Mainstreaming disaster resilience issues into the education system

Case study from seven years' cooperation in Sri Lanka

2014-03/ A compilaton of lessons learnt from the bilateral German-Srilankan "Disaster Safety Education project" is now out. The publication "Introducing Disaster Safety in the Srilankan Education system: Factors for succes" was conducted by the partnering institution, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Education (MoE), and ECO Consult on behalf of German GIZ. The case study covers seven years of project work. The project, which has been implemented by ECO from 2006, contributes is to improve the physical safety of school communities through awareness, prevention and mitigation of disaster and climate change impact. Support is provided at the national level for policy development and building capacity for key staff for curriculum development, teacher education and research. Download here (PDF, 384 KB) – see also project profile on the right.

Conservation and management of natural resources

NTFP trainings in Mongolia

2014-03/ Analysing the value chains of non-timber forest products (NTFP) is the starting point for optimising their utilization. In its trainings, ECO Consult introduces the methods and tools of such analyses. Lessons learnt are discussed on the basis of ECO's implementation experience in other intervention regions. This December, user groups in Mongolia profitted from a survey and trainings on NTFP value chain analysis. The courses were provided by Sissy Sepp and Björn Schüler.

Ecosystem-based adaptation

Training in Botsuana

2014-01/ In January, ECO Consult implemented another successful training on ecosystem-based adaptation in Gaborone, Botsuana. 16 staff of GIZ projects based in Mauritania, Burundi, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mosambique, Cameroon and Botsuana took part in the course. Participants were international experts and national staff to a roughly even share. They were accompanied by one lead trainer, co-trainer and facilitator.

Modernizing the charcoal chain in Madagascar

RVI success portrayed in "Rural 21"

2014-01/ The International Journal for Rural Development "Rural 21" covers, in its recent issue, the success of a model project of ECO Consult's in approaching issues of energy provision, livelihoods, land tenure and biodiversity conservation in an integrated way. ECO Consult managing director Dr. Steve Sepp and implementation expert Christian Adriamanantseheno describe the ecological, economic and climate relevant potential of the RVI approach in Madagascar, developed on behalf of German development cooperation.

The German-Malagasy Environmental Programme (PGM-E), components of which have been implemented by ECO since 2005, assists villages in the Northern part of the country in constituting user groups, applying for afforestation sites and organising the management of their own ("individual") wood lots. The Government is assisted in creating the legal and financial framework needed for the advancement of community/ private forest management models, including the use, transformation and marketing of wood products.

The newly created plantations ease the pressure on natural forests, which has as yet allowed an estimated 49,000 hectares of forests to be preserved. The sustainably sourced charcoal, the prodcution of which is eased by new kiln technologies, is marketed as "green charcoal" on local and town markets.

The article highlights the programme's measurable effects on land degradation, rural poverty and the establishment of a national "green energy" reserve.

Download article (Rural 21, 1/2015, vol. 48, PDF, 822 KB)

Related project

Sri Lanka:

Programme Education for Social Cohesion – Component „Disaster Safety Education" Improved curricula and training materials, new learning methods and teachers' training: In five of Sri Lanka's provinces students are better prepared for cases of emergency – thanks to a related GIZ programme implemented by ECO. More...

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