Natural resources, and the communities that depend on them, are under increasing stress worldwide. Rising demand, climate change, and conflict are a few of the many factors affecting natural resource management. The Cloudburst Group’s Land Tenure & Natural Resource Management experts bring a multi-disciplinary approach to this complex sector, working with government and private companies to create innovative solutions that result in lasting impact.
The Cloudburst Group’s experts have extensive experience in developing, analyzing and managing REDD+ projects in Africa and Southeast Asia, developing carbon baselines, engaging with communities to create resource management plans and benefit sharing schemes, and mapping community rights. In the increasingly important field of land tenure, we have strong experience providing in-depth land tenure assessments in Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe; engaging with formal and informal land administration/land governance systems; conducting gender analysis; and evaluating programs and projects in the areas of community forestry, pastoralism, and sustainable tourism. We have worked with national ministries to revise their land laws and policies, improve the process of registering rights, and provide guidance on devolving rights to local communities. We have designed projects that get more information about resource rights into the hands of community members in timely and cost effective ways, that demonstrate how donors are collaborating, and that test the impact of a variety projects. We place a strong value on participatory processes and broad stakeholder engagement. Cloudburst’s approach to sustainable development and outcomes is rooted in the belief and practice of ‘do no harm.’ This is achieved through the application of strict environmental compliance with both host country and US environmental laws and regulations, which includes a thorough analysis of potential physical, biological, and social impacts for all interventions. When needed, we prescribe mitigation and monitoring measures are in place to ensure sustainable outcomes which benefit local stakeholders and protect investors.
Additionally, Cloudburst has extensive experience conducting research and evaluations, including pilot and scoping studies, impact and performance evaluations, as well as needs assessments and environmental scans. Well-versed in both single and multi-site evaluations, Cloudburst has conducted small studies and large evaluation designs. Our evaluation designs and data collection methodologies employ both quantitative and qualitative techniques, depending on the needs of the client and resources available. Cloudburst applies both experimental and non-experimental methods and has experience developing online data collection instruments, survey and sampling designs, interview guides, and the presentation of analysis and impact findings in easy-to-understand final reports.
In our private sector work we adopt an FPIC+℠ process. While “FPIC” (Free, Prior and Informed Consent”) is an objective, we believe that a process is necessary to achieve this objective, which we call FPIC+℠. This process was developed by the Cloudburst Group, to promote positive outcomes for stakeholders, including local people, organizations and businesses, interested in pursuing beneficial commercial transactions related to or involving natural resources. Our process is based on a multi-step, adaptive engagement process with local and indigenous people, the investors, and other stakeholders that recognizes national legal standards (particularly with regard to land and resource rights) as a base, not a ceiling, for activities.