ECO wins acclaim for successful integration

Wheelchair no obstacle for Jana's contributions

2019-12 / In December, Bad Hersfeld employment agency paid a visit to ECO. Joachim Pankow (photo: back, left) acclaimed ECO's commitment to integrating employees with a handicap. ECO colleague Jana Pistor (front) joined the company in 2019. With a paraplegia that has physically affected her from birth, she had long found it difficult to obtain a job. But ECO converted a barrier-free part of the office building into a working space so that the 26-year-old commercial clerk is now able to come to work independently, once per week. On other days she works from home. Right: In charge for Jana's integration: Sissy Sepp.

Go for Pirarucu: 50,000 consumers to taste innovative superfish delicacies

Expedition and festivals to boost sociobiodiversity marketing

2019-11/ In an expedition on board the "Dona Diolinda" Brazilian ethnologists, biologists and kitchen chefs have joined their interests in putting the Amazon's biodiversity into value. Accompanied by ECO project advisor André Machado the team met indigenous communities and familiarized themselves with their benefits from accessing national markets as well as challenges of commercially producing NTFP.

The 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. GIZ/ECO Consult supports the marketing of Pirarucu fish, jointly with USAID und the US Forest Service.

By now haute cuisine puts Pirarucu on the menu: First recipes from the 200 kg-species were presented on- and offline under the new brand „Gosto da Amazônia“. Other project activities are a festival, workshops, a branding book, website and press releases.

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.

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 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 crosscutting programme updates. From now on users find their established entries and navigation over desktop or mobile, with minimal changes in content structure.   

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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