Focus on South Caucasian ecosystem services

ECO training in Georgia

2015-09/ Integration of ecosystem services in development planning was at the core of a training delivered by ECO to members of GIZ project teams in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The training in Kachreti, Georgia, was commissioned by German technical cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of their regional programme „Sustainable Management of Biodiversity in the South Caucasus". It was run jointly with colleagues of the GIZ's ValuES programme. In view of a new project „Integrated Management of Biodiversity in the South Caucasus" shortly to commence, the participants familiarized themselves with methods and instruments for analysing, assessing and communicating ecosystem services and how to apply them in their given regional context.

New training successfully started

All the basics in biodiversity conservation

2015-09/ To raise awareness and knowledge about biodiversity conservation ECO Consult has conceived an innovative introductory course, as stimulated and commissioned by GIZ's Sector Network Rural Development, Asia, and Implementation of the CBD Programme. It touches on all fundamental issues of protected area management and PA governance, sustainable use, ABS, NBSAPs and financing instruments. The concept has consciously borrowed from the lessons and methodology of the long established Island of Vilm workshop series under the aegis of BfN and GIZ. A pioneer course was now delivered with much success in Bangkok, for 22 international participants from South Asian countries.

ECO assists Mexico's national protected area administration

Spreading the word of ecosystem services

2015-08/ ECO Consult has received a call to implement the communication component of the project "Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Federal Nature Reserves of Mexico – an innovative financing approach for the protection of biodiversity and climate“. The programme, aligned with the German International Climate Initiative IKI (BMU) seeks to strenghten Mexico's protected areas and thereby create momentum for climate change mitigation. In cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature's Mexican unit ECO is going to accompany the efforts of CONANP, the country's national protected area administration, to get people aware of the values protected areas generate in terms of their ecosystem services.

Years of solid biomass advocation honoured

ECO co-authored publication wins prize

2015-08/ A paper co-authored by ECO Consult’s managing director Dr. Steve Sepp has now been awarded the prestigious Amulya K.N. Reddy Prize by the International Energy Initiative (IEI). The publication, drawing on years of hands-on experience and applied research, pleads a very strong case for sustainably produced and climate-friendly wood energy as a core pillar in the future energy mix of sub-Saharan African countries. Written in 2012, it pioneered, as it were, a trend that is now finally gaining more attention in the international development policy community. Matthew Owen, Robert van der Plas, Steve Sepp: “Can there be energy policy in Sub-Saharan Africa without biomass?” – Energy for Sustainable Development 17 (2) (April 2013), pp. 146-52

Mauritania: Videos released on YouTube

Project wraps up its work for web users

2015-07/ Using online channels is part of the extensive public relations activities of the "Education and Training of Decentralisation Agents" project in Mauritania. The project, implemented by ECO Consult and IRAM has now released three films on YouTube (10:29, 7:13, 4.04 – [;;]

The videos document project activities and show excerpts of local media coverage. German Cooperation is represented, among others, by GIZ Country Director Claudia Hermes. Interesting for funders and third parties, the films also contribute to shaping a more citizen-friendly and transparent political culture of the public service – one of the project's ultimate goals. Other public relations tools disseminated are posters, postcards and an interactive map of administrative units. 

The EU co-supported bilateral project "Education and Training of Decentralisation Agents", part of the bilateral German-Mauritanian Good Governance Programme, commenced in 2012, with the consortium of ECO Consult/IRAM in charge. It assists 100 communities in the intervention area in capacitating their mayors, council members and administrative staff to assume their extended tasks in the wake of the country's decentralisation reform. The project will be able to continue its communication strategy with an extended team and specially devoted funds, over the next two years.

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