BlueIwiProject Management

Chatham Rock Phosphate (Managing the response to a proposal for Deep Sea Phosphate Mining)

Envirostrat successfully led the response of New Zealand’s largest tribe to a proposal for deep sea phosphate mining on the Chatham Rise, NZ. Developed and executed a strategy to refute the evidence presented by the applicant through a 3 month hearing process, including engaging and managing experts in economics, ecology, ecotoxicology, planning, and international best practice. There were a number of unresolved issues, including the impact on existing fisheries and cultural interests, the need for adaptive management in the context of very large infrastructure development, restoration techniques using the precautionary principle, and the reliance of modelling as a proxy for…
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
BlueInternationalProject Management

Programme Mobilisation – Coastal Fisheries Initiative Challenge Fund (World Bank Group)

Envirostrat was engaged to design the multi-year, multi-country Coastal Fisheries Initiative Challenge Fund work program to ensure it is implemented efficiently and effectively around the main components of the programme: Fisheries investment criteria and responsible investor dialogues; investment advisory facility; knowledge management and learning, monitoring and strategic communications. This required identifying and establishing project management controls consistent with World Bank operational policies and procedures.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
GreenRegional GovernmentResearch & Analysis

West Coast Regional Council ‘One Window’ feasibility and options analysis

Envirostrat prepared a review for the West Coast Regional Council, in consultation with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and Ngati Waewae as part of a programme of work known as ‘One Window’. The review identifies concrete actions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of minerals permitting / consenting for all participants in the process, including regulators, industry, iwi, and interested stakeholders. Following an extensive look into the efficiency of the existing permit requirements, Envirostrat produced a number of recommendations relating to coordination, standardisation and delegation to improve the minerals permitting process for all involved.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
BlueImpact Project DevelopmentPrivate Sector

Bycatch- Free Fish Trap- Feasibility assessment

Envirostrat led the development and testing of the prototype of a bycatch-free fish trap. The trap is designed to improve the selectivity of commercial fishing by eliminating bycatch of non-target species and juvenile fish, and removes risk to seabirds, and impacts on marine mammals. Envirostrat thoroughly investigated the feasibility of the device and carried out a trial of the prototype in the Leigh Harbour lasting 5 months to test its effectiveness in meeting the success criteria for the project. A number of challenges with the design aspects of the prototype were identified and solutions to fix these were provided to…
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
BlueImpact Project DevelopmentIwi

Mussel Spat Farm Investment Case – 90 Mile Beach

EnviroStrat prepared the Investment Case for an open ocean 1,200 ha Mussel Spat Farm off 90 Mile Beach for three far north tribes and the aquaculture sector to address a critical risk to future growth of the mussel sector. EnviroStrat worked with the three tribes, industry, stakeholders, and MPI, as well as potential investors throughout the process. The investment case involved strategic assessment, consideration of social, environmental, cultural and economic factors, detailed financial modelling, legal analysis and engineering design.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
BlueImpact Project DevelopmentPrivate Sector

Feasibility of seafood sector Impact Investment in the Hauraki Gulf

Envirostrat led a study, funded by Foundation North, into the feasibility of impact investment to provide the pathway to a high value, low impact seafood sector in the Hauraki Gulf. This included several elements of the fishery sector; shelving fishing quota, converting the current trawling fleet to more sustainable methods, development of high value salt water fishing tourism, development of fin fish aquaculture, and the creation of a sustainable fishery brand for the Hauraki Gulf.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
BluePrivate SectorResearch & Analysis

Deepwater group seabird analysis

Envirostrat produced a paper on behalf of Deepwater Group Ltd to provide an independent collation and summary of existing risk assessments and associated data and information arising from the interaction of seabirds and marine mammals with the New Zealand deep-water fleet. It identifies and prioritises risks and explores extant and untested mitigation measures for the deep-water fleet, which will allow the Deepwater Group to prioritise future operational improvements in a targeted manner, recognising both the level and consequence of risk.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
BlueCentral GovernmentResearch & Analysis

Economic Impact Joint Venture Studies

As part of the National Government freshwater reforms, Envirostrat ran a team of economists, scientists and social scientists with an overall budget of several million dollars developing a series of integrated economic models to assess the implications of different policy scenarios across a range of uses of fresh water. Envirostrat’s role was highly complex and involved managing >35 contracts in excess of $2.5M. The programme was run in a series of joint ventures between local councils, sector groups and central government agencies (MPI, MFE, DOC), and linking science, policy, and economics with government decision making. The ability to synthesise multiple…
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
BlueInternationalResearch & Analysis

