Currently, the main scope of activities of ESS are:
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 land and production management with the market and the public. ESS helps companies with feasibility studies, 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 natural and social environment 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, agriulture, 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, carbon sequestration and diversity of life. Such intangibles can be experienced directly by visitors, and this is the basis of nature tourism and a key aspect of ecotourism. ESS advises on how to conserve such intangibles and transforms them into tangible revenues, such as by means of tourism (e.g. ecotourism), with due consideration of cultural sensitivities.
Training, Extension and Publication
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 tailor-made design and the organizing of training and extension meetings, at least in the context of the forest and environmental sectors. ESS also contributes to education and awareness through publication of information related to ecology and the environment in collaboration with other organizations.
Plan, Policy and Project Development
Suggestions and ideas, even global initiatives in the forest and environmental sectors 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 development.
Project Management, Fundraising, and Recruitment
Within the forest and environmental sectors context, 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.