ECO-led consortium guides BACCP in Mongolia into next phase

Ecological corridors made develop to 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.

ECO Consult and GITEC-IGIP have now been entrusted to implement the Mongolian-German BACCP biodiversity conservation project for another seven years. The new BACCP II/III, tendered by KfW and the country's Ministry of Environment last autumn, is going to scale out its successful existing approach, equally addressing the livelihoods and access-/use rights of rural (often semi-nomadic) communities dependent on natural resources. To this end the consortium employs a broad and interdisciplinary team of experts led by ECO's Chief Technical Advisor on site.

In 2018/19, ECO Consult had been charged with a Project Preparation Consultancy on behalf of the Mongolian-German Financial Cooperation Project Biodiversity and Adaptation to Climate Change (BACCP I), geared towards laying the groundwork for the 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 aims to implement the Cluster Approach on a grand scale.

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.

BMZ announces special funding at Refugee Forum

16 million EUR for children's education in crisis regions

2020-01/ Germany has announced a 16 million EUR support for crisis-affected children's education in 2020. The money goes to the 'Education Cannot Wait' Fund, a special initiative for aiding crisis-effected children and youth established in 2016. It works with both non-profits and the private sector. While children obviously suffer most from war and displacement, the UNHCR had claimed to miss out on about half of the funding it would actually need this year. "Refugee policy starts in the host countries and countries of origin. There, we can support refugees much more effectively and mitigate the root causes of displacement" said head of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Minister Gerd Mueller, at the first Global Refugee Forum in Geneva this December.

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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