Marstel-Day received an Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Project Merit Award from Environmental Business International for the company’s work under the U.S Agency For International Development (USAID) Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Environment (RISE) Innovation Challenge, where the company is addressing linkages between environmental/resource-based conflict and gender-based violence (GBV) under conservation benefit-sharing schemes. Environmental Business International, a publishing and research company that generates strategic market intelligence on emerging opportunities in the Environmental and Climate Change Industry, solicited nominations for the EBJ Business Achievement Awards. Final awards were determined by a committee of EBJ editorial advisory board members.
Marstel-Day is delivering the next iteration of a Feedback and Grievance Redress Mechanism (FGRM) for the Government of Fiji’s National REDD+ Programme to help respond to concerns, complaints, disputes, and other contentious issues that may arise during REDD+ readiness and implementation. REDD refers to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; REDD+ refers to conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. This approach will better respond to gender-related risks and incidences of gender-based violence which may occur as a result of REDD+ activities. Because gender-based violence and environmental issues are interlinked, they can in some contexts form feedback loops where gender-based attacks, harassment, and discrimination worsen the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem resources, and this environmental deterioration triggers new, more damaging forms of violence. In other contexts, preventing and responding to gender-based violence unlocks opportunities for enhanced environmental action, as well as for women’s and community empowerment. Our innovative approach will assist USAID in scaling up across the Pacific region.
“Marstel-Day is proud to be a part of this innovative and barrier breaking challenge. As advocates for a balanced approach to conservation, we understand the impact that the control of natural resources has on the most vulnerable, and we have a responsibility to ensure that the support we are offering communities through environmental programming embodies a ‘do no harm’ philosophy that works to prevent rather than exacerbate these risks,” said Corey Nelson, Senior Director and Emerging Markets Program Lead, Marstel-Day.
Partners include Fiji’s REDD+ Programme and the Government of Fiji, the World Bank, WI-HER, the University of the South Pacific, the Fiji Environmental Law Association, and Live & Learn Environmental Education.
For more information on Marstel-Day’s USAID Award and other international development activities pleases visit www.marstel-day.com or the project page at https://competitions4dev.org/risechallenge/winners/marstel-day
Corey Nelson, Team Leader