Technicians profit from new training material co-developed by ECO (contd. from page 1)

"Awareness-raising medium to develop conviction, ownership and sustainability activities"

2020-10/ While two of the manuals are in French only (as yet), the "Boîte à images" is also available in Kirundi. It contains photos and drawings that illustrate the subject, on one page, together with a Q&A and a quintessential message on the back. To enter into a discussion facilitators can present the drawings to participants in the field or in plenary and ask for their experience. The information on the back helps them to propose hints and clues on the spot, in a language that the participants easily understand. Farmers can so analyse their situation and think over adapting their practices. Each topic ends with a reference to a file on the same subject of the Compendium of Technical Data Sheets ("Fiches techniques"), which presents adaptation measures grouped into "framework conditions", "technical measures" and "capacity development and research" in more detail. Thanks to the modular composition technicians can freely select topics dependent on the circumstances and situation and combine them in a flexible, needs-responding way. Many of the topics also touch on community and health in rural areas. With the training package that was copyedited and layoutted by ECO, the authors, among them ECO Consult's Michel Midré, Lisa Kirtz, and former ECO colleague Barbara Fröde-Thierfelder, have elaborated a truly "awareness-raising medium to develop conviction, ownership and sustainability activities". A training of trainers end of this month helps familiarise agricultural extentionists with the material.

The project "Sustainable management of water and land for food security in regions at risk of disaster" (ACCES+) cooperates with the Burundian Office for Environmental Protection. To secure food provision in the wake of aggravating climate impacts it works to reduce the immense pressure on arable land and to retain soil fertility. For Burundi's rural population, 90 percent of which rely on land resources and agriculture, agricultural extention is at their lifelines. ECO Consult has implemented parts of the programme since 2015. Hopes are that the joint inputs delivered will also persist after the envisaged retreat of German TC from the country.

More time for consolidation and round-ups

BACCP I implementation prolonged until 2021

2020-08/ ECO Consult will spend another year on safeguarding biological diversity and climate protection goals in Mongolia. This August the Biodiversity and Adaptation to Climate Change (BACCP) project was prolonged into 2021. The Mongolian Ministry of the Environment and Tourism (MET) has implemented the programme since 2015 with support by the Federal Republic of Germany provided through KfW Development Bank. Key tasks are sustainable livelihood promotion for rural communities, operationalisation of a national Buffer Zone Fund, and piloting of measures to improve the connectivity of designated SPAs as well as Local Protected Areas (LPA). Experience and lessons learnt from BACCP I will inform and contribute to the further implementation of BACCP II/III, equally advised by ECO.

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