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Our Story.

We are environmental and social governance professionals and have been working together for several years, in numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as international policy fora.


In 2019, we decided to combine our skills and establish Takin Consulting, with a desire to contribute to improving the way natural resources are managed and governed around the world and a commitment to applying a creative, solution-oriented and pragmatic approach to our work. 

The name of the company is a reference to the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. It is a tribute to the positive experience and inspiration gained while working there. We are a registered company in France. 

Our Team.

Our Associates. 

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Joanna Pickering

Legal, policy and safeguards expert

Joanna is a lawyer and researcher with a background in human rights and environmental law and policy. Her previous work has focused on land tenure, legal pluralism and law reform in the context of natural resource governance. In particular, she has worked on issues related to forest governance in producer countries and has published research concerning the impact of mining activities on local and indigenous communities. In addition, Joanna has experience in capacity-building and project management.

She has previously worked with a range of organisations, including the University of Cape Town and ClientEarth. She is fluent in English and French and has experience working in / on, amongst others, South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Indonesia and Malaysia

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Pamela Ferro

Environmental law expert

Pamela is an environmental lawyer and policy analyst working on low carbon and climate resilient growth. Her work has focused on natural resources management, environmental certification, climate change, biodiversity, forest governance, AFOLU, REDD+ and REDD+ safeguards, indigenous peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge.  Her expertise also includes working with Parliaments to advance environmental legislation and comply with international commitments.  She has also worked on climate finance helping countries prepare funding proposals to access resources from diverse bilateral and multilateral funds (GEF, GCF, CIF, FAO, GIZ, IKI, among other).   


Some of the organisations she has worked for include DFID, GIZ, SNV, USAID, FAO, University of Sussex, GEF, IDB, Globe International and ClientEarth.  She is fluent in Spanish and English and has in-country experience in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and the UK

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