Contribution to Sino-German cooperation in the forest sector

ECO to launch sylvicultural manual

2018-03/ Along with superordinate policy making and integrated reform, knowledge transfer and practical consulting on the ground still have their roles as pacemakers for change. Likewise, ECO forestry trainings and primers with their easy-to grasp, real-life operational routines are a much sought resource for TC teams of many backgrounds. While, in 2015, ECO co-edited a trainer's handbook for wood energy producers (left), the next publication in kind is soon to follow: A compendium of forest practices and techniques, commissioned by the BfN's bilateral programme for China's communally managed commercial forests.

The second implementation phase of the programme (see right) is to end in June with a closing conference in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. In preparation to it, the "Sylvicultural Compendium" for Chinese forestry stakeholders, forestry practitioners and local decision makers will compile experience and lessons learnt. It will play a part in transforming China's commercial plantations into sustainably managed, multi-purpose forests.

ECO/IPAM helps gain market access for socio-biodiversity products at BIOFACH

Brazilian family farmers return with contracts worth 1.9 million

2018-02/ Striking success of the ECO/IPAM team on behalf of Brazilian small producers: Within four days at the Nuremberg BIOFACH, the world's major trade fair for organic food, the team around Gunter Viteri and Fernando Camargo brought together Brazilian producer organizations and German retailers. Under the eyes of BMZ and GIZ tutorship contracts of a total value of 1.9 million EUR were settled, to integrate "socio-biodiversity products" from the Amazon into the organic assortments of shops and direct marketers. Technical exchange and networking were deepened, and Brazilian partners gained practical insights into German organic market structures through excursions.

Linking up Brazilian small producer organisations with retailers in Germany is among the concerns of the Green Markets and Sustainable Consumption programme which is implemented by ECO and its regional partner IPAM Amazôn, on behalf of GIZ. Such matchmaking helps sustainably grown local produce to enter Europe's dynamic and diversified markets. At "Biofach" 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, between February, 14th to 17th.

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 costly EbA measures, as compared to the more clearly confined infrastructure measures such as, e.g., 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 presents 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.

The Sourcebook is available in English:

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Enhancement of Ecosystem Services of Communally Managed Commercial Forests in China Commissioned by the BfN, ECO Consult accompanies the Chinese Academy of Science and East China Normal University in their efforts to transform predominantly pure plantation forests into more richly structured forests, enabling multi-purpose SFM and strengthening climate resilience. More...


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...

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