Society and Culture are Vital for Sustainable Environmental Management

Stella Madete is a member of EMC’s Technical Team and supports baseline studies and environmental education and awareness projects. She has a Master’s in Environment, Politics and Society from University College London and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the United States International University.

Why did you choose to your field of study?

 I have a deep appreciation for the natural world and have always been interested in the symbiotic yet precarious relationship between nature and society. I draw inspiration from Wangari Maathai and aspire to change the way in which people engage with the environment by encouraging positive interaction with it. I wanted to explore how culture and governance shape this relationship and the role of emerging technologies in environmental protection.

How does your work at EMC contribute to this field?

 Our work conducting assessments across Guyana helps build knowledge of the country’s rich biodiversity and promotes a better understanding and appreciation of Guyana’s unique environment. We also help our clients integrate the highest environmental standards and procedures and explore environmentally sensitive approaches and technologies in their pursuit of economic growth.

What is the best part of your work?

I am lucky to have the opportunity to travel across Guyana, interact with different people and cultures, and learn from their relationships with nature. I have learned a lot about how Guyana’s policies, such as the Low Carbon Development Strategy, history and culture combine to help care for its unique environment. Guyana is a great example of how governance systems that enlist public support in formulating and regulating inclusive environmental policy incentivise sustainable use of the environment.

Environmental Management Consultants Inc. (EMC) is an environmental service provider and promoter of green growth. EMC works to support efforts aimed at the protection and sustainable management of Guyana’s environment.