BMT wins ANZISM 2018 Sustainable Management Award

BMT was awarded The Australia and New Zealand Institute for Sustainable Management (ANZISM) 2018 Sustainable Management Award (Internationally Funded Category) for work on Ecosystem-based Climate Change Adaptation for Communities in the Solomon Islands.

14 December 2018

Water and Environment

BMT wins ANZISM 2018 Sustainable Management Award

BMT was awarded The Australia and New Zealand Institute for Sustainable Management (ANZISM) 2018 Sustainable Management Award (Internationally Funded Category) for work  on Ecosystem-based Climate Change Adaptation for Communities in the Solomon Islands.  

This project, undertaken within the Solomon Islands, aimed to understand the linkages between socio-economic and ecological systems and processes in the context of climate change. It assessed the condition of ecosystems and evaluated the environmental goods and services and how they are contributing to social resilience. Climate change and non-climate threats that impact on the intricate social-ecological systems and the services that they provide were then evaluated. The project outputs were robust planning documents to inform the design and selection of tailored climate change adaptation interventions using an EbA approach.

Alan Tupicoff, ANZISM President, commented:

“This award is bestowed for excellence in the integration of sustainable management practices and achievement in implementing global sustainability principles, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”.

Dr Beth Toki, Senior Environmental Consultant & Lead Innovation Catalyst at BMT, said: 

“In addition to coastal hazards, much of the adaptation conversation in developed nations tends to focus on infrastructure, property, continuation of services and disaster management. But for communities in places such as the Solomon Islands, building resilience into their day-to-day necessities, like local food and drinking water supply, is very much front of mind. It was a privilege to be involved in this high-impact project, sharing our climate change expertise with those who need it most.”

This project was conducted by BMT on behalf of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), as part of SPREP’s Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change Project. It was funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, as part of the International Climate Initiative.

ANZISM is a professional association of organisations and individuals who share a common interest in sustainability, and provides an opportunity for educating others in the aspects of sustainability that are now such an important factor in global business and project initiatives.

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The people in the Award Team photo (L) to (R) are: Janice Booth, Sophie Hipkin, Dr Beth Toki & Alan Tupicoff (ANZISM President).

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