We work globally to reduce the risks and impacts of development,
improve benefits for communities, and support responsible business development.
Where we work
MERG has decades of experience working around the world. Click on markers to learn about some of our current and past projects.
Alan applies his diverse skills as a facilitator, mediator, strategist, and activist to advance sustainable development concepts and initiatives.
Through his work, Alan has developed a strong network of conservation groups, Indigenous organizations, companies and governments in North America, Latin America and Europe. He has developed strategic partnerships with, and among, leaders in these sectors to tackle complex problems and develop lasting solutions.
Alan has been involved in socio-economic impact assessments, large-scale conservation strategies, certification programs in the forestry and mining sectors, as well as various legislative reform initiatives in the extractive sectors nationally and internationally.
Maria Laura Barreto, PhDDirector
Laura's focus is on how law, policy and technology can be more effectively used in preventing and controlling social and environmental impacts caused by industrial sectors, particularly mining and energy.
Over the last 25 years she has been continuously active in the field of environmental law and the extractive industries, specializing in artisanal, small and large scale mining.
Her Master’s Degree in Law and International Relations, a PhD in Mining Engineering provide her with a unique perspective and skill base to do her work.
Laura has extensive experience working with governments, companies and civil society organizations on strategies, practices and policies to reduce social and environmental impacts and to promote sustainability.