Coastal and marine ecosystems are some of our most valuable natural habitats. They provide food and livelihoods for communities throughout the Asia Pacific region, while also providing the ecosystem services upon which life depends. However, many coastal and marine ecosystems are under pressure from coastal development, habitat loss, pollution and overfishing. Increasing recognition of the need to preserve and maintain the natural function of aquatic ecosystems has led many governments, industries and other stakeholders to evaluate their impacts on natural processes.
MRAG has developed considerable experience in the undertaking of environmental assessments. We utilise the latest techniques in sampling and survey design to provide credible, independent assessments of environmental impact and have completed projects including environmental assessments of pollution controls, studies on the effects of flood control systems, identification of conflicts between fishing gear types, threats to non-target species from fishing gear, and design of guidelines to minimize the loss of biodiversity.
Assessments have been conducted on behalf of a range of clients including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Commission, amongst others.