ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE
Environmental sustainability has been an Agriteam priority since inception. We use an integrated approach to address environmental sustainability considerations in all initiatives to safeguard or enhance development results and the environment.
We are also working with governments and communities to adapt to and mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change, and empower them to participate in building the resilience of their communities.
OUR EXPERTISE INCLUDES:
- Environmental analyses, environmental impact assessments, environmental risk assessment and management
- Environmental regulatory and management frameworks, practices and policies
- Environmental education and participation in policy making and implementation
- Environmental governance for extractives industries
- Climate-smart agriculture
- Sustainable water and soil management
- Energy efficiency and renewable energy
- Management of waste and effluent
- Climate change adaptation and mitigation
Agriteam promotes enviromental sustainability and looks for innovative ways to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
OUR ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE PORTFOLIO HIGHLIGHTS
NICARAGUA: Monitoring and Evaluation of the PIMCHAS Integrated Management of Watersheds Project (Global Affairs Canada, 2009-2011)
Agriteam conducted periodic monitoring and a mid-term evaluation of a project run in consortia by CARE Canada, Tecsult and the University of British Columbia, who were working with municipal governments to develop community capacity to protect and restore environmentally sensitive areas. The project supported management of natural resources in a sustainable manner that created economic dividends for residents. Agriteam’s consultant established a participatory monitoring process, and advised CARE on strategies, approaches and project focus.
REGIONAL AFRICA: Canadian Facilitation for the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (Global Affairs Canada, 2010-2012)
The Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) – which includes Canada – is an association of 53 governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations with the purpose of strengthening partner coordination in conservation and sustainable management of Central Africa’s forest ecosystems. Agriteam was contracted for two years to coordinate and facilitate activities related to the CBFP; to maintain and strengthen the vitality of CBFP’s regional cooperation; pursue dialogue among members; help develop and update the CBFP roadmap so that partners’ activities were better harmonized; and promote CBFP to the international community.
AFGHANISTAN: Panjwayi Drainage, Irrigation and Water Governance Systems Assessment (Global Affairs Canada, 2010-2011)
Through the Agriteam-led process of review, consultation and surveying, this assessment identified potential opportunities to improve a partially-built drainage system, an irrigation system and Mirab and water governance systems in Panjwayi District. The drainage canal design and construction had been hampered by the heavily-salinized soils of the region. The assignment included baseline surveys and data collection, and resulted in an Assessment Report of Needed Drainage and Flood Control Elements as well as an Assessment Report of Needed Irrigation System Improvement and Rehabilitation Requirement.
AFGHANISTAN: Kandahar Village Stabilization Project (KVSP) (Global Affairs Canada, 2010-2011)
KVSP Phase II is an extension of the Pilot Afghan Village Development Project, Phase I which ended in September 2010. Phase II aimed to improve livelihoods in selected villages, enhance local governance and establish hope for affected communities through several initiatives, such as rehabilitation of irrigation structures; provision of drinking water; vocational training; strengthening of agricultural production techniques; creation of market opportunities from the processing of agricultural commodities (e.g. fruit juices); and meeting community demands for services, such as electric lighting in mosques. Agriteam undertook initial environmental assessments and follow-up reviews to determine the sustainability and long-term environmental degradation associated with well-water drilling, irrigation and agricultural projects and incorporated Afghan-specific environmental considerations across all project activities. The project team provided water systems, irrigation and agricultural technical assistance to Afghan partners including training on environmental sustainability assessment best practice and effective methods of implementing social development plans premised on environmental stewardship as a principle ensuring long-term socio-economic development.
CHINA: Monitoring and Evaluation of Gansu & Xinjiang Pastoral Development Projects (World Bank, 2003-2009)
Together with Gansu Agricultural University and Xinjiang Agricultural University, Agriteam was contracted to establish a multi-year Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for a USD $78M agriculture program funded by the World Bank and the Global Environment Fund. The program promoted sustainable resource management and community economic development by strengthening livestock production and government marketing systems that would increase the income of local herders and farmers in 43 counties across Gansu and Xinjian provinces in China. Agriteam’s consultants led two expert M&E teams to complete surveys, interview stakeholders, gather data and analyze the results. Each team included specialists in livestock management, grassland ecology and management, biodiversity, community pasture management, social sciences, hydrology, and management information systems. Agriteam developed a comprehensive M&E Program Framework designed to allow for a continuous assessment of program impact and outcomes. Agriteam also trained Provincial Project Management Offices and County Project Management Offices in charge of data collection and program evaluation. During implementation, Agriteam guided the design of data collection tools and surveys, managed data collection activities, and provided continuous M&E technical support to government officials and the two Agricultural Universities.
CHINA: Inner Mongolia Biodiversity Conservation & Community Development Project (Global Affairs Canada, January 2001 – January 2005)
This project promoted environmentally sustainable development in China by increasing the capacity of Chinese government institutions and agencies in protected area management, biodiversity protection, and promotion of sustainable community development, especially among ethnic minorities. It achieved strengthened technical capacity of government bodies and personnel in three Nature Reserves in Inner Mongolia, building capacity in the use of geographic information systems and monitoring of vegetative conditions using tools such as remote sensing for land use. Three Environmental Education Centres were also developed by the project, located in Dalinor, Wuhai and West Erdos.
CHINA: Capacity and Strategic Environmental Assessment, Public Sector Reform Project (Global Affairs Canada, 1999-2004)
As part of the larger Public Sector Reform Project, Agriteam monitored the sustainability of 13 sub-projects implemented by Canadian implementing partners and their Chinese counterparts by employing environmental assessment methodologies to the M&E process. The team developed sustainability guidelines focused on environmental impacts in collaboration with the implementing partners and conducted reviews and assessments of project activities at regular intervals to ensure environmental concerns were meaningfully integrated into project activities and project management operations.
SRI LANKA: Institutional Strengthening for Comprehensive Water Resources Management (Asian Development Bank, 1996-1998)
Agriteam provided support to the Government of Sri Lanka to establish an improved institutional framework for water sector operations. The project goal was to improve water resources management for all subsector uses throughout the country in support of sustainable socio-economic development. The project’s Action Plan involved five major sub-components: development of a national water resource policy; development of a National Water Act and regulations; strengthening of water sector institutions, including development of a long-term sector coordination mechanism, sector organization recommendations, and strengthening of water agency management; development of a sector information management strategy; and development of a national procedure for comprehensive river basin planning. Agriteam’s Technical Advisor provided ongoing technical advice, which included: monitoring Action Plan implementation; establishing and supporting the national Water Resources Council and Water Resources Secretariat; providing support in all areas of the Action Plan; preparing the project’s training and capacity building program; assisting in the preparation of terms of reference and in the selection of project short-term consultants; and developing linkages with other water sector projects and relevant institutions in Sri Lanka.