Anchor Environmental is an independent consulting firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. We offer ecological and economic expertise to inform management and decision making regarding the use and conservation of natural resources.
Areas of interest
Our main areas of focus are marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems, environmental and resource economics, conservation policy, strategy and planning, and natural resource management.
We provide a range of services including:
Ecological and socio-economic research and baseline studies
Fisheries management and aquaculture support
Ecosystem valuation studies
Integrated conservation planning
Strategic environmental assessments (SEA)
Environmental impact assessments (EIA)
Environmental management plans (EMPs), and
Environmental flow assessments (EFA).
These studies are applied in a wide variety of contexts, ranging from tropical deltas, wetlands and river basins to the arid karoo and from communal lands to private commercial farmlands and protected areas. The types of problems tackled by us include:
Determining the value of individual resources and different habitat types to local households and the national economy
Identifying and addressing the underlying causes of resource overexploitation and biodiversity loss
Assessing and addressing invasive alien, pollution and climate change problems in catchments and marine environments
Determining the value of maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services
Investigating the optimal allocation of scarce resources such as water at local and regional scales, and
Investigating the feasibility and potential efficacy of economic tools such as incentive systems and payments for ecosystem services.
Our services also include :
Designing methodologies for conservation planning and resource allocation, as well as
Formulating decision tools to aid in local and national decision-making processes.
We take pride in our ability to see the bigger picture, simplify complex problems and to provide rational and pragmatic solutions.
We have considerable in-house experience in a wide range of tools and methodologies, including ecological sampling methods, social survey methods, statistics and econometrics, ecological-economic modelling and geographic information systems. Our staff are associates of the University of Cape Town and have produced more than 200 technical reports and we have published over 75 scientific papers and regularly participate in international conferences. Our staff have worked on projects throughout southern and eastern Africa, and in the Middle East and are well-grounded in terms of real-world experience. We have our own library of over 700 books and reports and 5500 published papers, as well as access to the University of Cape Town's library services. We are strong in project management and draw from an excellent network of proven specialists as required.
We maintain high standards in the delivery of services to our clients. We pay attention to timeous delivery of a well-written and well-packaged products.
Our clients include a diversity of stakeholders involved in the environmental sector including industry, government and non-governmental organisations operating from local to international scales.