Natural Resource and Environment
When governance is absent natural resources are often extracted at the expense of local communities and the natural environment. We research, develop and monitor equitable, community-focused solutions to sustainable natural resource management.
Natural resources are not distributed around the globe by any social, political or economic logic. Whether it is forest in Indonesia, fisheries in Somalia or oil in Norway, the management and use of natural resources has profound consequences for communities, governments, economies and ecologies.
When underpinned by the rule of law and transparent, effective institutions natural resources can contribute to equitable growth and sustainable development. When governance is absent, or predatory, natural resources are often extracted at the expense of local communities and the natural environment.
What We Do:
We work with government, civil society and the private sector to research, develop and monitor equitable, community-focused solutions to sustainable natural resource management.
Examples of our work include:
- Monitoring and verification of resource management programming in Somalia including water boreholes, storage and pipelines, dams and levies to address seasonal flooding, range management to support anti-desertification, and solar power generation through mini-grids.
- Review of the UK’s international climate financing for the Independent Commission on Aid Impact.
- Human rights and responsible business assessments for extractive companies operating in East Africa.
- Political economy analysis of the Bamboo Sector in Myanmar.
- Research into the management and extraction of oil in South Sudan including government policy on new exploration blocs and extractive company social performance.
- Analysis of natural gas markets in the middle east.
- Developed a corporate social responsibility policy, standards and community engagement plan for an international oil company.
- Political economy analysis of the mining sector in DR Congo.