FOCUS

Consulting and Applications Functions

  • State of the Environment (SOE) reporting; identification and communication of emerging environmental issues and solutions from local to global levels
  • Development and production of environmental Atlases by integrating data from multiple sources
  • Application of remote sensing, GIS and web based technologies for environmental monitoring and modeling
  • Provision of data, indicators and indices about environmental issues related to energy, water, forests, the green economy, resource efficiency and other sustainable development issues
  • Access and delivery of near-real-time monitoring data, including crowd-sourced data using smart phones and other devices
  • Development of environmental knowledge management systems
  • Performance monitoring and evaluation using rating and rankings

Advisory Services Functions

  • Risk assessment due to climate change and loss of ecosystem services, specifically related to estimating carbon due to land-use/land-cover change
  • Advisory services on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) related to sustainable development
  • Training in State of the Environment reporting, REDD+, climate change adaptation and mitigation, Ecosystem valuation tools
  • Training in strategic and change management, public relations, ethics, conflict resolution, competency based interviews, computer security, and communications for organizations involved in sustainable development activities
  • Assistance in organizing environmental events

Think Tank Function

Research and Think pieces on contemporary sustainable development challenges.

 


 

OUR S.O.E. REPORTING

State of the Environment (SOE) reports gather and convey information about the status and trends in a specific geographical context with the goal of improving environmental conditions in the long run. EPI is at the forefront of the ever-emerging field of SOE reporting. It keeps abreast of the methodologies, conceptual frameworks and communication technologies being used most effectively in SOE reporting to influence specific users, especially decision-makers.

It preparing an SOE product, suite of products or an on-going SOE reporting program for a client, EPI’s service includes the following (for example, see our Kenya SOE 2010 report):

  • helping the client identify the purpose of its SOE report or program and its intended audience
  • helping to identify the geographical focus: by jurisdiction (national, regional, municipal), ecosystem, environmental media, hot-spot, etc.
  • helping to identify the temporal scope (time period of environmental trends)
  • helping to identify a specific focus (environmental media, economic sector, priority issue, emerging trend, etc.)
  • helping to design the most appropriate SOE product(s), program or service for its needs
  • identifying and contacting the institutions and organizations that report on the various aspects of environmental change in the client’s region
  • identifying or selecting appropriate indicators, aggregated indexes and families of indicators (descriptive, predictive, performance and comparative indicators, for example) to illustrate environmental conditions and trends
  • using both qualitative and quantitative indicators to show environmental states and trends, including performance indicators that gauge progress towards selected goals and targets
  • compiling reliable, up-to-date and authoritative data to populate the selected indicators
  • overcoming problems related to harmonizing and verifying data from conflicting sources and different time-periods
  • identifying and resolving gaps in needed data and indicators
  • populating the selected indicators with reliable, up-to-date and authoritative data and constructing related maps, graphs, charts and tables
  • interpreting the indicators in accompanying text to clarify definitions, meaning and context
  • identifying the most appropriate conceptual framework to organize the material. For example, EPI has expertise in the well-known DPSIR framework (Driving Forces, Pressure, State, Impact, Response) used by UNEP and OECD
  • in keeping with SOE reporting on Driving Forces, researching, assessing and analyzing the political, social and economic drivers of the detected environmental change and researching and writing about the history and context within which it occurs
  • providing a compelling narrative that shows the links between human activity and environmental change
  • providing relevant and visually compelling photographs to enliven the report’s pages
  • providing professional management of the entire production process in close cooperation with the client
  • providing professional editing and proof-reading services
  • laying-out of the final report by a professional graphic designer
  • providing printing services if required
  • providing appropriate technologies to make the product(s) available electronically
  • providing on-going services to keep the information and communication up-to-date, if required

 


 

OUR ATLASES

Atlases of Environmental Change are a specialized type of SOE report. EPI works in close collaboration with its clients and with UNEP to produce these exceptional Atlases (see, for example, the Kenya Wetlands Atlas) being produced in collaboration between EPI and UNEP and other partners, and other examples produced by UNEP in collaboration with client nations.

EPI has developed a tried-and-true methodology for producing such Atlases, including many of the same elements of SOE reporting, but incorporating specialized visual components. Development includes the following steps:

  • identifying environmental hot-spots in the client’s selected geographical region at the chosen scale (country, region, state, city, ecosystem)
  • revealing environmental change through paired satellite images of specific places within the region
  • providing a compelling narrative by researching, assessing and analyzing the political, social and economic drivers of the visual changes in the landscape and researching and writing the history and context within which the environmental change occurs
  • applying the DPSIR framework (Driving Forces, Pressure, State, Impact, Response) or other recognized and appropriate conceptual framework to organize the accompanying text
  • selecting appropriate indicators to illustrate the environmental change identified and constructing related maps, graphs, charts and tables from reliable, up-to-date and authoritative data to populate them
  • using both qualitative and quantitative indicators to show environmental states and trends, including performance indicators that gauge progress towards selected goals and targets
  • providing relevant and visually compelling photographs to enliven the Atlas’s pages
  • providing professional management of the entire production process in close cooperation with the client
  • providing professional editing and proof-reading services
  • laying-out of the Atlas by a professional graphic designer
  • providing printing services if required
  • providing appropriate technologies to make the product(s) available electronically
  • providing on-going services to keep the information and communication up-to-date, if required