Project List

Summaries of all of our current and past projects are shown below. To see further details for a few of our completed projects, click here.

Current Projects

Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services

Date: May 2013 – On-going

Client:  World Bank

Level of Effort:  200 days (projected)

Related Service:  Expert Advice

We are providing a variety of expert advice related to natural capital accounting, ecosystem valuation and sustainability assessment to the World Bank's WAVES project. We are working in Madagascar, Colombia, Costa Rica and other WAVES partner countries.

Measuring Inclusive Wealth in a Resource-dependent Country

Date: December 2014 – On-going

Client:  The Ivey Foundation

Level of Effort:  40 days (projected)

Related Service:  Information for Decision-making

We are working with the International Institute for Sustainable Development to prepare a report on inclusive wealth for Canada. The report represents the first time that a comprehensive assessment of Canada's natural, human, social and economic capital will be published.

Steering Group for Climate Change Statistics

Date: January 2015 – On-going

Client:  United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Level of Effort:  40 days (projected)

Related Service:  Expert Advice

The Steering Group on Climate Change Statistics provides direction for improvement of climate change-related statistics. Robert Smith, Principal of Midsummer Analytics, is serving as co-chair of the Steering Group.

Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Goods and Services in Ethiopia

Date: May 2015 – On-going

Client:  United Nations Environment Program

Level of Effort:  80 days (projected)

Related Service:  Information for Decision-making

We are helping the Government of Ethiopia prepare for participation in the UN-REDD+ Programme by assessing the contribution of the nation's forests to its GDP.

Measuring Natural Capital Productivity in Canada

Date: May 2015 – On-going

Client:  Sustainable Prosperity

Level of Effort:  15 days (projected)

Related Service:  Information for Decision-making

Sustainable Prosperity wants to shed light on the relationship between economic activity and the environment by exploring the linkages between changes in Canada’s natural capital and its measures of productivity. As a member of the project's Advisory Board, we are bringing our knowledge and expertise in natural capital accounting and productivity measurement to bear on its success.

Training on the UN System of Environmental-economic Accounts Central Framework, Kazakhstan

Date: July 2015 – On-going

Client:  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Level of Effort:  15 days (projected)

Related Service:  Expert Advice

For the OECD, we are provided training on the UN SEEA for government officials in Kazakhstan.

Past Projects

Review of State of the Environment Reporting in Canada

Date: April 2014 – June 2014

Client:  The Ivey Foundation

Level of Effort:  10 days

Related Service:  Analysis and Synthesis

We reviewed current and past efforts at state of the environment reporting in Canada. Our report assessed the adequacy of existing metrics in light of the Ivey’s Foundation's program objectives and recommended steps toward producing a robust SOE-type report for Canada in light of existing reporting initiatives and the desire to avoid duplicated effort.

Israeli Well-being Indicators

Date: August 2014 – September 2014

Client:  Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection

Level of Effort:  5 days

Related Service:  Expert Advice

We participated in a September 2014 workshop organized by the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection to review Israel's proposed indicators of well-being, which are based on an extended concept of capital. The workshop was attended by international experts, team members of the Israeli Wellbeing, Sustainability & Resilience Indicators task force, representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Economic Council, the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Economy and senior academics.

WWF International Workshop on Opportunities and Obstacles for Natural Capital Accounting on Natural Capital Accounting

Date: January 2015 – January 2015

Client:  WWF Germany

Level of Effort:  5 days

Related Service:  Expert Advice

Robert Smith participated in WWF Germany's workshop on Opportunities and Obstacles for Natural Capital Accounting in Brussels, Belgium in January 2015. The workshop brought together science, stakeholder and policy experts on natural capital accounting (NCA) to discuss the different approaches to NCA applied across countries and to identify success factors for incorporating NCA into policy processes.

Alberta Land Institute Natural Capital in Agriculture Workshop

Date: February 2015 – February 2015

Client:  Alberta Land Institute

Level of Effort:  3 days

Related Service:  Expert Advice

Robert Smith participated in an ALI workshop to explore the potential for the development of a natural capital account for agriculture in Alberta. The workshop explored the need for/use of such information, the conceptual frameworks associated with the development of natural capital or inclusive wealth measures, data availability and other issues surrounding natural capital accounting.

Valuation of Ecosystem Goods and Services in the Lake Erie Basin Economy

Date: February 2014 – March 2015

Client:  Environment Canada

Level of Effort:  80 days

Related Service:  Analysis and Synthesis

We provided Environment Canada with an overview of the methods for valuing ecosystem goods and services and then applied these methods to Lake Erie. The valuation results, which we co-produced with David Sawyer of EnviroEconomics, were used to help develop policy options for controlling phosphorus loadings to the lake.

Measuring the Cost of Pollution in Canada

Date: April 2014 – May 2014

Client:  Sustainable Prosperity

Level of Effort:  10 days

Related Service:  Information for Decision-making

Sustainable Prosperity required a short report summarizing the literature on the costs of pollution in Canada and providing estimates of these costs for a recent year. We reviewed the literature on pollution costs and summarized the most relevant studies for estimating pollution costs in Canada. Based on this, we developed initial estimates of the costs imposed on Canada’s natural, human and produce capital.

Including forest ecosystem goods and services in Senegal's GDP

Date: June 2015 – June 2015

Client:  Government of Senegal

Level of Effort:  7 days

Related Service:  Expert Advice

We reviewed and recommended improvements to the proposed methodology for valuing forest ecosystem goods and services in Senegal.

Monitoring Sustainable Development in the Arab Region

Date: October 2014 – April 2015

Client:  United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Level of Effort:  20 days

Related Service:  Analysis and Synthesis

For UNESCWA, we reviewed the past performance of Arab region countries in monitoring sustainable development and recommended improvements for the post-2015 development period. We presented our findings at the Arab High-level Summit on Sustainable Development in Bahrain in 2015.

Chinese Environmental Performance Audit System for Senior Officials

Date: February 2014 – December 2014

Client:  China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

Level of Effort:  47 days

Related Service:  Information for Decision-making

We worked with the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development to prepare recommendations for a new system to audit the environmental performance of senior Chinese government and political officials.

Evaluation of the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicator Suite

Date: November 2014 – February 2015

Client:  Environment Canada

Level of Effort:  3 days

Related Service:  Expert Advice

We provided Environment Canada with an expert review of their Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators suite to help ensure the indicators remain relevant and up-to-date.