- Designs, implements, and supports initiatives that foster more productive and sustainable relationships between ecosystems and market systems by conducting market assessments and value chain analyses to understand climate change impacts on local livelihoods;
- Assesses how changing access to natural resources affects current economic livelihoods and long-term livelihood security and assists productive rural households in adapting to changing landscapes and natural resource bases as a result of climate change;
- Develops markets, distribution channels, and supply chains for clean energy technologies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- Identifies appropriate policy actions to support enterprises in adapting to the effects of climate change;
- Works with businesses to more efficiently use resource inputs and reduce waste outputs;
- Designs and facilitates payment for ecosystem services (PES) mechanisms within economic sectors that reduce supply chain risk and improve livelihoods at the supplier-level by incentivizing long-term, responsible use of natural resources and protection of critical ecosystem services; and
- Supports youth to enter and succeed as workers and entrepreneurs in emerging environmental business sectors.
Environmental Enterprise Curriculum Development and Training
EVI designs and delivers trainings using a participative and experiential learning methodology. EVI provides environmental enterprise development training and technical expertise for businesses in a number of areas including:
- The business case for greenhouse gas reduction technologies;
- Greening of supply chains and internal processes;
- Identifying markets for green products; and,
- Guidance for policymakers and practitioners in assessing how climate change adaptation affects core economic sectors and drives demand for new products and services.
Recent EVI projects related to Environmental Sustainability include:
- United States: Green business website development in partnership with NGOs and public sector microenterprise development organizations; design a web-based resource intended to facilitate small business owners to adopt environmentally sustainable business practices and identify new markets for green products and services based on regional demand;
- Haiti: Market development of a new, environmentally-responsible fuel sector that creates new jobs while increasing and diversifying farmer incomes in rural areas; provides a clean fuel for cooking and heating; reduces industrial heavy-fuel oil imports; and, secures critical forest cover which has been degraded by 98% as a result of demand for timber-based fuels;
- Tanzania: Market research to identify barriers to entry and competitiveness of women-owned, sustainable fuel briquette production enterprises; provision of training for women on critical enterprise development and management skills; and technical assistance for women on improving physical characteristics of fuel briquettes to better to compete with traditional charcoal; and
- Madagascar: Adaptation of entrepreneurship training materials to build the capacity of micro-franchisees offering affordable household solar lighting products to bottom of the pyramid consumers in developing countries.