Marketing Brazilian socio-biodiversity products in Germany (contd. from page 1)

ECO-led project brokes contracts of 1.9 million EUR

2018-02/ Linking up Brazilian small producer organisations with retailers in Germany is among the concerns of the bilateral programme Green Markets and Sustainable Consumption, which is implemented by ECO and its regional partner IPAM Amazôn, on behalf of GIZ. Only by such matchmaking can sustainably grown "socio-biodiversity products" from the Amazon be integrated into dynamic and diversified markets. The German "Biofach" fair in Nuremberg is an important platform for the necessary contacts. Here, from 14th to 17th February, ECO Consult and IPAM helped cooperatives present the nutritional quality and socio-ecological added value of a variety of their foods such as Brazil Nut, Açaí pulp, vegetable oils, coffee, dried fruit, rice, jams and other. Under the exposition motto "Family farming from Brazil" contracts were concluded of a total value of 1.9 million EUR. Next to speeches and technical exchange with market representatives and politicians, excursions illustrated the breadth of German organic markets and retailing structures. Among the participants was also the Secretaria Especial de Agricultura Familiar e do Desenvolvimento Agrário (Special Secretariat for Family Farming and Agricultural Development, Sead), one of the project's Brazilian partner organizations and a traditional guest at Biofach for expanding Brazil's organic markets to Europe.

Supporting the valorisation of the rainforest for traditional communities and winning them over for a preservation of forest resources is an important facet of Brazilian-German technical cooperation in the Amazon. Whoever, as a German consumer, seeks to pay tribute to the new organic products on offer should watch out for the producer names: Cootap, Coopfam, Cooperacre, Coodapis, Fazenda Bacuri, Reca, Weber Haus, Frutipérola and Coopercuc.

New sourcebook for adaptation planners, managers and investors

How to valuate EbA: An aggregated and commented overview

2018-01/ Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation, or Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) involves a wide range of ecosystem management activities to increase the resilience and reduce the vulnerability of people and the environment to climate change. But national policy planning and technical cooperation alike have sometimes difficulty in making the case for the more comprehensive and costy EbA measures, as compared to'solid' infrastructure measures such as retention dams. An utmost solid valuation of EbA before and after implemetation may be part of the solution. In this situation the sourcebook offers an aggregated and commented overview of EbA valuation. It helps with technical knowledge about how to (pre-)assess costs, benefits and impacts of EbA measures, and 40 'real-life'case studies on EbA measures that have already been practised and evaluated around the globe. All major approaches and technical tools as ecosystem valuation, vulnerability assessment, participatory appraisal, etc. explained and in part exemplified.

The brochure was authored by EbA specialist Lucy Emerton, who was won for the task by ECO Consult. It is a diligently composed and richly informative source for everyone who wants to commission, design and implement EbA valuation studies, or wishes to build awareness and capacity in favour of it — and a valuable contribution to close previous knowledge gaps in promoting investments in nature-based solutions for climate change.

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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...