Currently the main scope of activities of the ESS is:
Sustainable Forest Management and Certification
In forest management and timber harvesting, wise use and sustainability have become of critical importance. Certification is the means to achieve sustainability and to communicate sustainable forest management with the market and the public. ESS helps forestry companies with feasibility studies and management plans, and with sustainable forest management and obtaining ‘green’ certification.
Baseline, Environmental Impact, and Monitoring Studies
Development projects require that the baseline situation before the project starts is assessed, and that impact on the environmental and social fabric is predicted and monitored. Environmental and social costs versus benefits must be known. Advice is needed on measures to reduce adverse impacts and enhance beneficial ones. ESS implements baseline and impact assessment studies in relation to e.g. mining, energy, forestry and transport development projects.
Valuation of Intangible Resources
Natural areas are often defined by intangibles with uncertain market value, such as clean water, fresh air, and diversity of life. ESS advises on how to conserve such intangibles and transforms them into tangible revenues, such as by means of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and tourism (e.g. ecotourism), with due consideration of cultural sensitivities.
Training and Extension
Performance and results depend on well trained people, equipped to their task. Training and extension help to stay informed concerning developments in various fields. ESS offers help with organizing training and extension meetings.
Plan, Policy, and Project Development
Suggestions and ideas, even global initiatives, need to be translated in realistic policies and well documented plans at a manageable scale. This is true for businesses as well as governments. ESS offers its support for policy, plan and project (PPP) development.
Project Management, Fund Raising, and Recruitment
ESS can assume the responsibility of project manager on behalf of its clients. It also offers support to identify and approach funds and donors, and to recruit experienced staff and trainees.
You can find a selected list of projects by clicking on the theme headings above or choosing from the Projects directory.