Strategy, Research & Analysis

EnviroStrat is an internationally recognised thought leader, adviser researcher in the environmental and natural resources sector.

EnviroStrat’s multi-disciplinary team provides a wide range of expert strategic support and advice. EnviroStrat applies deep environmental and natural resource industry and policy knowledge to ensure objective assessment of strategic issues and in-depth research into some of the key challenges and opportunities in the natural resources sector.

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Case studies:

Waikato Greenhouse Gas Inventory

| Climate, Regional Gov't, Strategy, Research & Analysis | No Comments
EnviroStrat has developed the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory for the Waikato Region. This applies the global community protocol methodology. Revisiting the inventory in 2020 is going to provide a breakdown of emissions for each district within the Region, which will inform both regional and local responses to climate change.

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

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Iwi, Project & Programme Management, Strategy, Research & Analysis | No Comments
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…

A local food economy for Rotorua

| Land & Water Management, Regional Gov't, Strategy, Research & Analysis | No Comments
EnviroStrat was commissioned by Rotorua Economic Development to lead market research to better understand the opportunities and challenges for establishing a local food economy in Rotorua.

Impact Project Development

EnviroStrat is an internationally recognised thought leader, adviser and impact investment project developer.

EnviroStrat is NZ’s leading environmental impact investment project developer. We work to create and execute projects that deliver financial returns alongside deliberate environmental and social benefits. Impact investment funds are increasingly appealing to government, trusts, corporate and institutional investors, with year-on-year growth of at least NZ$350m of new dedicated funding available over the last five years.

EnviroStrat is one of a small number of New Zealand-based multidisciplinary organisations capable of bringing together the complex science, economic and commercial elements necessary to create an ‘investable’ impact opportunity, assist in its execution, and deliver evidence of benefits created.

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World Bank – The transition to a Blue Economy in India: from assessment to investment

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Impact Project Develop't, Internat'l | No Comments
EnviroStrat developed guidelines as part of the Enhancing Coastal and Ocean Resource Efficiency Programme programme of the World Bank.

Bycatch- Free Fish Trap- Feasibility assessment

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Impact Project Develop't, Private | No Comments
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…

Mussel Spat Farm Investment Case – 90 Mile Beach

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Impact Project Develop't, Iwi | No Comments
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.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Independent Review

EnviroStrat is an internationally recognised, independent thought leader and adviser in the natural resource sector.

Effective monitoring and evaluation are key to any project or programme’s success. EnviroStrat has proven capability in monitoring and evaluation of environmental and environment-related programmes, and extensive experience conducting independent reviews.

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Fisheries Performance Indicators – World Bank

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Internat'l, Monitoring, Evaluation & Independent Review | No Comments
The World Bank contracted EnviroStrat to develop a business plan for a fully scaled global deployment of the Fishery Performance Indicators (FPI).

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

| Monitoring, Evaluation & Independent Review, Private | No Comments
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.

Evaluation of the Fresh Start for Fresh Water Fund

| Central Gov't, Land & Water Management, Monitoring, Evaluation & Independent Review | No Comments
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.

Project & Programme Management

EnviroStrat is an internationally recognised thought leader, project and programme manager in the environmental and natural resource sectors.

EnviroStrat is an internationally recognised thought leader, project and programme manager in the environmental and natural resource sectors.
EnviroStrat delivers expert project and programme management across the environmental, natural resource and impact investment sectors. Our team provides tailored end-to-end project management across the entire project life cycle.

EnviroStrat is a trusted project initiator, delivering robust feasibility studies and business cases to provide a solid and effective foundation for initiatives. We have conducted a variety of feasibility studies for projects including regenerative aquaculture and agriculture, fisheries and green technology.

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Case studies:

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

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Iwi, Project & Programme Management, Strategy, Research & Analysis | No Comments
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…

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

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Internat'l, Project & Programme Management | No Comments
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.

Tamaki Estuary Environmental Forum (TEEF) Co-ordinator

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Project & Programme Management, Regional Gov't | No Comments
Programme co-ordinator for TEEF since January 2018. The Co-ordinator facilitates the development of new projects including assistance with funding applications, project identification, relationship management, and project oversight with the aim of helping the forum to achieve its goals.

Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy

EnviroStrat is an internationally recognised thought leader, adviser and project developer in the coastal, marine and blue economy sector.

We work with clients in New Zealand and around the world to identify opportunities and develop marine and coastal projects that generate economic value and contribute positively to social, cultural and environmental well-being.

EnviroStrat is a trusted blue economy advisor and developer, taking an ‘assessment to investment’ approach that understands the roles of government, philanthropic and private entities. We recognise that to create scalable, high quality, investable blue economy projects it is essential to develop innovative approaches to financing new initiatives. That is why our impact investment expertise and network of aligned entities is of such value to our clients.

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Case studies:

World Bank – The transition to a Blue Economy in India: from assessment to investment

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Impact Project Develop't, Internat'l | No Comments
EnviroStrat developed guidelines as part of the Enhancing Coastal and Ocean Resource Efficiency Programme programme of the World Bank.

Fisheries Performance Indicators – World Bank

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Internat'l, Monitoring, Evaluation & Independent Review | No Comments
The World Bank contracted EnviroStrat to develop a business plan for a fully scaled global deployment of the Fishery Performance Indicators (FPI).

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

| Coastal, Marine & Blue Economy, Iwi, Project & Programme Management, Strategy, Research & Analysis | No Comments
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…

Land & Water Management

EnviroStrat is an innovative, trans-disciplinary adviser and researcher on land and water management solutions.  Our advisory work includes several ‘New Zealand firsts’, adapting concepts and practices that have been successfully deployed elsewhere in the world.  We also have core capability in understanding and adapting food systems as they relate to land and water management.  EnviroStrat aligns our science, engineering, economic, financial and public policy capability with deep sectoral experience to design and execute projects for clients.

EnviroStrat’s work has been a blend of advisory and research projects, often originating with a concept or practice we have observed being successfully deployed overseas and adapting it to our unique context.  That is why our global network of aligned entities is of such value to our clients; in particular recognising that many of the solutions to NZ’s land and water challenges have already been successfully developed and deployed elsewhere.

Services

  • Preparation of regional freshwater accounts, using a ‘natural capital chart of accounts’ approach.
  • Preparation, research and input to regional and national fresh water and land use policy and implementation.
  • Preparation of large-scale restoration strategies, using a mix of economic and scientific analyses.
  • Linking current and future food systems to land use, fresh water and climate change at both a macro and micro level.
  • Developing high impact projects from concept through to execution, designed with climate change at their core:
    • Investor engagement.
    • Scenario analysis.
    • Detailed due diligence.
    • Financial modelling and deal structuring.
    • Developing comprehensive investment cases.
    • Securing and executing investment.

EnviroStrat experience includes:

  • Leading the largest fresh water and catchment restoration strategy in NZ; for the Waikato and Waipā Rivers. This included adapting the Investment Framework for Environmental Resources (INFFER), the first time it had been deployed in NZ.
  • Developed a pathway to restoration for Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere on behalf of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This focused on developing investable propositions via climate change-related instruments as a means of generating revenue to enable restoration of Te Waihora and its catchment.
  • Co-leading the past two Organics Aotearoa NZ (OANZ) New Zealand market sector reports.
  • Leading a strategic roadmap for the development of a viable domestic food production approach for Rotorua Catchment on behalf of Kai Rotorua and the Rotorua Economic Development Agency.
  • Leading a review of the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge to understand how its research programme is contributing to national and regional fresh water policy.
  • Leading the NZ first preparation of Water Accounts for Hawkes Bay, to enable the Regional and District Councils and water users to fully understand the implications of their policy and decision making on both availability and quality of fresh water.
  • Leading a series of economic, policy and scientific initiatives as part of the (then) National Government’s fresh water reforms. This work was carried out in a series of joint ventures with regional councils and sector representatives to fully understand both the economic and scientific implications of potential water reforms.
  • Leading the analysis of catchment-scale land use change options as part of an impact investment project in the Upper Waipā catchment.

