Effective climate adaptation actions and policy often require integrated data analysis from sources that are disparate or non-existent. Multilateral agencies such as the UNFCCC, UNCCD, and UN CBD are critical to global progress on sustainable development and country-level action requires solid and regular information for reporting as well as understanding of key issues by key stakeholders – civil society included. In this webinar, the Climate Technology Centre's network partner, Design-Environment (DE), discussed its work in integrated environmental analysis, particularly in Small Island Developing States. The importance of this evidence-based approach to policy and planning for building the green and blue economies was emphasized. In addition, DE discussed creative and strategic communications tools for mainstreaming these principles. Applications of Virtual Reality was demonstrated. DE’s work in this are has primarily been in the Caribbean and Central America, but the principles are globally applicable.
DE is a design and environmental consultancy and technology company based in Vancouver and Montreal. The mission of DE is to solve problems using design and environmental science. DE has worked throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. DE’s team has deep scientific and technical skills in the area of environmental analysis, impact assessment, and data integration. Over the past 5 years DE has worked with groups such as the IADB, IICA, the GEF, and UN, on various climate change mandates.
David Oswald is a designer and environmental scientist with 15+ years experience in environmental analysis and cross media design. As founder of DE (design-environment.com), he has built an interdisciplinary team that brings deep expertise in environmental science and creative design to the most pressing environmental challenges on the planet. He studied at the University of Waterloo, Royal Roads University, and McGill and holds a B.Sc in Environmental Science (RRU) and a M.Sc. in Physical Geography (McGill) and is a nominated Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He is Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University and specializes in remote sensing, environmental impact assessment, integrated environmental analysis, and communications design.