Terrestrial

Promoting a sustainable landscape approach to terrestrial management, SSIC consultants have supported a
wide range of initiatives. From developing sustainable forest, habitat, and wildlife management practices to advancing
sustainable agricultural activities and reconciling competing land-use management issues,
our consultants have provided services to government agencies and non-governmental
organizations in both the non-profit and corporate sectors.

Advisory Support and Government.
Australia
CEC
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Advising the Conservation Ecology Centre in the development of a new social enterprise ‘Wildlife Wonders’ that will raise new conservation funds for the Otways region of southern Australia.

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Multi-Stakeholder Review of Sumatra Conservation Priority Assessment.
Indonesia
SOS
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Facilitating a multi-stakeholder review of a draft conservation priority assessment for Sumatra. Drafting a synopsis of the assessment, designing, developing and delivering a participatory workshop with international and local institutional representatives. Producing a prioritization report with recommendations for adaptations to the assessment.

2019
GIS Analysis And Spatial Planning.
USA
GIC Inc.
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Supporting clients of the Green Infrastructure Center, Inc. (GIC) to identify strategies to protect and enhance natural assets and recommending land plans and policies to conserve the most critical resources. GIC was formed in 2006 to help local governments, communities, and regional planning organizations, land trusts and developers evaluate their green infrastructure assets and make plans to conserve them. Support includes provision of a suite of tools – economic analysis, mapping, land use planning and asset assessment – needed by communities to protect and restore their natural assets. Staff teams help localities inventory their assets and create strategies for their conservation or restoration, at the regional and local scale, in rural, suburban and urban environments.

2019
Acting Head of Conservation, Elephant Family.
India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia
ELEPHANT FAMILY
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Ensuring the smooth implementation of projects being funded and implemented around Asia until a new person is found to fill this position at Elephant Family (EF).

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Behavior Change Training And Strategy Development.
Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo
JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE
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Providing training to all East DRC staff in how to increase the impact of their previous education work by incorporating behavior change science and thinking into their strategies. Identifying key target audiences, messaging, and removing barriers to support behavior change strategies to reduce bushmeat hunting and consumption in the East DRC. Prioritizing strategies and developing the monitoring and evaluation needed to determine if they are effective.

2018
Training And Workshop Design For The Wildlife Conservation Network Expo.
USA
WCN
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Supporting the re-design and implementation of training for Wildlife Conservation Network Partners in core areas such as fundraising, budgeting, team management, team-building, and communication. Providing WCN trainers with refresh training in adult learning, designing effective meetings, and identifying learning objectives.

2018
Designing And Implementing An Institution-Wide Project Planning, Monitoring, And Evaluation System For Africa Programs.
Africa
JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE
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Designing an Open Standards-oriented monitoring and evaluation framework for all projects and strategies in the Institutions Africa Program. Identifying meaningful indicators of success, and providing training for staff in developing strategic project plans, proposals, data collection, and adaptive management.

2018
Coordination, Pangea Trust.
Europe
PANGEA TRUST
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Assisting in the setting of up a charitable organization that will establish a sanctuary for captive elephants in Europe.

2018
Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-Social & Environmental Impact Assessement Smallholder Toolkit.
Indonesia & Thailand
AIDENVIRONMENT
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Devising a digital survey and developing an automated report generation tool for the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) as part of the RSPO certification process for oil palm smallholders.

2017
Training of Field Staff: 2nd National Forest Inventory.
Lao PDR
FOREST CARBON
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Training national forest inventory staff of the Lao PDR national forest and providing assistance with data analysis.

2016
Authoring Chapter on Carbon for The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Toolkit 2.0.
Malaysia
FOREST CARBON / HCSA
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Producing a toolkit chapter on the use of applications on carbon for the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) toolkit 2.0.

2016
Automating The Data Analysis For The 2nd National Forest Inventory.
Lao PDR
Forest Carbon
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Programming an R script to automate the data analysis of the Lao PDR national forest inventory and training of nation forest inventory staff.

2016
Marxan Analysis & Systematic Conservation Planning, Sarawak.
Malaysia
WWF
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Providing support to a Systematic Conservation Planning exercise with the World Wide Fund for Nature, Malaysia, by developing decision support tools and undertaking associated MARXAN analysis. Resulted in production of a conservation planning manual to be used by local government authorities, and assignment included follow-up data revision, analysis and capacity building.

