Partners

partnersEarthmind collaborates with a diverse range of partner organisations in the Private Sector, Public Sector and Non-Profit Sector. In some cases, the engagements are contractual; in others, they are voluntary. In all cases, the engagements aim to promote synergies for sustainable prosperity. This page highights some of our partners and clients and our work together.


Private Sector Partners

A key focus of the work of Earthmind  is engagement with the private sector. Companies and the projects we have worked on include the following:

  • Credit Suisse – guidance on strategic NGO engagement
  • D’Appolonia – support to the environmental and social auditing work
  • Danone - support to their Wetland Carbon Partnership with IUCN and Ramsar
  • DuPont – sustainability expertise for their Sustainable Solutions division
  • Eon - support to development of guidance on managing the biodiversity aspects of offshore wind energy
  • Petronas – advice on developing policies and strategies on biodiversity, business ethics and water
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers - collaboration with respect to the TEEB for Business Report and the EU Business @ Biodiversity Platform
  • Shell - co-author of the IUCN/Shell report on Building Biodiversity Business, guidance on biodiversity action in the Niger Delta
  • South Stream Offshore Gas Pipeline – biodiversity specialist for their Lender’s Environmental and Social Consultant (LESC)
  • Total - guidance on biodiversity action and independent review processes
  • Yemen LNG - coordination of the Independent Review Panel for their Biodiversity Action Plan

Public Sector Partners

Earthmind has partnered with several international and national public sector organisations including the following:

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) - on-going support to policy negotiations and development, notably in the areas of financial resources, business engagement, and incentive measures
  • European Commission (EC) - technical support to the EC Business @ Biodiversity Platform, to discussions on innovative financial mechanisms for biodiversity, and to assessing non-ODA biodiversity financing
  • European Investment Bank (EIB) - coordination of a tender process for a proposed scoping exercise for the biodiversity investment fund for Europe
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF) - independent review of the revision of the resource allocation framework, technical adviser to development of a UNDP business and biodiversity project, coordination and facilitation of IW:LEARN workshops on valuation of marine and river ecosystems in Cape Town and Ouagadougou
  • Global Mechanism - support to consultations and policy development on trade and sustainable land management with ICTSD
  • Government of Kuwait - development and coordination of the first phase of the Independent Review Panel for the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Programme
  • Government of the Netherlands – support to the development of a new international, voluntary financing scheme for biodiversity under the Green Development Initiative
  • Government of Switzerland – collaboration for hosting a briefing for African governments in Nairobi on the Green Development Initiative and support to its pilot phase
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) - research on labour and the environment, jobs and foreign direct investment, and on sustainable enterprise; review of HQ/regional offices linkages in the employment programme
  • International Trade Centre (ITC) - research and advice on BioTrade, carbon exports and private sector engagement
  • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands - coordination of the Wetland Carbon Partnership with Danone and IUCN, guidance on corporate support
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - independent review of the GEF as the financial mechanism, research and guidance on a resource mobilisation strategy
  • United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) – developed and coordinated the first phase of the Independent Review Panel of the the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Programme
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - programmatic and policy support to the BioTrade Initiative, particularly with respect to CBD COP 8, 9 and 10
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - technical advisor to the development of a GEF project to mainstream biodiversity into the oil and gas sector in the Niger Delta
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - development of biodiversity policy models linked to European agreements, support to the conceptualisation of the Green Economy Initiative (GEI) and to the study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
  • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) – development of strategic guidance on private sector engagement and research on the economics of investing in disaster risk reduction
  • World Bank - technical advise on public expenditure for sustainable land management in Uganda
  • World Heritage Centre - support for the development of a master’s degree programme on World Heritage at Work

Non-Profit Sector Partners

Earthmind has partnered with several academic institutions and environment and development NGOs.  In particular, it has worked extensively with the borader IUCN community:

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    • Business & Biodiversity Programme – development of a small and medium enterprise (SME) engagement strategy, development of the ‘business and markets journey’ and subsequent report for the 4th World Conservation Congress
    • Economics Programme – coordination of the Wetland Carbon Programme with Danone and Ramsar, co-author of the TEEB for Business Report and the IUCN/Shell report on Building Biodiversity Business, analysis of the policy discussion on a green economy, general technical support to various Programme activities
    • Global Marine and Polar Programme – coordination of the Yemen LNG Independent Review Panel, technical support to Eon on the biodiversity impacts of offshore wind, organisation and facilitation of technical workshops on valuation of marine biodiversity with GEF IW:LEARN and PERSGA in Cape Town and Jeddah, general technical support to various Programme activities particularly with respect to coastal economic developments
    • Water Programme – organisation and facilitation of a technical workshop on valuation of rivers biodiversity with GEF IW:LEARN in Ouagadougou Regions
    • Regional Office for Europe – technical support to the EC Business @ Biodiversity Platform including preparation of the bid, development of the EU Conference on Business and Biodiversity under the Portuguese Presidency and drafting of the subsequent report, scoping of a European campaign against overfishing
    • Regional Office for East and Southern Africa – inputs into development of a programme for sustainable and equitable gas developments on the northern coast of Mozambique
      Regional Office for West and Central Africa - review of the use of economic valuation for biodiversity and livelihoods in West Africa
    • Le Comité français de l’UICN - review of the first pilot project in Senegal of the Danone Wetland Carbon Partnership
    • Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) - member of working groups on private sector
    • Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) - member of the working groups on private sector accountability and on macroeconomics, trade and investment
    • Species Survival Commission (SSC) - member of specialist group on sustainable use
    • World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) - guidance on revising the working group on finance and member of the working groups on tourism and valuation
  • Duke University - sponsoring organisation for their Geneva internship programme
  • Graduate Institute, Geneva - guest lectures on the Green Development Initiative and global biodiversity policy
  • International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) - facilitation of a technical workshop and input into a report on trade and sustainable land management with the Global Mechanism
  • Kent State University - sponsoring organisation for their Geneva internship programme
  • Life Institute – collaboration in hosting the 4th Expert Meeting on the Green Development Initiative
  • Oxford University Wildlife Research Unit (WildCru) - guest lectures on business and biodiversity
  • Robert Kennedy College - lecturing and thesis supervision in online MBA and DBA programmes
  • Solidaridad – development of a pipeline of projects to establish Verified Conservation Areas
  • Sustainable Management School Switzerland – lecturer in business and biodiversity
  • Syracuse University - guest lecture on global biodiversity policy and resource mobilisation
  • University of Klagenfurt – guest lectures on protected areas finance
  • World Land Trust – technical advice on a bio-carbon business plan for a private forest in Belize and collaboration on Verified Conservation Areas
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