Varda Group
Providing leadership and coordination to campaigns, projects and events
Public communications and strategic planning
Meeting facilitation, project evaluation and change management
Capacity building and sharing of expertise with nongovernmental organizations
Political strategy and representation

The Varda Group was established in 2003 by Kelly Rigg and Rémi Parmentier. We now have operations in the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK and we work with an extensive network of freelance collaborators. We’ve campaigned to protect the deep sea, sharks and tuna, the climate, health from smoking and on many other issues.

Welcome to The Varda Group

The Varda Group provides strategic advice and campaign expertise and coordination services across a wide range of international environmental and social issues. The Varda Group consists of Varda BV (The Netherlands), Varda Desarrollo Sostenible SL (Spain), and Varda Ltd (UK). In addition, The Varda Foundation (Stichting Varda) is a not-for-profit organisation that has the capacity to carry out charitable projects. The Varda Group was established in 2003 by Rémi Parmentier, Kelly Rigg, and Elaine Lawrence who have been leading campaigns for over 30 years on oceans, climate, disarmament, human health and many other issues. Our specialties include:

  • Campaign coordination and leadership
  • Political campaigning and advocacy
  • Strategic planning
  • Project design and management
  • Campaign and organizational evaluation
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Communications strategy design
  • Event organization
  • Campaign training

Varda staff are fluent in English, French and Spanish (and to a lesser extent Dutch and Portuguese).

Current Projects

2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

December 2017

  • Running The Low Hanging Fish campaign with BLOOM at the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Facilitation of the strategic planning meeting for organisations working to designate marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean
  • Facilitation of the strategic planning meeting of the High Seas Alliance, in Washington DC
  • Keynote speech at opening plenary of the first Conference of Defence, Security & Environment Ministers from Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica set to establish regional cooperation mechanisms for environmental & ocean security, in San José, Costa Rica.

November 2017

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