Case studies:

A local food economy for Rotorua

| Land & Water Management, Regional Gov't, Strategy, Research & Analysis | No Comments
EnviroStrat was commissioned by Rotorua Economic Development to lead market research to better understand the opportunities and challenges for establishing a local food economy in Rotorua.

Outdoor and Environmental Centre – Great Barrier

| Land & Water Management, Regional Gov't | No Comments
Led a feasibility study for an environmental and outdoor education centre designed for providing youth a long-stay, off grid (4-6 weeks) experience on Great Barrier Island. The long term operating model identified a financially feasible approach that aligned with all stakeholders and presented an attractive option for schools and other groups.

Waikato and Waipa River Restoration Strategy

| Land & Water Management, Regional Gov't, Strategy, Research & Analysis | No Comments
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.

Climate Change and Adaptation

EnviroStrat is an innovative project developer and adviser on climate change solutions, including climate resilience and adaptation, carbon accounting and mitigation, and aligning solutions with our other core areas of expertise such as land and water management, economics and markets.

EnviroStrat is a trusted advisor and developer, taking an ‘assessment to investment’ approach to climate solutions that leverage the roles of government, iwi, philanthropic and private entities in addressing climate change challenges.  We provide advice and analysis on nature-based climate solution using our practical experience and the need for solutions that provide multiple environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits.  We recognise that to createscalable, high quality, investable climate-related projects, it is essential to develop innovative and commercial approaches to sustainably financing new initiatives.  Our impact investment expertise and network of aligned entities provides value to our clients by leveraging the imperative for climate mitigation and adaptation with the need to protect and enhance natural capital.

Services

  • Developing high impact projects from concept through to execution, designed with climate change at their core:
    • Investor engagement, including strategic advice in securing interest and partnership exploration.
    • Scenario analysis under different financial and carbon reduction targets.
    • Detailed due diligence.
    • Financial modelling and deal structuring.
    • Developing comprehensive investment cases.
    • Securing and executing investment.
  • Preparation of greenhouse gas inventories for regions, including both ‘looking back’ at the scale and source of emissions, and ‘looking forward’ to assist regions and districts with adapting for the future.
  • Integrating climate change into other sectoral or thematic work we lead, including both marine and terrestrial.
  • Developing data system solutions to climate change as support for decision making and risk management.

EnviroStrat experience includes:

  • Analysis and strategy development for generating climate-related impact revenue as a means of funding large scale, long term restoration and provide for multiple benefits.
  • Originating and developing a regenerative ocean farming model that will deliver multiple climate benefits along the value chain, including carbon emissions avoidance, carbon sequestration from seaweed farming and climate resilience through buffering from storm damage.
  • Regional, local and sectoral greenhouse gas inventories and associated planning responses, following established carbon methodologies and practices. Identification of opportunities for carbon avoidance and removal at different scales and alignment with national-level commitments and targets.
  • Leading development of a blue carbon methodology in NZ which will incorporate ‘blue to green’ attributes by incorporating both seaweed-derived blue carbon, and soil carbon.
  • Developing landscape scale agri-sector greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies via an impact investment approach to large scale land use change.
  • Undertaking research and analysis of finance instruments and opportunities for climate focused investment and finance that deliver multiple benefits (environmental, social, economic).
  • Leading Social Impact Assessments and Social Return on Investment analyses associated with climate hazards in coastal areas, at a regional (Hawkes Bay) and district (Hauraki, Kapiti Coast) levels, as part of broader adaptation strategy for impacted coastal communities.
  • Developed a pathway to restoration for Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere on behalf of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This focused on developing investable propositions via climate change related funding instruments as a means of generating revenue to enable restoration of Te Waihora and its catchment.

Case studies:

Waikato Greenhouse Gas Inventory

| Climate, Regional Gov't, Strategy, Research & Analysis | No Comments
EnviroStrat has developed the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory for the Waikato Region. This applies the global community protocol methodology. Revisiting the inventory in 2020 is going to provide a breakdown of emissions for each district within the Region, which will inform both regional and local responses to climate change.

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EnviroStrat operates nationwide in New Zealand and regularly in the USA, India and developing nations throughout Southeast Asia.

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