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World Environment Day 2020

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When most people think of nature, they think of the park or the ocean, a rainforest perhaps, but nature is so much more. Nature provides us with oxygen, the water that we drink, ensures fertile soil to grow the foods we eat each day and so much more.

At Cardno, we are doing our bit #ForNature through our extensive environmental work around the world.

This year’s World Environment Day reminds us to think about how we act #ForNature. It calls on us to think about and protect biodiversity, for if this is neglected, the intricate web of interdependent parts could be negatively affected.

Our people work on projects in all corners of the globe, partnering with local communities to educate them on Environmental Law reform, the importance of protecting their region’s biodiversity and working hands on to help take care of nature, so that it can continue to take care of us.

Solomon Islands Justice Program

Solomon Islands Justice Program (SIJP) is working in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government and other partners in the formal and informal justice sector so that all communities in Solomon Islands can have greater access to a credible justice system that supports the rule of law.

SIJP provides support to Solomon Islands NGOs working on access to justice. One of these partners is Solomon Islands Environmental Law Association (SIELA) whose mandate is to raise citizens’ awareness of the protections afforded to them and their traditional lands under the nation’s environmental laws. 

Members of the Solomon island Environmental Law Association

SIELA’s work supports the upholding of biodiversity in Solomon Islands through its efforts to strengthen awareness of and therefore effectiveness of the country’s environmental laws.

Papua New Guinea Biodiversity Program

Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) environmental biodiversity is among the world’s richest – and most at-risk. This rich biodiversity is fundamentally important to the long-term well-being of its population. But it is threatened by weak regulation of natural resource use and development. This program aims to curb unsustainable natural resource use and damage to terrestrial and marine ecosystems through ecological and local governance capacity assessments that will inform community engagement.

Papua New Guinea indigenous dancing

The program presents a unique opportunity to align both conservation and development priorities - protecting rich resources and enabling PNG to sustainably advance the development of its people.

An update from the PNG Biodiversity Team

For World Environment Day (WED) 2020, the USAID Papua New Guinea (PNG) Lukautim Graun Program (LGP) management team would like to share some of the program successes from the past 9-months of start-up and partner meetings. In Tok Pisin, the program name Lukautim Graun loosely translates to “protect the environment.”


Hear from our people from around the world how the projects they are working on are helping to protect biodiversity and nature.

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Tamara Klug

Business Unit Leader, Natural Resources & Biologist, Southern California, United States

Tamara is the liaison between our International Development team and Science and Environment team to provide support to the PNG Biodiversity Program. Our Science and Environment staff, based in America, will provide assistance as helping to develop and implement biodiversity programs and initiatives.

"Cardno will work at the national, provincial and local levels to facilitate collaboration and information sharing. The Program will build the knowledge and capacity required to implement systems that support improved customary management of lands and waters in priority locations".

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Technical Director – Environmental Sciences for the National Water and Environment, Brisbane, Australia

David, a 20-year Cardno veteran deals with biodiversity on a daily basis. From relatively small studies on development sites recording flora and fauna for the purpose of impact assessments, through to regional studies on biodiversity significance to inform future planning decisions and natural area management. He considers himsely lucky to work in the biodiverse capital of Australia, Brisbane!

"The great thing about living and working in a region that is so biodiverse is that there are constantly new things to learn and to explore. By way of example, there are approximately 14,500 plant species native to Queensland to learn – that is around 3,000 more species than all of Europe! To add to this, new species are constantly being discovered, so the list to learn just grows longer".

At Cardno, we are proud to be preserving environments around the world.

We are solving environmental challenges. From environmental assessment to aquatic ecology, we protect wetlands, rivers, streams and coastal environments.

We provide expertise in flora, fauna and ecosystems from coast to coast.

We navigate complex challenges in restoration, environmental and natural resource planning, sustaining biodiversity and environments for the future.

Learn more about our environmental work.

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Learn more about how Cardno is making a difference to people and communities around the world. #Cardno75years