HISTORY – partnering sustainable development since 1992

ECO was founded in 1992, year of the Rio United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The company made a headstart as a contractor to the German Government in its bilateral assistance programmes, particularly those as related to the technicalities of renewable and climate-smart wood energy and forestry.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as implementing agency to the German Government’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has remained one of the company's major clients. Further commissioning bodies include KfW Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, the World Bank and the European Commission.

In the 1990s, ECO Consult provided technical assistance and advice in many aspects of forest sector development and rural development on contracts financed by GIZ. Crosscutting evaluations of programmes by e.g. the European Commission, complemented the portfolio. Expertise and advisory services were delivered to Eastern Europe and CIS countries e.g. under the EC’s TACIS Programme.

Meanwhile the company’s focus has expanded from essentially forest and rural development oriented technical advice to a rather governance-centered perspective. Policy, and sector reforms, with an emphasis on decentralization, democratization and civil society empowerment today constitute a major share of ECO's activities.

ECO Consult has actively accompanied the negotiation of multilateral sustainable development goals and the evolution of international climate-protection policies. Since 2010, capacitation of stakeholders in climate adaptation strategies (e.g. ecosystem-based adaptation, integration of ecosystem services in development planning, community-based action plans) and preparation for innovative financing instruments (REDD+, carbon markets) has grown a major pillar of ECO's training portfolio. Assessing capacity needs and capacity development with regard to climate topics is still meeting rising demand from partner countries. At the same time, modernizing wood energy value chains in Subsaharan African with the aim to bring wasteful combustion techniques to a halt, now finally receives increased attention.

Joyful envisaging of the company's forthcoming 25th anniversary was overshadowed by the tragic illness of company founder and chief executive Cornelia Sepp.

In 2017, ECO celebrates 25 years of business in sequence as a consolidated family enterprise with a sturdy management and motivated crew. The anniversary logo reflects the idea behind all our activities: get things moving in an integrative, consultative manner and thus create momentum for change.

On April 28th, the company was awarded a honorary certificate by the regional Chamber of Commerce, for 25 years as a (partly) family-led enterprise, major employer of the area, and strong development partner for the region.


ECO's anniversary logo

Our mission: creating momentum for change

ECO Consult helps clients move things forward, in a consultative manner: It is both the ultimate goal of our activities in project management, capacitation and training and a benchmark for success.

ECO's corporate label

Three dimensions of one brand

Deriving from Greek 'oikos' (household), the prefix "eco" has remained in many languages a common denominator of both 'ecology', and 'economy'.

As a consultancy "ECO"'s philosophy is to meet both economic and ecological requirements, by dealing with limited resources in a "household-sensible" (economic) way. The prefix that parents our company signifies this. The corporate colour of purple stands for social sustainability.