International

Rachel has successfully completed the following international projects, working as both a waste management and environmental specialist:


Client:     Asian Development Bank (ADB) for SMEC
Project:   Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Eindu to Kawkareik Road Improvement [TA-8330 MYA]
Role:       Environmental Consultant, Myanmar. 2014-15
Initial environmental examination (IEE) report consistent with ADB’s Safeguards Policy Statement (SPS 2009).  Training Ministry of Construction and Ministry of Environment staff on Environmental Safeguards  Assessment of environmental conditions, legal context, identifying impacts and mitigation measures and the development of a detailed Environmental Management Plan.  Photo: Project road near Eindu, 

Client:     Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project:   Urban Wastewater Management, Darkhan [L2301-MON]
Role:       Environmental Consultant, Mongolia. 2013-14
Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) for the improvements to the town's wastewater treatment plant. Included developing a Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) for the project, identifying residual impacts and identifying monitoring and capacity building arrangements.  The result was an Environmental Management Plan which mitigates environmental and socio-economic impacts to an acceptable level both during construction and operation   Photo: Darkhan Secondary Pumping Station, 


Client:     Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project:   Western Regional Roads Corridor Investment Program [ADB P-41191-MON]
Role:       Environmental Consultant, Mongolia. 2013
Development of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).  Includes developing comprehensive Environmental Management Plan for both project Tranches. The Tranches focus on upgrading a significant road corridor including installation of bridges, culverts and road construction. Key issues included access to grazing lands by nomads, IUCN red list species and permafrost maintenance. Photo: Ovoo (or cairn) in Khovd


Client:     Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project:   Urban Transport Development Project, Ulaanbaatar [TA 7156 MON]
Role:       Environmental Consultant, Mongolia. 2012-13
Development of Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) for the second of three tranches in a major urban transport infrastructure project which will implement a Bus Rapid Transit system in Ulaanbaatar city. The IEE included road widening, intersection improvements in the city centre and the development of BRT depots in the city outskirts.   Photo: Ulaanbaatar city  in December, 


Client:     UNICEF
Project:   Rapid Initial Environmental Impact Assessment
Role:       Environmental Consultant, Fiji & Kiribati. 2012
Review of environmental and social impacts resulting from implementation of UNICEF's new Country Programme. The project aimed to reduce risk to UNICEF through improved environmental and social safeguarding.  Field visits around Fiji and to the environmentally fragile island of South Tarawa showed the importance of effective management of impacts, through development of an Environmental Management Plan for environmental and social safeguarding.  Photo: Waste incinerator, South Tarawa, Kiribati.


Client:     Tullow Oil / CARES Group Ltd
Project:   Environmental Management Support and Training
Role:       Environmental Consultant, Ghana. 2011
Contributing to Tullow Ghana's successful ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) certification, through the identification of environmental aspects and impacts to form an Aspects Register. The Aspects Register is one of the key documents required for ISO 14001 certification. Aspects and impacts were identified through working with staff throughout the Ghana operations. The project also included development and delivery of 20 training events to raise awareness of environmental issues for staff at all levels including those who are office based and operational. Photo: Bunded chemical store.


Client:     Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project:   Urban Transport Development Project, Ulaanbaatar [TA 7156 MON]
Role:       Environmental Consultant, Mongolia. 2011
Development of Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) for the first of three tranches in a major urban transport infrastructure project which will implement a Bus Rapid Transit system in Ulaanbaatar city. The IEE included road widening, intersection improvements in the city centre and the development of transport hub centres in Ger (yurt) areas of housing which form the suburbs of the city. Also an Environmental Assessment and Review Framework (EARF) was developed which guides the Municipal Government through the process of Environmental Assessment for future tranches of ADB funding.   Photo: Ulaanbaatar city environment, Ger area.

Client:     UNICEF
Project:   Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment
Role:       Environmental Management Consultant, Cambodia. 2010
Review of impacts resulting from new Country Programme to reduce risk to UNICEF through improved environmental and social safeguarding.  Development of screening criteria and checklist, development of an Environmental Management Plan for environmental and social safeguarding and outline of training materials for staff. Consultation with government partners and UNICEF staff. Budget and timetable for implementation of recommended actions.   Photo: Hospital incinerator for HIV testing kit disposal.


