ECO Consult co-organises exhibition about sustainable produce from the Amazon (ctd.)

Working together for marketing and value chain development

2017-11/ (contd. from page 1) The sociobiodiversity exhibit displays how sustainable development of the Amazon can be promoted by marketing the rich cultural and biological diversity of the region, some of which has not even been discovered or, transformed into economic opportunities. Consuming the products — or using them in value chains of the foods, health and cosmetics sector — means helping to create wealth and rising incomes for the local population without harming the environment. Back in Brazil, after the presentation in Bonn of a variety of food, arts and handicrafts, the project "Green Markets and Sustainable Consumption" will continue to foster Government, communities, companies and science to work together and develop the potential. > see also this News > Visit the exhibit website.

Attendance, exhibition, co-preparation of case study review

ECO Consult sharing expertise at COP 23

2017-11/ While ECO Consult head staff are attending COP 23, ECO is also represented at the Conference by way of an exhibition about sustainable produce and marketing in the Amazon (see above), and via the introduction of a new publication on EbA valuation. The brochure, a sourcebook of case studies from 40 countries, which were reviewed and pre-produced for GIZ's Bonn-based Global Project "Mainstreaming EbA", supports decision-makers who consider to adopt and integrate EbA into public policies. Case studies cover all continents and various ecosystems. They reveal how (e.g. along which guiding questions) valuation studies can be planned and implemented, and in how far the results carry the argument in favour of EbA as compared to merely "grey" adaptation measures. Ecosystem-based adaptation is an integrative approach that helps countries develop foresighted climate adaptation measures, which are based on a socio-ecologically more inclusive and thus more realistic assessment of risks and opportunities.

Chinese authorities test and assess close-to-nature forest management

Excursions and training with Ningbo Forestry Bureau

2017-10/ Field trips and practical demonstrations were recently on the agenda of a training course for decision-makers and practitioners in China. ECO Consult's Dr. Stefan Mann, who has been in charge of advisory services to the bilateral project "Enhancing ecosystem services of communally managed commercial forests" since 2015, illustrated and showcased close-to-nature-forest management. The approach promotes biological diversity and carbon sequestration, while generating revenue from large-dimension, valuable timber at the same time. Representatives of Ningbo Forestry Bureau highly appreciated the concepts demonstrated by the German colleagues. The approach had been selected and further developed for being consciously in line with the partner's national forest policy reform priorities.

ECO Consult retains market position in bilateral cooperation

GIZ technical procurements: ECO fourth in contract volume

2017-10/ As underpinned by the new procurement report of GIZ (covering the business year of 2016) ECO Consult has retained its place as one of the big German players in development cooperation consulting. ECO consultants, expertise and project staff were hired in 21 contracts with a total value of over EUR 9.0 million. This equals rank four in contract volume, among our immediate fellow competitors. For a year that was marked by all the team's concern and woes about our manager's health this is also a comforting achievement in the legacy of our former manager Cornelia Sepp. End of 2017 will again see ECO defend its market share, in an increasingly competitive environment.

Related project

Brazil:

Green Markets and Sustainable Consumption The project promotes value chains and marketing of products from family farming and indigeneous peoples' origin, based on the region's biodiversity. State administration, communities, companies and science are supported — in order to create alternative incomes to forest logging, and in favour of a sustainable development of the Brazilian Amazon. More...