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Cameron-Cole Director Interviewed for Journal

Chris Lawless, Cameron-Cole’s director of Greenhouse Gas Management Services, is featured in a Q & A interview with Climate Change Business Journal.  To read the interview, please click here.  For more information, contact Chris at clawless@cameron-cole.com.

Cameron-Cole Staff Presented at the Climate Leadership Conference in March

Cameron-Cole’s Senior Strategist Dru Krupinsky spoke at the Climate Leadership Conference’s side event, “Achieving High Quality Data in Carbon Accounting,” on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The presentation focused on what the new Scope 2 GHG reporting requirements will mean for your inventory and provided a hands-on demonstration of verification best practices from a reporting organization’s point of view.

The Climate Leadership Conference was held in Seattle, March 8-10, 2016, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.  The Climate Leadership Conference convenes around U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious Climate Leadership Awards and is hosted by The Climate Registry, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, with U.S. EPA as the event's headline sponsor.

January Opening of Office in South Pacific

Cameron-Cole is pleased to announce its opening of an office located in the heart of the South Pacific, which will focus on offering Sustainability and Carbon Management services to island nations.  Cameron-Cole’s Principal Engineer Myles Wilkinson will manage the office and can be contacted locally by phone at +685 777 0435, or by email at mwilkinson@cameron-cole.com.

Cameron-Cole Participated in IUCN Congress 2016, Honolulu, September 2

Cameron-Cole’s Myles Wilkinson joined Michael Donoghue, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), as a presenter during a workshop held September 2, 2016, during the week-long International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Congress 2016.  The workshop, entitled “Ecotourism as a Tool for Conservation of Iconic Marine Species in the Pacific Islands,” examined a number of case studies, considered the lessons learned from successes and failures regarding what are promoted as “ecotourism,” and discussed the way forward to bring benefits to both communities and threatened species alike.  

Cameron-Cole recently was selected by SPREP to conduct a regional assessment of sustainable tourism throughout the Pacific region.  Cameron-Cole is in the process of surveying several Pacific I+sland nations and territories to analyze current policies, related constraints and then will provide recommendations that identify the key actions that need to be undertaken by national, regional and local governments to strengthen sustainable tourism to compete regionally and globally.  During the workshop, Myles provided an update on the progress of the Cameron-Cole project to date and brought observations back to our project team.  Other workshop participants included chairman Joshua Wycliffe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Fiji; and presenters Irene Kelly of NOAA; Jessie McComb (Sustainable Tourism consultant); Rod Mast (Oceanic Society); Elise Huffer, Secretariat for the Pacific Community; Kay Booth, the NZ Department of Conservation and others.

The IUCN World Conservation Congress has grown to be the world’s largest and most democratic recurring conservation event in the world. The theme of this year’s Congress “Planet at a Crossroads,” was expected to draw 6,000 to 10,000 participants that included Heads of State and other high-level government officials, top CEOs and business leaders, representatives from indigenous groups and leading civil society organizations of all shapes and sizes along with top scientists, academics, influencers, educators and artists from around the world.   

Cameron-Cole Chosen to Assess Sustainable Tourism in Pacific Island Nations

Cameron-Cole is proud to announce it has been selected by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to conduct a regional assessment of sustainable tourism throughout the Pacific region.  The tourism industry is a significant sector for Pacific island nations and territories and a vital part of their economies. However, SPREP has recognized that if not carefully managed, tourism can have negative impacts on the culture, environment, and eventually the economy of these countries and territories.  

SPREP’s Michael Donoghue stated, “We are very excited to be taking this next step toward developing a coordinated strategy for ecotourism in the region. We are confident that Cameron-Cole’s analysis and evaluation will enable SPREP to advocate practical approaches for conservation of the environment, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage and knowledge, and improved sustainable tourism business practices.”

Cameron-Cole’s Sustainability team will be visiting several Pacific island nations to analyze the effectiveness of the current programs and to define recommendations for successful regional and national approaches. Cameron-Cole Team Leader Rob Watson explained, “A sustainable tourism strategy should address the challenges of balancing the economic benefits of increased tourism with the potentially negative impacts on culture and environment. Balancing people, planet, and profit is the key to a sustainable tourism strategy that emphasizes interaction with marine environments.”

Conditions in the Pacific region include the threat of rising sea levels and more turbulent weather that combine to make coastal and marine protection efforts increasingly challenging. The sedimentation and runoff resulting from fire, logging, agriculture, and mining activities, and property and resource destruction from tropical storms, can diminish infrastructure to where it is unable to support tourist activity and significant investment is needed to rebuild.  Jerome Edwards, Cameron-Cole’s President and Co-Founder expressed, “Cameron-Cole is excited to support SPREP’s efforts to be a global leader in marine ecotourism standards and best practices and in its charge to promote responsible care for these unique resources.”

“We believe that a long-term and comprehensive approach must underlie any policies, programs and projects that recommend ways in which niche tourism can become more sustainable,” Watson added. “There will be a focus on opportunities for regional collaboration on existing tourism activities, while at the same time creating an infrastructure for lower impact tourism such as ecotourism, and marine ecotourism.”  

Rob Watson, a global leader in the green building movement and a market transformation expert, is joined on this project by Cameron-Cole’s specialists in water and waste management, environmental management, marine biology, tropical ecology, stormwater management for port and marine facilities, environmental monitoring, and climate change management.

SPREP is an intergovernmental organization charged with promoting cooperation among Pacific island countries and territories to protect and improve their environment and ensure sustainable development.   For more information on this project, contact jedwards@cameron-cole.com.