Environment

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.

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

We help community, business, and government partners translate climate science and global climate models into downscaled, locally viable strategies and solutions. We work with local and national governments and the private sector to develop programs and policies that will improve resilience to climate impacts, mitigate behaviors that exacerbate vulnerabilities, and protect freshwater supplies, forests, food security, and economic development.

DAI also recognizes that developing countries’ growth—often fueled by the conversion of forests for agriculture expansion and the exploitation of forests for needed foreign exchange—can confound adaptation and contribute to climate change. We strive to end the conflict between advancing development and mitigating climate change through our diverse portfolio of climate change and economic growth services. To support clients’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage low-emission development, our specialists work with national and local governments, communities, and private companies to:

  • Assess mitigation and adaptation options.
  • Craft plans and undertake actions to improve the management of forests, water, and coastal resources.
  • Embed climate resilience strategies within critical sectors, including agriculture, health, infrastructure, and governance.
  • Develop clean energy resources and improve energy efficiency.
  • Establish greenhouse gas accounting and monitoring systems.
  • Capitalize on carbon markets to create economic incentives based on sound resource management.

Our Experts


As a consultant for DAI, Jonathan Ammoun provides technical inputs and oversight on project proposals and climate, natural resource management, and social protection projects.

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Nadya Boneva is an energy engineer and expert in environmental monitoring control and health. She has more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing projects for donors, international organizations, government, and the nongovernmental sector.

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Felicity Buckle is a member of the Climate and Natural Resources Management team at DAI’s U.K. office and is responsible for coordinating its land and property rights portfolio across a variety of donors.

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Zac Bull is a Senior Consultant in climate and natural resource management, based in DAI’s U.K. office.

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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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Jette Findsen has experience working internationally and domestically on issues of climate change, natural resources management, clean energy, and climate finance.

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As part of DAI’s Environment team, Rhiannon Gulick melds technical expertise in natural resource management, energy and climate change with practical experience in business development, facilitation, and technical writing.

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Richard Heap is a Senior Consultant for Climate at DAI and has been involved in some of DAI’s most high-profile programs in the climate and energy sector.

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Paul Jeffery has 22 years of experience leading international development programs in Asia, Africa, and the Balkans. He currently oversees a portfolio of USAID-funded environment projects in Southeast Asia.

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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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Donald Lunan is the Global Director for Climate at DAI.

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Joey Manfredo is an international development professional with more than a decade of project management and leadership experience in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Bhairav Raja is a Client Lead in DAI’s Sustainable Business Group, based in London.

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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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Chris Rose is a Project Director for Climate Change and the Environment with DAI’s EU business.

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Cathy Shaw is Director, Frontiers Team/Know-How Lab. Formerly a researcher in economic development in transition countries, Cathy has worked on long-term programmes in Nigeria and Russia, eastern Europe and central Asia.

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Ruth Sparrey leads the Resilience, Climate, and Environment practice in our U.K. office.

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Shannon Vasamsetti ’s work has focused on the nexis of climate change, rural livelihoods, and natural resource management.

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Catherine Wallis leads our Climate and Natural Resources Team, supporting business development, technical assistance, and project management with a focus on resilient and food-secure communities, healthy productive ecosystems, and sustainable development outcomes in the context of climate hazards.

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For the last 20 years, Walter Weaver has focused his broad interests in development on environment projects in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Africa.

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Our Projects


Asia—Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate (GCoM) and Energy

Our team supports the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

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Dominican Republic—Climate Change Adaptation

DAI is developing a feasibility study and final designs for a climate change adaptation programme for the Yaque del Sur River Basin in the Dominican Republic.

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Nigeria—Infrastructure Advisory Facility (UKNIAF)

The U.K. Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility enhances the management of Nigeria’s infrastructure development towards power sector reform, public-private partnerships, capital spending, and repair and maintenance of federal roads.

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Africa—Building Regional Resilience through Strengthened Meteorological, Hydrological, and Climate Services in the Indian Ocean Commission Member Countries

DAI provided technical expertise to design the Building Regional Resilience through Strengthened Meteorological, Hydrological, and Climate Services in the Indian Ocean Commission Member Countries project for consideration to the Green Climate Fund as part of the Adapt’Action framework contract.

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Mexico Clean Energy Programme

The U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) aims to promote energy-driven low-carbon growth, reducing poverty and generating new market opportunities for symbiotic U.K. partnerships and investments. DAI is helping the FCDO achieve its vision in Mexico by implementing the Clean Energy Program, which aims to develop the skills of men and women, small and medium enterprises, and government institutions to support Mexico’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Bhutan—Decentralisation and Renewable Natural Resource Management

This project supports the implementation of the European Union (EU)-bilateral development cooperation strategy in Bhutan, with particular focus on the two ongoing EU budget support programs: 1) Rural Development and Climate Change, and 2) Local Governance and Fiscal Decentralization.

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Nepal—Renewable Energy Programme (NREP)

Along with key partner Winrock International, DAI is building the capacity of the Government of Nepal to lead and manage the National Small-Scale Renewable Energy Framework—an overarching vision for the off-grid electricity and clean cooking sector.

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Regional—Acting for Climate in South Mediterranean (Clima-Med)

DAI is supporting a regional approach to support the transition towards sustainable, low-carbon, and climate-resilient development in the Southern Mediterranean, specifically Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.

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Ethiopia—GCCA+/Climate Smart Mainstreaming into the Productive Safety Net Program (Climate-Smart PSNP)

The Climate-Smart PSNP project is enhancing the design and planning capacities of Ethiopia’s Public Works Coordination Unit and Food Security Coordination Directorate.

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Worldwide—Expert Advisory Call Down Services (EACDS) Lots B, C, and D

EACDS is a technical advisory call-down service which provides rapid-response, expert support to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and other U.K. Government agencies and other donors.

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Poland—Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility (Poland REFF)

Poland REFF created a program of targeted loans to incentivize borrowing for household improvements that increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

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Guatemala—Nexos Locales

Nexos Locales works with municipalities in Guatemala’s Western Highlands to foster more responsive, inclusive, and effective socio-economic development while reducing local vulnerabilities such as food insecurity and natural disasters. To achieve this goal, the project works at the intersection—or nexos—of good governance.

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Worldwide—Technical Support to the EU LIFE Programme

As part of the Astrale group of nine European partners, we supported the LIFE III Environment Programme from 2001 to 2005 and we have been supporting the whole LIFE III and LIFE + Programmes since 2005, in our role as the External Assistance Team.

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