As environmental degradation and climate change place growing stress on ecological, social, and economic systems, it is essential for governments, communities, and companies to work together to develop new solutions to protect and sustainably use natural capital. At SSG, we design partnerships, manage projects, and apply technologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing natural capital issues. Our award-winning work spans sectors including: renewable energy and energy efficiency, access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and natural resource industries to ensure sustainable livelihoods. Whether it is advancing sustainable fisheries management in South East Asia or combating wildlife poaching in Africa, through partnership, SSG believes we can conserve the environment and support green innovation, benefiting communities, companies, and the planet.
- Developing Climate Resiliency in East Africa. In East Africa, SSG facilitates strategic partnerships between communities, governments, and the private sector to promote climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and WASH for the USAID PREPARED These partnerships range from an alliance to develop an SMS and GIS platform that enables quick and accurate reporting of poaching activity to a collaboration with crop insurance providers and government-run meteorological centers to enhance the quality and availability of climate data in the region.
- Marine Conservation in the Philippines. To advance conservation and sustainable fisheries management in the Philippines, SSG has developed strategic partnerships with the private sector and at the community-level. In 2013, as part of the USAID/Philippines ECOFISH project, SSG designed and facilitated a partnership between Microsoft, USAID, and the Government of the Philippines to use Microsoft’s innovative TV White Space technology to support fisherfolk registration and connect remote communities in the Philippines to the Internet. This partnership recently won the State Department’s 2015 P3 Impact Award, an award highlighting global best practices in public-private partnership development.
- SSG has also brokered a pilot partnership between Smart Communications (the Philippines’ largest local telecom company) and maritime law enforcement to create an SMS hotline to allow citizens to aid in the detection and reporting of illegal fishing. This partnership has resulted in greater community participation in marine protection and was named a finalist for the 2016 USAID Harnessing Data for Resilience Award.
- Sustainable Fisheries Management and Food Security in Ghana. For the USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP), SSG is mobilizing private sector resources and investment to strengthen sustainable fisheries and diversify livelihoods in coastal communities in Ghana. SSG has developed an overarching ICT strategy for sustainable fishing in Ghana and we are currently developing partnerships to extend affordable life and vessel insurance to fishermen, develop an SMS hotline to improve enforcement of illegal fishing (IUU), and extend weather and market price alerts, as well as other services, to fishermen via their mobile phones.
- Fisheries Traceability in South East Asia. For the USAID/RDMA Oceans and Fisheries Partnership project, SSG is working to develop public-private partnerships with ICT firms, the seafood industry, and the financial sector to support the development of a catch documentation and traceability (CDT) system for the region, as well as to reduce illegal fishing and improve fisheries management. SSG is also building the capacity of regional partners to develop their own public-private partnerships for sustainable fishing.
- Integrated Water Management in Tanzania. For the new USAID/Tanzania WARIDI project, SSG is identifying strategic partnerships and opportunities with the private sector, local social entreprises, and financial institutions and private donors to advance water conservation; improve access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); conserve critical watersheds in the Rufiji and Wami-Ruvu river basins in Tanzania; build new avenues for sustainable livelihoods; and increase investment to advance key project objectives.