Discover the MARC approach, designed to accompany people and organisations along a path of environmental and social responsibility, a path that is not always easy and requires commitment and dedication.
Our territory has enormous environmental resources and is rich in natural areas that provide important ecosystem services to the population. The management of protected areas and natural resources is a complex subject. We therefore aim to tackle it with an interdisciplinary approach that is able to respond to institutional, technical and economic demands. An approach called GRAN.
Department of National Parks of the Royal Thai Government
This project “Development of a Communication Strategy and Assessing Information and Media Products for Thailand’s REDD+ Programme” support the Department of National Parks of the Royal Thai Government (RTG) in developing its REDD+ Strategy so that it is technically sound and environmentally and socially sustainable, as well as in compliance with World Bank safeguards policies.
Our linear development model requires more resources than the earth can provide. The Earth Overshoot Day, the day on which the world's population exhausts its ecological budget, is anticipated every year (WWF, 2016). The limits of linear consumption In order to satisfy the needs and lifestyles of the world's population, we are placing too much pressure on the natural ecosystems, they don’t have time to regenerate the resources we need. This model of uncontrolled exploitation of resources has not only eroded the natural stocks of raw materials, but is also irreversibly changing the natural equilibria. The most striking example is right in front of us - the combustion of fossil fuels (coal, oil, methane gas), which have been stored underground for millions of years, has altered the global carbon cycle, increasing the concentration of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, with catastrophic consequences which are called “Climate crisis”. The graph extracted from the Circular Gap Report (Circle Economy, 2018), does not leave room for any interpretations: in the last century we have tripled the consumption of resources, and this trend is continuously increasing, with a forecast of 170-184 Gigatonnes of extracted resources by 2050. Raw material extraction from 1900 to 2015 and forecasts trend until 2050 (Circle Economy, 2018). What should we do to reverse this trend? We must aim for a circular model to create a regenerative system in which the goods we produce remain in the economic cycle for as long as possible without losing their value. The circular economy aims to eliminate the concept of waste - products are designed for a cycle of deconstruction and disassembly at the end of life. In this perspective, even the concept of recycling becomes obsolete and it should only be adopted when materials definitively lose their functionalities. Applying these principles in the real value chains allows to minimise material, energy and labour inputs, reducing the dependence of our economy on raw materials and non-renewable sources. How does it work the circular economy? Two definitions are essential to describe the Circular Economy framework: Biological material cycle: represented in green cycles on the left side of the diagram - are those materials that can safely re-enter into natural world, once they have passed through one or more use cycles, where they will biodegrade over time, returning the embedded nutrients to the environment. Technical material cycle: represented in blue on the right hand side - cannot re-enter into natural world. These materials, such as metals, plastics, and synthetic chemicals, must continuously cycle through the system so that their value can be captured and recaptured. These two cycles must never overlap. In order to avoid contamination and pollution it is necessary that technical materials do not enter into biosphere and to ensure the renewability of biological nutrients we must be able to separate them from the technical materials and return them to the biological cycle. The butterfly diagram
We are looking for a new colleague able to manage two EU research projects on water-food-energy nexus, exploring the tradeoffs among water uses for agriculture, energy, and ecological conservation. Find out more!
Who we are Etifor restores the balance between humans and nature. How? By improving the value of nature through science, innovation and governance. Our work is to help clients increase economic, environmental and social benefits of policies, projects and investments. Together we will challenge environmental and social issues with the aim of enhancing nature. Being part of our team also means sharing our values; the only thing that matters to us is how green your heart is and not your background, origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities (check out our ethical code). Who are we looking for? We are looking for: a dynamic and resourceful collegue, able to work independently, while supporting the team members to deliver high quality scientific and technical projects to improve water governance, policy, economics, planning, etc. a colleague with high interpersonal skills, able to maintain a friendly and interactive working environment a systematic person able to develop smart tools and methodologies a co-worker familiar with EU-funded project management and with good written and oral communication skills. If you feel that way then you're the person we're looking for! Job responsabilities Manage two EU research projects, REXUS and LENSES, on water-food-energy nexus, exploring the tradeoffs among water uses for agriculture, energy, and ecological conservation. Etifor is a project partner within the consortium, not the coordinator. So you will be responsible to coordinate the working packages within Etifor's responsibility. You will be supported by other Etifor team members, including a financial project manager. Represent Etifor during EU project meetings and establish close relationship with project partners and the coordinator. Perform relevant research in the field of nature-based solutions, economic sustainability, policy and governance, within the water-food-energy nexus. Develop new project proposals and deliver technical consultancies in the field of water management, with preferences for the agricultural sector. Manage an increasing project portfolio in the above-mentioned topics. Engage actively in the shared-management, team and strategy building activities of the company. Coordinate with team members at Etifor, and report to the Unit Director. Other responsibilities may be added to value specific skills of the candidate. Qualification, experiences and skills required Educational background: To apply, the Master's Degree (MS) is mandatory MSc related to natural resource management, environmental agronomy or resource economics, are a plus. Any MSc will be evaluated if backed up by relevant experience in the field of water management. PhDs will be a plus. Experience At least 1 year experience in one or more of the following roles: Management of EU funded projects in the environmental, water, agricultural sector (Horizon, Erasmus+, LIFE, etc.); Research activities in natural resource management, water conservation, sustainable agriculture. Experience within public or private entities in charge of water, land, protected areas management (irrigation consortiums, water utilities, agricultural and/or forestry agencies). Candidates with previous experiences or that are familiar with water-food-energy nexus, water conservation, sustainable agriculture, nature-based solutions, green infrastructure, evaluation frameworks, stakeholder engagement, are particularly welcome. We welcome both senior or junior