Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) Activity

The Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) activity provides on-demand support services and technical assistance for USAID Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices across a wide array of environmental and natural resource management issues.

Overview

The Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) Activity provides on-demand support services and technical assistance for USAID Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices across a wide array of environmental and natural resource management issues. INRM supports analysis and programming across sectors traditionally classified as “environmental,” such as land use and climate change, as well as many sectors that are sometimes not linked to environmental programs but are in fact strongly connected, including food security, global health, and governance. INRM aims to strengthen the impacts of environmental programs, identify and adopt best practices for integration, respond to strategic shifts at the Agency, and build constituencies for integrated programming that achieves development and humanitarian assistance outcomes. The activity is designed to support the uptake of principles and approaches outlined in the Agency’s Environmental and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) Framework.

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Technical Assistance Tasks Areas

  1. Strategic planning based on timely analysis and best available evidence
  2. Project and activity design and adaptive management
  3. Testing and learning from new approaches for integrated ENRM programming
  4. Monitoring, evaluation, and learning of multi-sectoral programs: see the BiodiversityLinks blog “Cross-Sectoral Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Support for USAID Missions” for an example of this task area
  5. Communications and knowledge management
  6. Other short-term technical assistance needs as identified by USAID

 The INRM Team – Integration in Practice

DAI Prime contractor: Provides expertise in cross-sectoral program design and implementation, integration theory and practice, private sector engagement, and innovative financing; draws on experts across the sectors of NRM, biodiversity conservation, WASH, health, food security, climate change, governance, and economic growth.

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History: Provides expertise on applied research and evidence synthesis, evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary learning, and research translation to broad and diverse audiences relevant to the ENRM Framework.

Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island: Serves as the consortium’s principal source of technical assistance for integrated community-based solutions for marine, coastal, and freshwater issues.

Conservation Strategy Fund: Supports evidence-based decision-making and innovation through economic modeling and analyses such as ecosystem valuation, payment for ecosystem services, return on investment comparisons, and cost effectiveness analysis.

New America: Supports land tenure, property rights, and resource security research, analysis, and programming; communications and media; provides expertise, resources and platforms to convene key stakeholders, and facilitate events focused on problem analysis and the co-creation of solutions.

Resource Equity: Conducts gender analysis and training in gender and social inclusion and supports the design of gender-equitable legal and governance frameworks for natural resources access and use. Facilitates inclusive and equitable designs and interventions to advance land tenure and resource rights for women and vulnerable populations.

Social Impact: Designs MEL frameworks for integrated programming. Works closely with USAID and implementing partners to develop integrated theories of change and teams that can draw on resources across multiple sectors to identify/implement optimal measurement approaches. Designs and conducts impact and performance evaluations of integrated programs. Develops learning agendas, CLA needs assessments, and action plans.

Stantec: Provides expertise in land use and urban/regional planning, resiliency planning (climate data collection, mitigation planning, risk analyses), geospatial analysis, power and energy efficiency/security, solid waste management, and pollution control (marine, terrestrial, and atmospheric).

COR
Ioana Bouvier
ibouvier@usaid.gov
Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (EEI), Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI)

A/COR
Olaf Zerbock
ozerbock@usaid.gov
Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (EEI), Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI)

COP
Robin Martino
robin_martino@dai.com
DAI

For more information about how to access INRM’s technical services, please download an info sheet about the new Mission-support mechanism here:  INRM Factsheet.




 

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