About Us

The Institute for Environment Research and Development (IERD), located in Otta, Nigeria is an international research institute working in the area of sustainable environment and development.
We work globally through a wide range of research on problems relating to environmental concerns and to developmental needs generally. It is our desire to facilitate a culture of communication and dialogue on innovative research and dissemination of results while we advocate for the prevention of harm to human and ecosystem and through application of precautionary measures. The aim is to promote more informed and affirming public awareness and participation in environmental issues and to contribute to positive changes in relevant policies and programmes, by creating mechanisms for learning and advocacy at local, regional and global levels.
IERD acts as a catalyst, broker and facilitator and helps to provide equitable access to justice to those that are unable to afford representation for their environmental problems. Environmental sustainability is a core concern but not at the expense of people’s livelihoods.
Activities under the Institute focus on the African continent with particular focus in Nigeria.


We envision that we will provide expertise in achieving sustainable environment and development at local, national, and global levels.


Our mission in IERD is to provide expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development at local, national, regional and global levels. In alliance with others, we want to change a future that ends global poverty as a result of a degraded environment and ensures fair and sound management of the world’s resources through meaningful development.


The IERD uses participatory methods and multi-stakeholder processes to develop policy that works for local livelihoods. We are committed to maintaining excellence throughout all our programme activities but are looking to achieve greater synergies between similar areas. To this end we harness broader groups to help generate further innovation and new ways of working.

  • Natural Resources – sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, dry lands and forestry.
  • Climate Change – mitigation, adaptation and vulnerability.


Communicating effectively remains a challenge but one that IERD is continually evolving. Communications are at the heart of IERD’s work. If we are to inform and influence key actors we must invest in more powerful means to translate our findings in clear messages, targeted at a range of audiences. We are careful to integrate communications activities into the design of projects, so there is adequate provision for disseminating these messages jointly with our partners.

At the same time we carry out institute-wide communications work on strategic topics, as well as cross-cutting issues. Our target audiences need material in various forms. We convey messages through multiple channels, often in collaboration with other actors.


We are developing ways to monitor and evaluate our work, to ensure greater effectiveness and added value. The next phase of our monitoring and evaluation programme will expand our range of tools and processes. In time, these will be available as an on-line resource, for anyone working in the field of policy change, and facing similar challenges. External reviews, communications and networking continue to provide us with essential feedback for new and emerging priorities.

Advisory Panel meetings (APs) help improve our effectiveness and relevance, by providing an opportunity to consult with and listen to people and organizations from within Nigeria and Africa.
Major IERD-wide events, such as our Annual Conferences and Multi-Donor Meetings, draw upon the skills and experience of all parts of the institute.
A range of initiatives allow us to feed insights from different parts of IERD into global debates.

Our team

…building sustainable environments.

Amanda Lee

Senior project

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Adam Cheise

Head of Platform

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