Tetra Tech addresses today’s most pressing global environmental challenge: balancing development and the environment. Population growth, human migration, civil strife, and pollution threaten the natural resources and ecological systems that are essential to our survival and well-being.Out of this challenge grows our strength—the ability to help clients create and implement socially and economically viable solutions to environmental problems. Our tailor-made solutions are generated using local knowledge and participation, and are designed to promote economic and social incentives for sustainable resource management. Our solutions incorporate decades of rural and urban field-based activities; a thorough knowledge of ecological processes; a commitment to the development of individual and community potential; and an insightful understanding of the nexus between institutional development, legal and policy frameworks, conflict, and property rights.
Secure Property Rights
Development history has demonstrated that lack of secure and negotiable property rights is one of the most critical barriers to economic growth and democratic governance in the developing world. Robust and secure property rights contribute significantly to good governance; the sustainable use of land, forests, water, and other natural resources; as well as economic growth. We help clients examine the role of secure land and natural resources tenure so they can meet natural resources management goals, and reduce conflict over use and access of natural resources. We provide technical assistance regularly on the development of strong property rights systems, the appropriate sequencing of land reform, and natural resources conflict management.
Linking Economic Growth and Environment
Working with clients, Tetra Tech brings stakeholders together to develop policies and tools that value natural resources and ecological services. Our emphasis is on developing economic incentives to help enterprises flourish while ensuring sustainable natural resource use and the protection of biodiversity. We work to join public and private sectors with the aim of managing natural resources and ecosystems wisely. Host countries benefit by gaining strong local organizational capacity, effective market linkages, improved products, and more accountable services.
Tetra Tech maintains that decentralization of authority over natural resources management is central to sustainable environmental management and economic growth. Within a supportive framework of policies and economic incentives, greater local responsibility and accountability have repeatedly resulted in better natural resources management and long-term solutions to environmental problems, including conflicts. Our efforts focus on building the capacity of local resource users, civil society, and local government. We work to forge lasting partnerships between local stakeholders, and we support innovative, private-sector partnerships that promote financially and environmentally sustainable practices.
Countries are exploring “green" economies and technologies that reduce and prevent pollution. These changes are central to effective watershed, water basin, and coastal zone management. The combination of economic incentives and appropriate technologies, applied within a supportive policy framework, can mean cost savings and improvements to the environment. We work with governments, civil society, and the private sector to increase awareness and create incentives for using clean technologies. We have repeatedly demonstrated how these can be adopted as best practices and how they can trigger sustained economic growth and smart environmental management.
Environment and Natural Resources Services
- Biodiversity conservation and finance
- Environmental assessments and environmental compliance
- Natural resource and environmental policy, legislation, and strategic planning
- Landscape assessments and planning
- Forest planning and management
- Integrated water resource planning and management
- Coastal zone management
- Watershed management
- Community-based natural resources management
- Protected areas management
- Natural resource enterprise development
- Urban and peri-urban environmental management
- Natural resource sector assessments
- Land tenure and natural resources access and use rights
- Civil society capacity building
- Environmental education and training