2016
Strategic Planning and Technical Guidance.
Indonesia
Borneo Nature Foundation
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Providing strategic planning guidance, program development and implementation support to Borneo Nature Foundation, working to protect some of the most important areas of tropical rainforest in Borneo. Technical support provided in research areas related to monitoring the distribution, population status, behaviour and ecology of the Sabangau Forest’s flagship ape species, and supporting biodiversity and forestry research initiatives in support of the Rungan River Orangutan Conservation Programme (RROCP).

2016
Gis Support For Taninthayi 10 Year Forest Management Plan, Taninthayi.
Myanmar
FFI
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As part of Forest Inform Pty Ltd provided GIS technical support and analysis for the development of Taninthayi region’s 10 Year Forest Management Plan. Assignment in support of Fauna & Flora International (FFI).

2016
Interpretation Program Development, Kimberley.
Australia
AWC
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Developing an interpretative program for visitors to a newly established wildlife sanctuary at Charnley River-Artesian Range in the northern Kimberley, under the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), including research and development of interpretative materials about wildlife conservation, Australian savanna ecology and AWC’s conservation approach. Fundraising program preparation for AWC’s north-west region and training of interpretative staff.

2016
Supporting Team Science And Interdisciplinary Collaborations That Pursue Data-driven Solutions To Pressing Socio-environmental Problems.
USA
SESYNC
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Participating in the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) proposal review, and “matching” with team(s) where additional external facilitation assistance was beneficial, particularly around project inception by supporting the team science process, meeting planning and facilitation. Working in conjunction with SESYNC staff, interacting with that team’s leaders to further familiarize with the project, develop a facilitation plan, and conducting follow up conversations to assess outcomes and further needs.

2016
Interpretation & Events Program Design For Wildlife Sanctuaries In Mornington & The Charnley River-artesian Range, Kimberley.
Australia
AWC
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Developing an interpretation program about wildlife conservation challenges and approaches in Australia’s northern savanna ecosystems for dissemination to visiting scientists, donors and the general public at AWC wildlife sanctuaries. Training interpretation and wilderness camp staff in wildlife and savanna ecology, designing interpretative materials (print and digital media), fitting out the interpretative centre, fundraising event planning, preparation and coordination, eco-tour and guiding program development. Assignment in support of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).

2015
Sabah Forest Department Sustainability Analysis.
Malaysia
SABAH FOREST DEPT
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Assisting Sabah Forestry Department’s (SFD’s) efforts to better conserve and sustainably manage the rainforests of Sabah, Malaysia. Assignment under the Nature Conservancy for Sabah Forest Department, working alongside the team leader, the forestry planning specialist and SFD counterparts to determine the availability of appropriately formatted spatial data for analysis of all relevant issues associated with recommended strategies.

2015
Policy And Institutional Review Of Biodiversity Financing.
Indonesia
UNDP
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Undertaking a review of policy and institutional aspects of Biodiversity Financing in Indonesia for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

2015
Grant Writing: Citizen Monitoring And Engagement For Transparency And Accountability Of Licensing And Revenue Management In The Mining Sector.
Indonesia
PWYP
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Leading grant writing for ‘Publish What You Pay, Indonesia’, for World Bank grants over three-year terms.

2015
Technical Support For Review Of Investments In Priority Conservation Areas In Eastern Africa.
Kenya, Tanzania & Mozambique
SBA
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Scoping study on behalf of Strategic Business Advisors (Africa) to identify and characterize investments in agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors in priority conservation areas in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique (desk study).

2015
Strategic Planning For Resource Mobilisation.
Indonesia
UNDP
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Developing a strategy and action plan for resource mobilization for biodiversity; covering terrestrial and marine biodiversity, and reviewing policy and institutional frameworks for biodiversity management. Assignment under the United Nations Development Programme

2016
Establishing Smart Patrols In Salakpra Conservation Area.
Thailand
DNP
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Working with Thailand’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNP) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS-Thailand), provided equipment and training for protected area personnel to adopt a smart system of patrolling in Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary and, later, the adjoining national park (Chalerm Rattanakosin) and forest reserve (Srisawat). Supported patrols, data analysis, and system improvement. Assignment resulted in many more poachers caught and prosecuted, prey species numbers (notably deer and wild boar) increased and tigers recolonized Salakpra from Huai Kha Khaeng (around 150kms due north).

2014
Taninthayi Corridor Proposal Plan.
Myanmar
FFI
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Preparation and provision of GIS data to facilitate program activities focusing on the designation of Taninthayi National Park, Lenya Wildlife Sanctuary, and the identification and designation of forest corridors connecting the two sites. Established a complete GIS database for Fauna and Flora International Myanmar program.

