OneWorld Environmental Engineers (OWEE) strives to successfully assist people, organizations, systems and processes in Africa to achieve social and economic best practice. OWEE endeavors to work closely with local entities to positively contribute to the protection of the rich natural and human resources and the empowerment of communities in Africa. OWEE's experience and "lessons learned" from community-based natural resources management (CBNRM), sustainable livelihoods creation and information sharing can complement and boost local capability to pursue these objectives.
How We Do It
Hand in hand with local entities
OWEE has a strong ethic of mutual capacity building, both within the company itself and with its clients. Strong emphasis is placed on supporting its network of partners in order to foster self-reliance and effective action. OWEE believes in boosting and working with already existing organizations provided that they have the same aim of promoting development that is socially equitable and environmentally sound. For this reason, we tend to form strong and lasting relationships with local NGOs, community-based organizations (CBOs), the private sector, Government, and relevant stakeholders at all levels.
Through multidisciplinary collaboration,
OWEE interacts at many different levels with its partners. Our own staff and expanded implementation teams include academics, planners and ground level project managers. The consultants have diverse skills in the natural, human, social, and financial environments, which allow them to undertake a wide variety of work geared towards driving social, environmental and economic change. Ground level project managers and coordinators deployed in OWEE-managed projects ensure continuity beyond our own involvement, thus adding to the long term sustainability. Taking advantage of our collective language skills, including English, Portuguese, Xhosa, Kiswahili, Malagasy, Spanish, Nama, Afrikaans, French, German, Swedish, Oshiwambo, Shona, Zulu, and Ndebele, OWEE is qualified to participate in projects in a number of countries in Africa and beyond.
Harnessing regional synergies
OWEE acknowledges the cultural and social differences between countries, which render the approaches to development unique to each situation. Yet its contribution in Africa takes advantage of synergies and inter-dependencies between the different countries where it operates. As an example, Angola, Namibia and South Africa are flanked by the same Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME). A continuum of protected areas is also forming along this coast. On the opposite coast, the Agulhas and Somali Currents LME (ASCLME) unites many countries (Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia) in the search of solutions to common problems and in the involvement of communities in those same solutions.
Lessons learned at the regional level and exchanging information along the South- South and South-North directions is an integral part of our work, and an essential activity in the empowerment of local communities and promotion of ground level governance. The Distance Learning and Information Sharing Tool (DLIST) online platforms, www.dlist-benguela.org and www.dlist-asclme.org, have been playing a pivotal role in assuring the participation of stakeholders at all levels in planning, policy making and CBNRM processes. While DLIST Benguela targets Angola, Namibia and South Africa, the DLIST ASCLME focuses on the Western Indian Ocean.
In terms of environmental education, public policy processes or giving exposure to worthy causes or marginalized communities is something that lies in the heart of all work that OWEE does. We are intensely aware of the power of public opinion and believe that good ideas can change the world, but only if they are shared. Therefore, OWEE is closely aligned with its sister company Francois Odendaal Productions (FOP).
OWEE draws on a vast experience and growing network to promote and facilitate activities and processes in Africa and beyond, in the different areas described below. All consultations have an environmental as well as a social change component.
Conservation and Development
OWEE assists all sectors of society in recognizing that a healthy natural resource base is essential for economic self-sufficiency and provide opportunities for future livelihood options. We offer a variety of services including environmental education, social audits, corporate social responsibility, ecotourism development, environmental assessments, strategic environmental and social assessments, knowledge management, cultural heritage preservation, policy development, protected area management, integrated development planning, biodiversity conservation and monitoring systems.
OWEE is devoted to the development of sustainable livelihoods in rural impoverished areas. We assist local communities in identifying their conservation and tourism development needs and then creating projects around these, whilst ensuring that ownership resides with local people.
Training, Capacity Building & Skills Transfer
At the heart of OWEE's philosophy lies capacity building through the transfer of knowledge and appropriate technologies. This approach leads to projects and programs becoming self-sustainable. It breaks the cycle of dependence on external assistance and empowers societies to shape their own future. Our experience in capacity building includes environmental education and training, course developments, community development and resource management through a wide resource base that includes links to academic, governmental, NGO and funding institutions.
Marine and Coastal Areas Management
OWEE is concerned with advancing integrated coastal zone planning and development practices. Of key concern is the involvement of local populations in the planning and management of their coastal areas. Local people need to be empowered to plan and manage the resources they depend on. This includes contributing to coastal zone policy formulation and implementation, as well as living marine resources management.
OWEE has extensive experience in assisting people in a vast array of locations to identify and realize the tourism potential of their areas. The approach we take is to facilitate the process of integrated ecotourism development within a local, regional and international context.
Building & Civil Engineering Environment
Humans have modified their environment since time immemorial. Good planning is required to get the best value out of the environment, whether it involves single structures or larger scale town and urban planning. Today, Integrated Development Planning (IDP) processes are widely accepted and in some countries required by Law so that plans have statutory value.
OWEE staff is dedicated to assisting clients with planning and management urban and interurban human developement projects (i.e. buildings, new setlements and comunications infrastructures) the built environment, whether it is through developing an IDP system for local government, teaching Geographic Information System (GIS) to community-based groups, or working closely with clients to design places, shelter and spaces for a diverse range of human activities and functions. Design must be responsive to climatic conditions, buildings must be environmentally friendly and within reason make use of natural and/or locally available or produced materials so that local people are not only involved in their design and construction but can derive maximum benefit from developments. Therefore qualified staff will work closely together with local communities, local and regional government and other clients to pursue high quality built environments that are vibrant, environmentally sound and aesthetically pleasing so optimal benefit is derived from them. Transfer of capacity is a key project activity so that skills are learnt and maintenance can be done by local people as far as possible.
In Summary: WHAT WE OFFER
- Energy Production and Distribution
- Soils and Water Recovering and de-contamination
- Waste Water Depuration Systems
- Urban and Industrial Waste Management and Technologies
- Technologies for Biofuel production. Waste Valorization (fuel from plastic and used oils, etc.)
- Odors Control
- Soil and slope stabilization. Disaster mitigation
- Treatment of Oil Spills in both inland and marine environments
- Purification of Industrial Smokes (best available technologies in smoke cleansing)
- And more
- Project Management
- GIS and Land Use Planning
- Noise mapping. Environmental Impact Assessment
- Strategic Environmental Assessment
- Design and Implementation of Environmental Management Systems (Governmental and Private Institutions)
- Marine and Coastal Areas Management
- Sustainable Tourism Planning
- Building & Civil Engineering Environment
- And more