Tetra Tech Inc., a global provider of consulting and engineering services based in Pasadena, has been awarded a $22 million, single-award contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support biodiversity protection and enhance livelihoods in Madagascar, a company press release said Thursday.
The contract involves a five-year USAID project, called the Mikajy activity, which is part of the agency’s Conservation and Communities Project in Madagascar. Mikajy, in Madagascar’s national language Malagasay, means “taking good care of.”
Under the contract, Tetra Tech will support critical biodiversity conservation efforts in forested and coastal ecosystems in Madagascar, and empower local communities in these regions to manage their natural resources; the company will also provide new economic opportunities and support for natural resource tenure and property rights.
“Tetra Tech is pleased to support USAID’s work in Madagascar to conserve the island’s world-renowned biodiversity, while improving the lives of its citizens,” Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech’s Chairman and CEO, said.
To pursue Mikajy, USAID will use innovative tools and science-based analyses to strengthen government territorial planning efforts at the local level and improve water and resource infrastructure and governance, Tetra Tech said.
USAID Mikajy also will develop public-private partnerships by linking rural producers with investors and establish resource advocacy networks to strengthen land use and access rights. Components of the activity also will address climate change resilience and engagement of women and youth.
Tetra Tech, whose headquarters are located at 3475 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena, provides innovative technical solutions to global commercial and government clients focused on water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.
The company has 17,000 associates worldwide.
For more information about Tetra Tech, visit www.tetratech.com.