Scientific and Technical Advisory


Scientific and technical advisory

Okapi consultants provide high quality scientific and technical advisory services, including institutional and individual capacity building. Our work combines thematic expertise in all aspects of natural resources management with knowledge in economics, a thorough understanding of government planning processes and imperatives, and a knowledge of the most up-to-date scientific standards in the field of sustainability. We aim to bring knowledge and innovation to the service of our public and private partners in their efforts to achieve sustainability. Below are some examples of our work in this area.
Our associates continue to perform research and analysis on key aspects of sustainble development. We regularly participate in the drafting of major publications, chief among them the World Water Development Reports. We authored chapters in WWDR3, WWDR 3 and WWDR 5.
We provide advice towards the development of The National Adaptation Plan for the Republic of Moldova. This work consists in providing strategic policy and planning advice to the government of Moldova during the development of its NAP. The process includes a comprehensive assessment of sectoral capacities, plans and policies as well as the development of new institutional coordinating mechanisms. The unique process, which is being developed in line with Moldova’s national circumstances, is inspired by work on National adaptation plans under the UNFCCC.
In 2012, we developed a set of training materials and a training programme for Least Developed Countries on the implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) and the development of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), delivered through regional workshops, under the aegis of the LDC Expert Group of the UNFCCC (Secretariat of the UNFCCC). The programme focusses on the implementation of NAPA priorities, the integration of adaptation into development planning, and the development of NAPs as long-term policy processes. This was a follow-up to the training programme we developed and delivered in 2010-2011. The training materials can be found here.
Technical and policy support to the finalization of National Capacity Self-Assessments (15 countries) and development of a capacity building portfolio and strategy. This support was provided to the UN Environment Programme, towards the development of a series of project concepts in countries such as Haiti, Cameroon, Afghanistan, St-Lucia, Russia and Mongolia.
Technical support for the finalization of Angola’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), including development and delivery of a training programme on Participatory Vulnerability Assessment. Support was provided to the government of Angola in order to perform national consultations towards the assessment of sectoral vulnerabilities, as well as for the drafting and formal submission of Angola's NAPA, including priorities for programming and project concepts.
Development and delivery of a training programme for Least Developed Countries on the implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), delivered through 5 regional workshops, under the aegis of the LDC Expert Group of the UNFCCC (Secretariat of the UNFCCC). The programme focussed on the development of NAPA implementation projects, including results based planning, budgeting, financing, resource mobilization and institutional support.
“Mainstreaming Drought Risk Management - a Primer, a set of guidelines on integrating drought risk into development planning. (UNDP-Drylands Development Center). The document can be found here. In partnership with Unisféra, conception of the “Capacity Development for Sustainable Land Management Manual”, for the UNDP Targeted Portfolio Program on Sustainable Land Management for Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.
Drafting of “Developing Integrated Financing Strategies for Sustainable Land Management: an Introduction for Least Developed Countries and Small Island States” as a set of recommendations on mobilizing financial resources for sustainable land management. The work was conducted in partnership with Unisféra International Center.