The iFOREST team brings in the following skills, expertise and experience to improve the quality of the environment, and the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities:
1. Research and documentation: With excellent research skills, the team has to its credit more than 20 books, 75 reports and 20 independent scientific studies.
2. Thought leadership: We have the skills and experience to create and mobilise knowledge in the public domain to influence policies and practice.
3. Communication and advocacy: We use communication materials and tools to shape opinions and build societal capacity for change.
4. Multi-tiered action: We have the expertise to interlink multi-tiered action—from grassroots to pan-national policies. For this, we have:
- Ground-level understanding of complex environmental and socio-economic problems and their interlinkages;
- Macro-level knowledge of national and global-level political and policy dynamics on ecological, economic and social issues; and,
- A clear understanding of how different actors—industry, government, media, scientists and NGOs—can work together.
5. Convening ability: With an extensive network of people and institutions, we can bring diverse stakeholders to the table and synthesise their conflicting viewpoints to arrive at joint solutions.
6. Technology and innovation: From promoting Smart and Affordable Pollution Monitors and Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) to using information and communication technology (ICT) to bridge the information gap, the team brings to the table both experience and the network to use technology to scale-up change on the ground.