Organic growth of mandated environmental monitoring
Taking on new projects in different countries or monitoring different resources usually requires a staged approach enabling the recruitment of tailored expertise, consultations and test work with government officials, civil society, the international donor community and where appropriate, the private sector.
The bulk of REM's work has been in African countries given the organic growth of our pioneering work of mandated Independent Forest Monitoring there and:
- Successful collaborations in one country leading to government invitations to work in neighbouring ones
- Regional capacity building with national monitors leading to increased collaborations
We have expanded our projects to other countries and resources and developped global tools since.
REM's way of working is different to many non-governmental organisations in that we need proactive staff who have legal expertise, qualifications linked to the resources that we are monitoring, who are proactive and willing to make a difference but who can also work in an objective manner, considering constraints on government and industry side and working with them to resolve them rather than stopping at exposing problems.
We ensure that the majority of our staff are nationals to the countries we monitor and include extensive training activities in our work, which we trust has been reflected in the quality of information collected and reports produced in the 8 countries we have worked in to date.
Africa: Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Tanzania
Asia: Sri Lanka, Vietnam
REM has an extensive network of mandated and non mandated monitoring partner organisation. Some we helped create and that are now managed by our previous national staff, others that we trained over the years in monitoring techniques.
Our direct partners
Centre pour l'Environnement et le Développement (CED), Cameroon
Observatoire Congolais de Droits de l'Homme (OCDH), Republic of Congo
Centre National d'Appui au Développement Et à la Participation Populaire (CENADEP), Democratic Republic of Congo
Organisation Centrafricaine pour la Défense de la Nature (OCDN), Central African Republic