Environment and Energy

Improved management of natural resources and important ecosystem services not only supports economic growth and strengthens resilience to climate change but also can provide the foundation for sustainable development.

Natural Resource Management

Across the developing world, population growth and surging demand for agricultural land has put tremendous pressure on natural resources as people strive to meet their daily needs for food, shelter, and energy. Many governments face increasing pressure from communities and local and international businesses to exploit natural resources in the quest for economic growth. But DAI’s experience has shown that growth and conservation are not mutually exclusive—in fact, linking the two can have significant, mutually reinforcing benefits.

Promoting broad participation, advocacy, and accountability as the pathway to better-managed natural resources, our specialists partner with local governments and communities to develop and implement the enabling policy and legislative frameworks required to devolve management authority and resource-use rights of the forest, fisheries, and wildlife sectors. Combining local knowledge and the findings of environmental impact assessments, we help to raise awareness of land-use activities that compromise the ecosystem and biodiversity. Building on this heightened environmental awareness among stakeholders, we employ training and incentives to redirect development into sustainable channels.

In parallel, we work with national governments, communities, and conservation organizations to improve the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation at a landscape level, safeguarding emblematic and precious ecosystems and species whose existence is a fundamental cornerstone of a broader sustainable landscape. Our contributions include technical assistance in sustainable financing, improving the systems and mechanisms for scientific research and the formulation of conservation strategies, and improving the effectiveness of protected area and ecosystem management.

Our Experts


As Vice President for Global Health, Jenny Baker ensures that our European health programmes are delivered on time, on budget, and with high quality.

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Kevin Carlucci focuses on resource use efficiency (water, energy) and governance of land and its natural resources. He has particular interest in environmental finance, such as payments for ecosystem services, and in working to demystify how to access climate adaptation funding.

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Twenty years ago, John Costenbader graduated from a small New England college and felt a need to see how the rest of the world lived. Joining the Peace Corps, John served as a forestry volunteer on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Mali’s remote Dogon Plateau region.

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Clive English is a highly experienced project manager and adviser with more than 35 years of project experience in Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South Asia.

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Doreen Erfe joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Philippine Water Revolving Fund Support Program in 2008 as Senior Policy and Institutional Development Specialist.

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For more than 30 years, Jim Green has worked widely in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China as a project director and rural development specialist.

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Nick Hobgood has 22 years of experience leading complex, multi-sector development projects in humanitarian response, democratic initiatives, community-based natural resource management, agriculture, and small business development.

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Jeremy Keeton specializes in biodiversity conservation and climate change, with an emphasis on environmental governance, climate change adaptation, and anti-wildlife trafficking.

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John Leckie has 17 years of international project experience in the land, natural resources, and environment sectors in Europe, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, and South America.

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Joey Manfredo specializes in environment program management, communications, and training design and facilitation, with a focus on climate change adaptation in small island states.

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Alma Porciuncula has been leading DAI’s work in the Philippines on innovative financing for water supply and sanitation projects, policy, and regulatory and utility reform since 1994.

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Jonathan Randall has been working at the intersection of sustainable economic development, climate change, and environmental conservation for more than 17 years.

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Bruce Spake leads the company’s development initiatives in the Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan.

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Catherine Wallis has worked in international development for 14 years with public, commercial, and nonprofit clients across inclusive and sustainable agricultural supply chains, climate, and environmental sectors.

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Our Projects


Honduras—ProParque; Gobernanza en Ecosistemas, Medios de Vida, y Agua (GEMA)

GEMA is working in western Honduras to further improve natural conservation policies; develop opportunities for inclusive, environmentally sustainable economic growth; and promote a more climate-informed and resilient civil society in Honduras.

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Worldwide—Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE)

The BRIDGE team is Integrating biodiversity conservation in development initiatives such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, democracy and governance, inclusive economic growth, food security, health, and trade, can create significant benefits for beneficiaries.

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Worldwide—Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS)

The WALIS program provides technical, programmatic, administrative, and logistical support to USAID in improving the capacity of African water sectors.

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Nepal—Paani

The Paani program works with local and national counterparts to conserve freshwater biodiversity and implement sustainable water management practices in Nepal.

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