Client:     DWR for Oxfam GB
Project:   Post-earthquake Haiti Debris and Solid Waste Improvements
Role:       Waste & Environmental Management Specialist, Haiti. 2010
Development of a replicable model of waste management in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps, setting environmental standards for minimum requirements in post-disaster situations. Development of a strategy for urban environmental improvements focusing on community development, waste management, public awareness and integration with drainage maintenance to improve environmental sustainability of drainage channel clearance.  Photo: Housing in Port au Prince.


Client:     SWECO for Cities Development Initiative Asia (CDIA)
Project:   Urban Improvements to Mitigate Climate Change
Role:       Waste and Climate Change Consultant, Cambodia. 2010
Review of waste management infrastructure including waste collection, transport, treatment, disposal and contracts. Capacity assessment within Communes and the Municipality to understand needs and necessary training programs required. Scoping a Joint Waste Management Strategy between stakehoholders including community waste management. Outline design and costs for sanitary landfill including leachate treatment.  Assessment of the social impacts of the waste management recommendations including resettlement implications for residents and businesses. Identification of potential adverse environmental impacts from the project and assessment of the solid waste and drainage interventions on climate change mitigation and adaptation.   Photo: Rag Picker, Battambang landfill.


Client:     Nippon Koei UK Ltd
Project:   Issyk-Kul Sustainable Development Project - Asian Development Bank
Role:       Waste Management Specialist, Kyrgyzstan. 2009

Analysis of existing facilities and managerial arrangements for solid waste management. Examination of technical, financial and organisational aspects of operation (collection, transport, treatment, disposal). Waste quantification and characterisation survey from three landfills. Waste modelling to identify landfill life expectancy and waste arisings and therefore treatment technologies. Preliminary diagrams for upgraded landfills and transfer facilities including cost assessment. Recommendations for project implementation regarding environmental monitoring, landfill management, municipal waste collection, recycling, composting and a joint regional waste strategy.  Analysis of the social survey focus group discussions for waste management, waste water and water supply.   Photo: Karakol landfill.

  

Client:     
Niras Finland Oy
Project:   Tonle Sap Sustainable Development Project - Asian Development Bank
Role:       Senior Environmental Specialist, Cambodia. 2008-2009
Development of an environmental impact assessment framework for this Asian Development Bank (ADB) Project.  The framework was for a sensitive watershed area and needed a balance of environmental, social, economic and development concerns. My work resulted in a practical framework including Participatory Environmental Mapping, Project Screening, Mitigation, Environmental Management and Monitoring Plans, which are  being used in the field.  Follow up involved checking environmental and social safeguards were adequate to meet the ADB’s requirement.  Photo: Sanitation project which followed the project's environmental guidelines.



Client:     Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN FAO)
Project:   Tonle Sap Environmental Management Project - Asian Development Bank
Role:       Evaluation of Project Natural Resources Management Impacts, Cambodia. 2008
Evaluation of the environmental and livelihood impacts of the ADB’s Tonle Sap Environmental Management Project.  Development of evaluation criteria and indicators in consultation with stakeholders.  Qualitative and quantitative indicators used in extensive field work interviews with community groups with an evaluation team. Analysis of results and completion of evaluation report.  Photo: Tree planting for environmental improvement. 



C
lient:     Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN FAO)
Project:   Tonle Sap Environmental Management Project - Asian Development Bank
Role:       Environmental Specialist, Cambodia. 2007-2008

The project included capacity building and training government staff on environmental issues, engaging in the field with communities to identify environmental management options, developing community complementary livelihood plans such as eco-tourism, working with government staff to advise on using ADB procurement guidelines, and evaluation of community small credit livelihood schemes.    Photo: Floating eco-tourism project funded by GEF as a complementary livelihood.

Client:     Fisheries Administration, Royal Government of Cambodia
Project:   Tonle Sap Environmental Management Project - Asian Development Bank
Role:       Environmental Management Advisor, Cambodia. 2005-2007
Integration of environmental considerations into project activities, especially impacts of current activities including resource overuse. Capacity  building field staff working with community groups to identify environmental impacts, facilitation skills and other training needs.  Capacity building and training staff regarding planning, reporting and monitoring skills. Managing interactive workshops and stakeholder relationship development.  Raising environmental awareness of community groups and support for livelihood projects. Development of processes for national Government officers to follow ADB procurement guidelines.     Photo: Community participation in planning for Natural Resources Management. 
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