Photos: Adriano Gambarini / Operação Amazônia Nativa (OPAN)

Years of Piracucu management help gain income, bring species back (contd. from page 1)

50,000 consumers to taste innovative superfish delicacies

2019-11/ Pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) is the world's biggest freshwater scale fish. It reaches up to three metres in length and weights up to 200 kg. Traditional communities have always economized on the species in a sustainable way. Now 50,000 end consumers in urban hotspots are hoped to be reached and made taste the new delicacy from the Amazon. They, at the same time, can learn about the species' sustainable management and the benefits for the ecosystem involved: the Paumari's indigenous areas of the remote Middle Purus basin.

The current Pirarucu management and value chain support are part of the "Green Markets" project's initiatives (see right) to proliferate traditional knowledge form resident indigenous communities and assist them in livelihood provision through sustainable agriculture. Several NGOs and commercial enterprises are organized in the effort.

Management of Pirarucu was introduced as early as 1999 in the Mamirauá reserve, for sustainable use of resources and participatory agricultural and community development. Today it is practised in 34 protected areas, with official fishery agreements issued by the Brazilian Institute for Ecology and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama). Stakeholders are family producers' organizations and their representatives, supported by a number of governmentals and non-governmentals. Flanked by population monitoring and protected area surveillance the management approach has succeeded in conserving the presence and in some cases led to the return of Pirarucu and other species like Tambaqui, alligator, turtle and Tracajá. It contributes to nutrition security, survival of species, and income generation and - alongside - strengthening of community organization, and conservation of traditional fishery skills and of resident people's cultural practices.

Website in new responsive design

Welcome to ECO Consult from all mobile devices

2019-10/ Users can now readily access all ECO Consult's website contents over smartphone, iPad or tablet PCs. The site's new responsive structure allows comfortable reading in all conventional mobile formats. The project, realized in cooperation with Datamints IT developers, Penzberg, came jointly with SSL encryption. Solutions for migrating the entire corporate layout were found while securing accessibility of the contents throughout, with minimal intervals of content freeze and thorough programme updates. From now on users find their established entries and navigation over desktop or mobile, with minimal changes in content structure. Our thanks to the Datamints team for excellent cooperation and service.    

Pro-Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation III

ECO Consult wins KfW contract to continue work in Sierra Leone

2019-10/ ECO continues to work for the Pro-Poor Growth for Peace Coonsolidation programme in Sierra Leone. The new contract issued by KfW comprises the third phase of the Programme. Up until 2022 the  programme will work to improve employment and income, particularly for young people. Capacities of key stakeholders in operating and maintaining infrastructure facilities will be developed, to promote the productive potential and sustainable growth in the rural target regions. The programme was installed to re-establish the country's economic potential (infrastructure, agricultural productivity and employment) after the civil war. Now, in favour of a lasting peace, GPC I and II's achievements need to be safeguarded and institutions are further strengthened. 

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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...

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