an existing local system. Biodiversity programming must embrace a Thinking and…
From Trickle to Flood: How Water Extremes Can Impact Health
In early 2018, drought-stricken Cape Town narrowly averted its “Day Zero,” the day when taps in the city would have run dry. Reservoirs filled up just enough to avert an all-out water crisis, and “Day Zero” has now been pushed to 2019. Meanwhile, in 2016, 2017, and 2018, floods in South Asia, Africa, Europe, and…
Four Ways to Build Urban Resilience to Water Stress
The United Nations estimates that 68 percent of the world’s population will be concentrated in urban centers by 2050. While water and sanitation access and delivery are generally higher in urban areas, cities still face significant challenges managing, operating, and expanding critical infrastructure, as well as ensuring the financial and environmental sustainability of municipal water…
News: Charting a New Course at #DevexWorld
How can the development community bring stakeholders together to achieve the SDGs? What does a successful public-private partnership look like in today’s development landscape? These are some of the questions that Devex World aims to tackle on June 12 in Washington, D.C. Chemonics is proud to be a Changemaker Partner this year, sharing insight from…
Reflections on the Circular Economy
I had the recent good fortune of attending the 8th Session of the World Water Forum in Brazil — what a grand affair! There was a packed program full of fascinating technical sessions held in parallel; three huge marquee tents full of exhibitors from governments, international agencies, and companies; and local community groups, NGOs, and entrepreneurs engaging thousands…
News: Innovating, Connecting, and Transforming Development at the ICT4D Conference
Innovations in technology have enhanced development impact across all sectors — from agriculture to education to health. From May 8 to 10, public, private, and civil society organizations from around the world will convene for the 2018 Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference in Lusaka, Zambia. Now in its 10th year, the conference…
The Problem with “Success Now”: A Story of Adaptive Management
Although adaptive management is widely promoted — and often required — for development programs, its basic principles can be difficult to adhere to. Strict timelines and prescribed indicators often demand immediate success — success now. How do we implement this seemingly simple approach, which is measured by failure more than success, and requires experienced technical…
Reforestation: More Than Just Planting Trees
In many parts of the world, massive deforestation seems to outpace reforestation and forest restoration efforts. In tropical countries with significant forest resources, like Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia, illegal logging usually involves large swaths of forest being cut down rapidly to feed the growing worldwide demand for timber. However, in a country…
6 Myths About Youth and Land
A few basic facts: there were 1.2 billion youth aged 15 to 24 years globally in 2015, accounting for one out of every six people worldwide. By 2030, the target date for achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the number of youth is projected to grow by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion. Given…
News: Looking to the Future of Digital Development
Which digital tools show the greatest promise to maximize development impact around the world? How can organizations and governments make sure that these tools are part of an inclusive approach to development? These are the kinds of questions that participants will discuss at the Digital Development Forum: The Next 10 Years event, hosted by USAID…
News: Chemonics Announces New Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Director
Chemonics International has named Francesca Molinaro director of corporate diversity and inclusion. Molinaro joins Chemonics with more than 18 years of experience designing and implementing strategic diversity and inclusion (D&I), leadership and organizational development and change management initiatives. She has a strong consulting background with vast experience in the international development sector. In this newly…
News: Addressing Environmental Degradation in Haiti
Cap-Haïtien, Haiti: Chemonics joined USAID/Haiti and officials from the Haitian government for a ceremonial launch today to officially commence USAID’s Haiti Reforestation Project. The five-year Reforestation Project, supported by USAID and implemented by Chemonics, aims to address critical environmental degradation and loss of tree cover in Haiti’s North and North East departments. Representing the U.S.…