UN Rio +20 Blue Economy Review

Envirostrat was appointed by the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission of UNESCO as lead author of a cross-UN paper Blueprint for Ocean Sustainability – the core UN Oceans policy paper leading to the 2012 Rio+20 Global Environmental Summit. This paper provided the UN Oceans agencies with a succinct summary of the current issues and problems in the world’s oceans, and identified ten proposals for future action that were intended to galvanise both UN agencies and member states at the recent Rio+20 Conference.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
GreenRegional GovernmentResearch & Analysis

Waikato and Waipa River Restoration Strategy

Envirostrat led the development and drafting of a long-term action plan that prioritises and guide $300M of future investment in restoration activities for the Waikato River Authority, river tribes, councils and industry. This restoration strategy ultimately provides for the attainment of the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River, which is the guiding document that underpins freshwater management in NZ’s largest watershed.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
BlueRegional GovernmentResearch & Analysis

Tai Timu Tai Pari Sea Change – New Zealand’s first Marine Spatial Plan

Envirostrat Director Dr Nigel Bradly was the lead Author of New Zealand’s first Marine Spatial Plan, in the Hauraki Gulf. Sea Change was a collaboratively developed initiative with representation from environmental groups, the community, commercial sectors and Māori. Sea Change had a focus on spatial and strategic prioritisation for commercial fishing, new marine protected areas, water quality improvements, ‘blue infrastructure’ and growth of aquaculture. Key to its success was the integration across different levels of government (national and regional), across the land / sea interface, and across different economic sectors. The implementation pathways include regulatory reform, impact investment in key…
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
GreenImpact Project DevelopmentIwi

Restoration of Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere

Envirostrat was engaged by Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu to prepare a restoration strategy for Te Waihora and surrounding catchment, as current approaches that rely on government grants are not having the required impact on the highly impacted estuarine lake and catchment. Envirostrat identified innovative approaches to monetising and scaling restoration through payment for ecosystem services including carbon forestry, trialling blue carbon within the lake, use of freshwater / brackish macroalgae for nutrient removal, wetland creation for both water quality and biodiversity impact, as well as environmental impact investment.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
Monitoring & EvaluationPrivate Sector

Current state analysis and market review: ESR food and water activities

Envirostrat was commissioned by ESR to review its food and water activities and how they contribute to ESR’s core purpose and key outcomes; in particular, providing scientific capacity for New Zealand on a financially and scientifically sustainable basis. Envirostrat identified four key issues for the organisation: strategic direction; customer centricity; internal engagement; and delivering results. Envirostrat developed a number of recommendations for ESR to fix the identified issues and improve overall performance.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
Central GovernmentGreenMonitoring & Evaluation

Evaluation of the Fresh Start for Fresh Water Fund

Envirostrat was commissioned by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) to evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes achieved from each of seven projects funded through the Fresh Start for Fresh Water Clean-up Fund. Envirostrat reviewed the projects in detail and produced a number of recommendations so that future funding is more effectively used to achieve the objectives of each project and the overall programme.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
BlueMonitoring & EvaluationRegional Government

Hauraki Gulf Forum Review

Envirostrat was asked by the Hauraki Gulf Forum to review whether the Forum was effectively promoting the objectives of part one of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Act 2000 and identify changes that could be made to help the Forum achieve these objectives. Envirostrat identified the successes and failures from the Hauraki Gulf Forum and concluded that the Forum was failing to adequately promote the objectives of the Act. Envirostrat then developed a total of 22 recommendations for the Forum to follow to better achieve the objectives of the Act and ensure the overall health of the Hauraki Gulf is sustained.
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
GreenImpact Project DevelopmentPrivate Sector

An Innovative Approach to Large Scale Land Use Change: Upper Waipa Impact Investment Feasibility

The Waipa catchment is a significant contributor to the sediment and nutrient load of the Waikato and Waipa River catchments. Waikato River Authority and Waikato Regional Council catalysed and funded a feasibility study to investigate whether impact investing could enable accelerated land use and/or land cover change to achieve multiple environmental and social benefits, whilst delivering a positive financial return. The project built on the environmental enhancement projects that have been identified and prioritised through the Waikato River and Waipa River Restoration Strategy and the priorities identified in the Waipa Catchment Plan and Healthy Rivers Plan Change.  Traditional solutions to mitigate and improve ecosystem services on productive land (including…
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020
Central GovernmentGreenProject Management

Environmental Protection Authority Creation – Programme Management

One of the initial priorities of the 2008 National Government following its election was the establishment of a new entity to provide for a more rapid and effective delivery of national significant resource consent proposals than had been occuring under the Resource Management Act. EnviroStrat was retained to project manage the Ministry for the Environment team establishing an Environmental Protection Authority within MfE Successful launch of the EPA occurred with all main requirements in place for day one of operation. Specifically, EnviroStrat Created and implemented the plan of attack to ensure delivery to time, cost and quality requirements Managed the…
Envirostrat
February 12, 2020

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