Environmental issues like climate change, ecosystem degradation and resource depletion disproportionately affect the world’s poorest in both rural and urban areas. Only by governing our natural resources effectively can we achieve inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development for everyone.

Palladium helps communities share in the wealth of natural resources around them and build resilience to the impacts of climate change, natural disasters and resource conflicts. In the vanguard of the Impact Economy, we’ve pioneered multi-stakeholder approaches in contested sectors such as forestry and mining. Our experts combine technical knowledge with exceptional consultation and negotiation skills across a variety of sectors, including forestry, climate change, land, water resources and extractive industries.

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    Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

    We understand the threats climate change brings – from more frequent natural disasters to habitat loss – and recognise the necessity of preparing communities, protecting land and shielding livelihoods.

    The challenges faced by communities and governments are complex and multi-faceted. Palladium brings together knowledge and skills in livelihoods, adaptation, social protection, disaster resilience and humanitarian response to make real changes in the lives of vulnerable people.

    Leveraging our leadership role in the Impact Economy, Palladium takes a multi-sectoral approach to environmental interventions, leveraging technological innovation and local expertise to design solutions that are holistic, adaptive and suited to context. Our programmes consider and incorporate issues of social inclusion, gender and asymmetrical power relationships, maintaining a participatory engagement process and delivering politically smart, locally-led programmes.

    In addition to programme leadership and implementation, we also provide analyses, reviews, and design plans that include scoping studies, policy planning, programme evaluations, and baseline reviews.

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    Climate Financing

    Palladium believes market-driven instruments and financing are critical to climate change mitigation and low emissions development strategies. Our approach to climate financing mechanisms integrates legal, economic, and social issues to improve positive impacts for local people, create environmental benefits, and develop financial viability over the long run. Our work engages leaders and stakeholders from communities, governments, the private sector, and civil society.

    Our public financing capacity includes procedures for grant management, networking between governments and international funders and identifying feasible financial incentives for sustainable landscapes and climate-smart agriculture. Given the ever-expanding Impact Economy, Palladium also promotes strategies for engaging the private sector through innovation funds, public-private partnerships, certification schemes and voluntary standards. Additionally, we conduct feasibility studies and support governments to access global funds for clean technologies. We develop capacity and capabilities to catalyse country transitions to low-carbon economies, and we help build systems and processes to share information, evidence, insights and analyses among stakeholders.

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    Natural Resource Governance

    We offer solutions for the responsible management of natural resources to protect livelihoods and ecosystems.

    We support governments and international agencies to develop and implement policies and improve institutional relationships that promote pro-poor economic growth, assist in adapting to climate change, and deliver improved governance and management of natural resources. As a leader in the Impact Economy, we differentiate ourselves through a focus on asymmetrical power relationships in social and ecological systems, and build local capacity through integration and participatory engagement of multiple stakeholders.

    Specific areas of expertise include:

    • land tenure;
    • forestry;
    • water and food security;
    • evaluation services;
    • geospatial analysis;
    • model development; and
    • policy strengthening.
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    Water Resources, Sanitation, and Hygiene

    Access to safe drinking water and sanitation reduces mortality and morbidity; improves economic productivity; and empowers the most at-risk populations, particularly girls and women. Palladium aims to alleviate extreme poverty and improve the well-being of people by scaling up access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. We use a multi-faceted approach that operates on many levels – policy and political will, civil society advocacy, and private sector involvement – working with various stakeholders to implement high-impact, evidence-based solutions.

    We address issues of water resources within the context of climate change and social inclusion, and where appropriate we leverage public-private partnerships and social marketing initiatives to harness the power of the market for positive social impacts.

    Specific areas of expertise include:

    • water supply, storage and treatment;
    • household and community sanitation;
    • hygiene promotion;
    • integrated water management;
    • irrigated agriculture;
    • river basin and watershed management and
    • water policy and advocacy.
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