2014
Landuse Mapping And Policy Analysis.
Myanmar
WWF Myanmar
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Conducted a series of activities for World Wide Fund for Nature Myanmar collating GIS data, mapping landuse, and holding stakeholder consultations to identify potential forest classifications in support of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Forestry’s (MoECaF) commitment to realigning actual land uses with national landuse policies.

2014
Ghizo Conservation Assessment And Plan, Ghizo Island.
Solomon Islands
WWF Solomon Islands
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Provided GIS/mapping support to World Wide Fund for Nature Solomon Islands for the development of a GIS database. Spatially documented (using maps and tables) areas of biodiversity significance and conservation concern through analysis of existing and newly collected spatial data, satellite imagery and stakeholder involved data collection.

2014
Systematic Review On Environmental Impacts Of Property Rights In Forests, Fisheries And Rangelands.
Global
CIFOR
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Undertaking systematic desk-based review of ~13,000 publications to extract information related to environmental impact of property rights in forests, fisheries and rangelands. On behalf of the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR)

2014
Tha Kradaan Community Forest Restoration For Sustainable Use.
Thailand
ECN/TKCO
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This community forest risked encroachment/degradation because there was no collective ownership and villagers did not realize its ecological and economic value. Assignment involved managing the initiative, raising funds and overseeing project planning, reporting, recruitment, awareness workshops, training villagers to map forest resources/use zones, assess productivity; agreeing a management system for harvesting and conservation plus identifying the rights, responsibilities and regulations of a sustainable forest use system. Outcome: the community forest was legally secured and managed sustainably by the village committee.

2013
GIS Mapping And Analytical Assessment Of Deforestation Activities.
Indonesia
UCS
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Establishing and under-taking an ongoing review of Indonesia’s National Moratorium on logging licenses for purposes of developing scenarios that more efficiently capture carbon stocks around existing land-use practices. Additionally developing GIS methods to link areas of deforestation to peat extraction specifically, with companies, their concessions and mills. Assignment in support of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

2013
Gis Mapping And Analytical Support To Assess Priority Areas For Forest Management.
Myanmar
UCS
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Developing “rapid” GIS-based methods for assessment of the distribution of Myanmar’s least disturbed and highest biomass forests. Preparing government partners for implementation of efficient GIS processes to identify priority areas for forest management. Assignment in support of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

2013
Sabah Marxan Analysis And ‘structure Plan’ Development.
Malaysia
WWF Malaysia
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Supported partner organization of World Wide Fund for Nature Sabah, Malaysia in facilitating expert workshop and performing data analysis using MARXAN Systematic Portfolio Assembly tool.

2013
Geospatial Development Strategy, Maryland.
USA
DAI
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Reviewing Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) led program and developing a strategy for project data management based around USAID standards for geospatial technologies.

2013
Establishing Non-forest Livelihoods In Communities Around Salakpra.
Thailand
ECN & ZSL
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A 2007 socio-economic survey revealed the dependency of villagers on forest products. Assignment involved initiating this project, overseeing recruitment, identification of local skills / enterprise ideas; planning workshops, study trips, creation of community groups, training in business planning / accounting / skills development, business plan preparation / grant application, legal registration, seed funding, monitoring and evaluation. Outcome: 12-groups , 5-villages, enterprises in mushroom growing, fruit drying, contract sewing, bamboo plantations, medicinal plants, organic vegetables, fish / frog ponds, chicken farming, jewellery making. The school also opened an income – generating recycling centre that is run by students to raise funds for a school shop.

2012
Human-elephant Mitigation And Monitoring.
West Thailand
ECN & ZSL
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Assignment involved overseeing preparation of elephant crop-raiding forms; training teams of village monitors to plot/measure all crop-raiding year-round; mapping land-use within 2kms of sanctuary; annual data analysis; socio-economic survey of Human Elephant Conflict (HEC)-affected/non-affected farmers/communities; local feedback meetings to present findings/discuss follow-up actions; eight crop-protection trials to identify the most cost-effective measure; monitoring electric fencing erected by government at our recommendation; testing the deployment of smart cameras to warn community guarding teams of elephants approaching crops; and overseeing three community HEC perception surveys. Outcome: HEC greatly reduced.

