At Resonance, we believe that a prosperous and just world can only sustain itself with a healthy and thriving natural ecosystem. Today’s global environmental challenges – land, water, or climate-based – are more complex than ever before. Thus, it is crucial that businesses, governments, and citizens work together to solve our multifaceted environmental problems.
In celebration of Earth Day, the largest, civic-focused day of action in the world, we’d like to share some of our recent natural resource management work that supports this worldwide sustainability initiative.
Conserving Bio-Diversity with Mobile Applications
Resonance is exploring how mobile applications can be used to document community forests in a number of pilot countries around the world. The goal of the project is to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable forest-based enterprises. Strong land tenure security, or protected property rights, have been shown to increase investments in land management practices and reduce geographic conflicts, among many other benefits.
This initiative is through the USAID Land Technology Solutions (LTS) Project.
Promoting Clean and Healthy Cookstoves
Resonance is guiding and helping to implement a strategy to promote improved cookstoves for women fish processors in Ghana. The improved Ahotor stoves decrease smoke exposure for the 35,000 mostly small-scale women processors in Ghana, produce healthier fish by reducing carcinogen compounds formed when using traditional smokers, and increase profitability by being more fuel efficient (thereby helping to reduce some of the growing pressures leading to deforestation). It is an example of how improving lives can go hand in hand with sustainable environmental management.
Resonance is a subawardee on the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), led by the University of Rhode Island.
Supporting Climate Policy in the Philippines
Resonance supported a consortium of renewable energy companies and the government of the Philippines to identify policy frameworks that can boost investment into renewable energy in the Philippines. This has resulted in the publication of high-level white papers that have since become key references for new energy legislation and investors seeking to participate in the country’s growing energy market.
Transparency in Seafood Supply Chains
Resonance is developing partnerships with technology companies, the seafood industry, and governments in Asia, that support the development of digital catch documentation and traceability (CDT) systems. These systems create more transparency in seafood supply chains, reduce illegal fishing and improve fisheries management. Resonance established strategic partnerships with technology providers, like Inmarsat, to utilize traceability tools tthat ensure the successful development, implementation, and adoption of the CDT systems. We have also built partnerships with major seafood buyers, like Anova and Thai Union, to provide incentives for fishers and suppliers to adopt these electronic traceability systems.
This initiative is through the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership.
Climate Resiliency in East Africa
Resonance facilitated partnerships to strengthen the climate resiliency and sustainability of East African organisations and communities. One of these partnerships piloted innovative monitoring technologies in a Ugandan water utility to show the technology could function in the East African context. The partnership improved service delivery, provided two-way communication between the water utilities and their customers, and reduced water loss by over 24%.
Resonance also partnered with organizations providing weather and climate information to improve the quality and availability of their services – supporting resilient decision-making in sectors such as agriculture and disaster risk management. Resonance worked with some of these organisations further to improve their business models for greater financial sustainability over time.
Resonance was a key implementing partner on the USAID/East Africa Planning for Resilience in East Africa through the Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development (PREPARED) project.
This work by our passionate and industrious staff, colleagues, and partners helps to build corporate and government accountability around the world. However, Resonance additionally recognizes, that this kind of project work also has an impact on our environment, and we are actively examining our own carbon footprint and ways that we can be more environmentally responsible while maintaining the high quality of work we have come to be known for.