Nature & Water

Nature & Water

ERM works with organizations to help them factor nature and water into their strategies and transition to a nature positive future. We partner with clients to turn financial data and scientific insights into meaningful and rapid action.

Nature depletion threatens business continuity

The majority of the world’s GDP is dependent on nature and its services. It is critical for organizations who rely on nature and water in their value chains to have a clear understanding of their related risks and opportunities.

Water scarcity, quality and control are becoming significant challenges due to climate change and rising demand. Rapid and meaningful action is needed to ensure business continuity.

Valuing nature and water as assets rather than resources is crucial to business resiliency. Proactively addressing these risks can prevent costly delays to capital projects, strengthen supply chains and support local communities.

To become ‘nature positive’, organizations need access to accurate data and integrated solutions. This helps to simplify disclosure, drive transformation and maximize value creation.

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Managing nature risk and opportunity

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Nature-related regulations and disclosure frameworks are driving corporate action and affecting market access requirements globally. To manage nature risk and opportunity, companies need to understand the emerging policy and market landscape, local operating environments and stakeholder expectations.

Deliver on nature and water with commercial and technical expertise from ERM.

Strengthen nature strategy and disclosure

ERM helps clients assess and address nature impacts, dependencies, risks and opportunities. We establish targets and implement robust roadmaps that enhance nature strategy and disclosure, resulting in greater transparency and resiliency.

Optimize water management

ERM helps clients to define enterprise water strategies, through true cost of water evaluation, risk assessment, target setting and identification of investment opportunities. We implement water stewardship down at a catchment level and help clients mitigate risks, reduce consumption and safeguard business continuity.

Harness nature-based solutions

Our experts approach natural climate solutions holistically, across marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems. From due diligence through to project development and implementation, we enable clients to enhance carbon credit integrity while delivering positive biodiversity and community outcomes.

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Support permitting and compliance

ERM’s biodiversity and water specialists provide strategic and technical services that support capital projects and ongoing compliance programs. From conducting biodiversity surveys to advising on water pollutant management, we help clients understand and solve permitting and regulatory challenges related to nature and water.

Our partnerships

Our ecosystem of partnerships helps strengthen the scale and reach of our nature capabilities. This includes the NatureTech Alliance, where we are combining the strengths of ERM’s advisory expertise with the digital technology of Salesforce, and the data acquisition capabilities of Planet Labs and NatureMetrics. 

Our approach

Nature & Water: achieve better outcomes with ERM

Nature-positive baselining, modelling and strategy development

Target setting and reporting


Nature-focused transformation change support

Community and stakeholder engagement

Value chain risk assessments and site audits

Water sourcing strategies for alternative technologies and supplier relations

Impacts and dependencies assessments

Water stress, quality and replenishment studies

Portfolio screening and risk assessment


Protect nature, water and biodiversity

Manage supply chain risk

Build more sustainable business models

Reduce risks and costs

Our work with clients

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