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ECO called by GIZ to promote sustainable value chains in the Brazilian Amazon

2021-08/ ECO Consult is going to assist the module Bioeconomy and Supply Chains of the GIZ program Protection and sustainable use of the tropical forest in the Amazon in Brazil. From September on we will provide business and organizational support to small producers and cooperatives the states of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas and Para. In all priority value chains of Brazil nut, açaí and cacao ECO Consult is able to tap synergies and outscale successful cooperation from the Green Markets and Sustainable Consumption project (more). Activities are implemented jointly with our Brazilian partner Conexsus. National executing agency is the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA).

 

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Earth Overshoot Day: In 2021 the world has eaten up one year's natural budget in only seven months

2021-07/ July 29 has marked the year's day of global resources exhaustion. The so-called "Earth Overshoot Day" was labelled by the Global Footprint Network. It marks the fictive point when mankind has used up the natural resources earth can regenerate in a year and, from then on, takes out an uncovered loan at future generations’ expense. Tentative as the mathematical modelling is it still serves the aim to make the limitation of global biocapacities more graspable. This year, the date might pass rather unnoticed, given the disruptive flood and fire disasters deplored in many local areas worldwide. In tracing those back to climate change effects we should also remember, on this day, that reducing GHG emissions alone is not a remedy.

The Global Footprint Network led by Swiss Mathis Wackernagel publish their records on a yearly basis (https://www.overshootday.org). Unsurprisingly, resources overexploitation has scaled up fairly straightforward according to their figures. The researchers' periodical approximate (re)calculations display an almost continuously increasing rally up to and over the regeneration capacity, since 1970, when the "Earth Overshoot Day" was set at December 30. This year, economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic is said to account for a stagnation on about the level of 2017. Balancing foregone immediate economic growth effects of 2020 and 2021 against these years' avoided cost of climate-related effects may be a daring but interesting enterprise. Yet while presently entire communities are still reeling from the untold devastation and the resultant death toll of this year's natural disasters the Network also reminds us that isolated climate-related interventions will in no way be sufficient to reverse the trends. The public, presently rather focused on climate-change mitigation and the reduction of GHGs, needs to be aware of the intricate interdependencies between multiple challenges – loss of biological diversity, degradation of soils and soil fertility, waning water-resources, the resultant social hardship and disruption, and population developments. As jointly attested by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change these challenges are no less significant or urgent. Efforts to address them in a more integrated and synergistic manner may also advance the climate-change agenda further, in the sense of holistic climate-change adaption. Viewed from this angle, strategic investments into integrated, multi-dimensional preservation and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystem services are likely to pay better dividends. Sectorially/thematically focused piecemeal interventions will not do the job. It is this perception that has inspired ECO Consult's advisory services from the start and that still pervades our action. For more about ECO Consult's entrepreneurial principals see above, right.

 

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