Projects

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

Africa Energy Atlas 2017

This Atlas funded by African Development Bank/The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa the Infrastructure was produced in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Africa is rich in energy resources but still has limitations in its capability to exploit and use them. In many African countries, power is inaccessible, unaffordable and unreliable—about half the population still has no access to electricity.  On the other hand, the continent has vast but virtually unexploited energy resources. This Atlas compiles and synthesizes data and information about Africa’s energy potential and the pace of change in energy production and consumption. It presents the most recent available data in a format that is easily understandable to policy makers, investors and the public by using visually strong and imaginatively maps, time-line graphs, charts and comparative satellite images. Its clear narrative illustrates the challenges and opportunities in meeting Sustainable Development (SDG) Goal 7: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. Its unique features include an assessment of the environmental impacts of energy development; the links between energy and gender; integration of energy markets through five regional power pools; and energy profiles of each of the 54 African countries.

 

Rawanda State of Environment and Outlook Report (SOER) for 2017: Attaining Sustainable Urbanization in Rawanda

The overall objective of this consultancy awarded by the Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) , Government of Rwanda  is to prepare the 5th State of Environment Report focusing mainly on identifying environmental problems and emerging climate change issues in relation to urbanization of Rwanda and to analyze how the current policy, legal strategic frameworks and plans are responsive to the above issues.

The consultancy will also provide a framework for monitoring and reporting on progress in building sustainable urban areas in Rwanda with special focus on Kigali and the six secondary cities with special development of appropriate indicators.

 

South Sudan State of Environment and Outlook Report 2017 

After years of civil war, South Sudan is facing urgent environmental and natural resource challenges including: deforestation, land degradation, loss of biodiversity and habitat, pollution of land and water resources, conflicts over diminishing resources such as forests, rangelands, water points for livestock, and poor solid waste and sanitation services in urban areas. However, the extent of these environmental challenges is not known, and there is an urgent need to assess the environmental situation and gather data and information on which to base the necessary interventions. Most of the required data and information are either absent, obsolete or not organized in a manner that can make them a basis for policy and decision making. 

The report commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP ) South Sudan Office: will help the Government of South Sudan and other stakeholders to make informed decisions about its environment and to maintain a sustainable environment in the most effective way possible.

 

Economy of Land Degradation in Asia

The objective of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is to combat desertification and land degradation, and to mitigate the effects of drought in affected countries around the world through effective action at all levels.

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) is a global initiative on the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems. The Initiative highlights the value of sustainable land management and provides a global approach for analysis of the economics of land degradation. It aims to make economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision making by increasing the political and public awareness of the benefits of sustainable management of land and land-based ecosystems. This global Initiative “Economics of Land Degradation” has been initiated by BMZ, UNCCD and the European Commission.

The plan is to prepare a report, funded by GIZ, on the state of our knowledge on land degradation and natural capital for Asian Countries clearly showing the comparison of benefits and costs of action to sustainable land management (SLM).

 

Exploring the Feasibility of an Inclusive Green Economy Index

Ms Barr wrote this Background Paper for UNEP's workshop on developing an Inclusive Green Economy Index, which she presented at the meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 6-7 November 2013. She also facilitated sessions at the workshop and prepared the proceedings, which underscore the main messages.

 

Kigali State of Environment and Outlook 2013

EPI won the contract through a global tendering process from the Government of Rwanda. It was responsible for the report from data collection through to printing and worked in collaboration with UNEP.

This report provides decision makers with information about the present state of Kigali’s environment and trends in environmental conditions, using the DPSIR methodology. It also provides an Outlook section and suggests policy options that could help the city achieve Rwanda’s Vision 2020 goal to make Kigali ‘a state-of-the-art and aesthetically appealing city’.

 

 

Kenya-State of the Environment and Outlook, 2010

as well as its “Summary for Decision Makers.” (click on the image to download)

These products were developed though a collaboration between EPI, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Resource Information Database (GRID) Sioux Falls, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). EPI’s role was to design the publication and provide the professional lay-out.

Kenya’s State of Environment and Outlook 2010 highlights the opportunities presented by Kenya's natural resource base to support “Vision 2030”, the country's development program for 2008 to 2030. It also assesses the status of, and threats to, key resources, including land, water, wetlands, biodiversity, forests, and coastal and marine resources. In addition, it looks at issues related to economics, poverty and gender and their links with the environment. This report also forms the basis for the preparation of operational sector policies, enhancing the integration of environmental concerns into development processes, and preparing environmental action plans.

 

Kenya Wetlands Atlas

EPI collaborated with UNEP’s Regional Office for Africa to produce this Atlas, which describes and assesses the state of Kenya’s wetland areas. The purpose of the Atlas is to make the challenges and opportunities faced by Kenya’s wetland resources, as presented in the Atlas, more visible to policy makers, governmental institutions and the general public.

 

 

 

 

OUR SOE REPORTING

State of the Environment 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