BACCP II/III to rely on landscape-based approach for conservation (ctd. from page 1)

Ecological corridors link up areas and outbalance use-rights

2020-03/To preserve critically endangered biodiversity, single individual – even large – protected areas may not suffice. The concept and promotion of "connectivity" among protected areas by means of "ecological corridors" has special relevance in the case of Mongolia and her various high-level wildlife species of outstanding ecological significance and economic value.

In 2018/19, ECO Consult was charged with a Project Preparation Consultancy (PPC) on behalf of the Mongolian-German Financial Cooperation Project Biodiversity and Adaptation to Climate Change (BACCP I), geared towards laying the groundwork for a new, landscape-based and integrated approach to biodiversity conservation. What has become known as the "Cluster Approach" is now hoped to enable safe seasonal migration of key-wildlife species. The new BACCP II/III project under its Mongolian partner, the Ministry of Environment, aims to implement the Cluster Approach on a grand scale — equally addressing the livelihoods and access-/use rights of rural (often semi-nomadic) communities dependent on natural resources.

ECO Consult/GITEC will now continue to support implementation of BACCP I during its final stages until early 2020 and then take to phases II/III, which will be implemented for a period of seven years by a broad and inter-disciplinary team of experts led by ECO Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) Hartmut Abberger.  

BACCP I seeked to enhance the management effectiveness of protected areas in Mongolia through strategic investments in the proteced area administrations’ management capacity and infrastructure. The consortium ECO Consult/GITEC has since 2013 served as implementation consultant to the programme.

Tunisia: Consultant of ECO's proposed for Agricultural Minister

Hassen Chourabi to join the new cabinet

2020-01/ On January 2nd, Hassen Chourabi was proposed Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, of Tunisia's new government by Habib Jemli, the designated prime minister. The decision is expected to be confirmed by the Assembly of people's representatives on Friday. Mr. Chourabi had been senior expert in GIZ-PROMAP III's component 1 in Niger for the ECO Consult/AFC/IRAM consortium since early 2019. A former Director General in Tunisia's ministry, the 58-year-old agricultural engineer had already been responsible for developing and conserving the country's agricultural land. Before, the Tunisian-born father of three had coordinated ODA projects, among others for rural participatory development.

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