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


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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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 Director of the Delivery Unit in DAI’s U.K. office, overseeing the implementation of DAI’s portfolio of programmes with multilateral and U.K. bilateral donors.

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

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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


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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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 GCCA+/Climate Smart Mainstreaming into the Productive Safety Net Program project in Ethiopia works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Bureaus of Agriculture to enable their efforts in prioritizing the environment and climate-smart agriculture.

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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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