2012
Productive Landscape Management Framework Development In Mbeliling, Flores And Gorontalo, Sulawesi.
Indonesia
BIRDLIFE INDONESIA
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Employing participatory processes to facilitate the development of a landscape level management framework and programme of work within rural project sites in eastern Indonesia. Incorporating stakeholder engagement strategies development and implementation, collaborative environmental context review, setting of productive landscape principles and strategic direction, and project proposal development. Assignment in support of Birdlife (Burung) Indonesia.

2012
Analysis Of Special Agriculture Business Leases.
Papua New Guinea
GREENPEACE PNG
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Performing analysis to spatially account for the impact “Special Agriculture Business Leases” (SABLs) are having on the nation’s forests. Assignment in support Greenpeace Papua New Guinea. Analysis considered different landuse practices and accounted for carbon stocks based on Above Ground Biomass data.

2012
Logging License Moratorium Assessment.
Indonesia
WRI
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Performing spatial analysis of Indonesia’s National Moratorium on logging licenses and developing methods for selecting areas to be included in plan based on carbon stocks. This project under the World Resources Institute (WRI) was implemented in support of, and in co-operation with, the Indonesia Ministry of Forestry and UKP4 (Office of the President of Indonesia). Results of the project were presented at COP 17, Durban, South Africa by a leading climate change scientist.

2012
Surveying Elephant Habitats And Corridors.
West Thailand
ECN/EF/SWS
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Assignment over an extended period, ending in 2011. Involved managing three seasonal forest surveys (cool, hot, wet seasons) in three elephant zones in the centre, south, west sides of Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary using transects; two surveys in the forest reserve north of Salakpra to map the actual and potential routes for tigers and elephants to move between the wildlife sanctuary and national park beyond; one survey in the reserve adjoining eastern Salakpra to map its use by elephants. Outcomes of these surveys led to Dept. National Parks and Wildlife (DNP) introducing smart patrols to improve protection of Salakpra; forest reserves north and east of Salakpra area are becoming protected areas.

2011
Forest Restoration Research.
West Thailand
FORRU/CMU
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Working with the Forest Restoration Research Unit of Chiang Mai University (FORRU-CMU), Salakpra staff and community leaders, this assignment involved overseeing recruitment of local research team led by trained botanist to identify indigenous trees best able to accelerate forest regeneration on degraded land so as to restore forest in dry lowlands in/around Salakpra. Outcome included the establishment of nurseries in partner village and Salakpra, facilitation of seedling germination trials for 100+ tree species which were planted as saplings into degraded land and monitored monthly along with 350 marked trees (85spp) along a 3.5km phenology trail. Detailed manual produced in Thai.

2011
Marxan Analysis Training And Facilitation, Kikori Basin.
Papua New Guinea
WWF PNG
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Facilitating expert workshop and performing data analysis using the MARXAN Systematic Portfolio Assembly tool for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Papua New Guinea.

2011
Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation Of Biodiversity & Forest Health: Sustainable Forest Management Program, Mbeliling, Flores.
Indonesia
BIRDLIFE INDONESIA
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Reviewing sustainable forest management participatory processes in the context of empowerment, poverty reduction and conservation project goals. Combining field observations and a desk-based review to develop recommendations for donors, project and field staff. Assignment in support of Birdlife (Burung) Indonesia.

2011
Field Guide Development, Komodo National Park.
Indonesia
PNK
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Developing an identification (ID) field guide content for Komodo National Park Information Guide, including: marine fish and mammal species, terrestrial mammals, avian and reptile species, key habitats and conservation concerns. In support of Putri Naga Komodo (PNK).

2010
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Clients:

  • AidenEnvironment
  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC)
  • Birdlife (Burung) Indonesia
  • Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF)
  • Cardno International Development USA
  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Conservation Ecology Centre
  • Conservation International
  • Chiang Mai University (CMU)
  • Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Thailand
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI)
  • Elephant Conservation Network (ECN)
  • Elephant Family (EF)
  • Fauna & Flora International (FFI)
  • Forest Carbon
  • Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU)
  • Green Infrastructure Center (GIC)
  • Greenpeace Papua New Guinea
  • Jane Goodall Institute
  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
  • Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Nature Conservancy for Sabah Forest Department
  • Pangea Trust
  • Publish What You Pay
  • Putri Naga Komodo (PNK)
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
  • Rungan River Orangutan Conservation Programme (RROCP)
  • Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS)
  • Starling Resources
  • Strategic Business Advisors (SBA)
  • Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS)
  • Tha Kradaan Community Organization (TKCO)
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Myanmar
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Papua New Guinea
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Solomon Islands
  • Zoological Society of London (ZSL)