Varda Group

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

2021

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April 2021

  • Round-table organizer and facilitator at the Barcelona ReACT conference.
  • Panelist at the high-level workshop Ocean & Climate, From Science to Policy, co-organized by the Tara Ocean Foundation, Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the French Embassy in Chile.
  • Four New Ideas for Protecting the Ocean“, a guest article in the SDG Knowledge Hub of the International Institute on Sustainable Development (IISD).

March 2021

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Varda Group in action