Client: Irish Aid
Project: Lake Hawassa Longitudinal Study

Start Date: August, 2015
Completion Date: July, 2018
The objective of the project is to contribute to poverty alleviation and resilient, sustainable livelihoods in the SNNPR and Oromia through climate-smart agricultural economic development. IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) with Echnoserve plan to conduct a longitudinal study in one part of this project in the Lake Hawassa watershed (cluster 4) with support from Irish Aid. This project aims to get better understanding of the effectiveness of dimensions of the project to support implementation, learning, and future programming and planning around what builds climate-smart outcomes and resilience.

Client: International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK
Project: Irish Aid Climate Change and Development Learning Platform/Tigray Case Study/

Start Date: November 2014
Completion Date: May 2015
The main objective of the case study was to understand the Tigray Agriculture Research Institution operational research programme and technology adoption process from perspectives of smallholder farmers and the researchers. Outputs from the learning platform included documented learning from across Ireland’s key partner countries. The platform produces at least two papers and additional documents each year. The dissemination of these papers and outputs informs international delegations to the climate negotiations; promote debate on best practice on climate change adaptation for local communities among Ireland’s partners and others; and incorporate lessons learned into future Irish aid development programming. In addition, there were documented Irish aid case studies to inform partners and the public, of Ireland’s climate change programmes and to inform public opinion on the importance of addressing climate change globally in the run up to the Paris 2015 climate summit and beyond.

Client: Agricultural Transformation Agency
Project: Recommendation for Ethiopian Agricultural Sector GHG Accounting Framework

Start Date: June 2015
Completion Date: February 2016
The objective of this study was to recommend GHG accounting framework for the agricultural sector so that Ethiopia can not only report its achievements in developing green economy but also access additional climate finance. Having a standardized and globally acceptable GHG accounting framework for the agriculture sector in Ethiopia will also help policy makers and experts develop effective policy options and interventions. One of the aims of this task was to fill the gap in developing a GHG accounting system that can be used to track GHG reductions throughout the agricultural sector and also be used as a national standard.

Client: DAI/HTSPE Ltd LIFT Programme
Project: Assessment of Constraints in Land Rental Regulatory Frame Work

Start Date: January 2016
Completion Date: June 2016
The objective of this project is to understand the limitation in the current rural land rental agreement registration framework, which resulted in low level of rental agreement formalization in Amhara and Oromia regions. The study then builds on this and aims to recommend a regulatory framework to promote formalization of rental agreements in order to make rental process attractive. This project aims to get a better understanding of what are the reasons for the low level of formalization of rental agreements and identify which changes could be introduced in the current rental regulatory frameworks of Amhara and Oromia to make the renting process less cumbersome, leading to an increase in the number of formal cash rental agreements.

Client: DAI/HTSPE Ltd LIFT Programme
Project: Raising Awareness on the Use of Land Produce as a Collateral

Start Date: January 2016
Completion Date: June 2016
The overall objective of this project is to facilitate the ground for implementing the new modality that enhances access to credit using the produce of the land as collateral and thereby promote access to credit by rural land holders in Amhara and Oromia regions. This study thus aims to identify constraints that hinder the process to apply this modality. The scope of this assignment is to increase awareness of the Environmental Protection and Land Administration and Use (EPLAU) bureaus and offices on the possibility to access credit using the produce of the land as collateral and to promote the possibility for Second Level Land Certificate holders to access credit.

Client: SNV Ethiopia
Project: National Biogas Program – User Survey

Start Date: December 2014
Completion Date: April 2015
The survey was taken by Echnoserve Consulting PLC through a contract from SNV Ethiopia for the National Biogas Program of FDRE Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy. The goal of the survey was to evaluate the effect of domestic bio-digester installations, as perceived by the user. The main objective was to identify how the users have experienced the programme activities such as promotion, construction, quality assurance, training and after-sales service and to monitor the quality of the program. The specific objectives were to survey and evaluate the quality of services rendered by the National Biogas Programme such as training, construction, quality control; carry out assessment on the operation and maintenance aspects of biogas plants, time-use, and fuel substitution condition of the users; and validate and verify multi-benefits claimed by the program.

Client: Global Green Growth Institute
Project: National Capacity Gap Assessment

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) has been tasked in developing a national Capacity Development investment Program, which will be implemented from 2016 through 2020 (in line with the second GTP period). As part of this process, the GGGI has facilitated preparation of a CRGE capacity need assessment framework and tools with the objective to oversee capacity gap assessment for the implementation of CRGE at federal, regional and woreda level for various line ministries that have direct and indirect role in the fulfilment of the CRGE vision. In this project Echnoserve consulting has been contracted, by GGGI, to undertake the capacity gap assessment work, to give technical support to sectors and to prepare final report on the assessment.

Client: Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy
Project: Baseline, Suitability and Value Chain Studies on the Bio-Fuels Development of Ethiopia

Starte Date: May, 2014
Completion Date: June, 2015
Echnoserve Consulting PLC has been contracted by the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy to prepare the necessary documents and to conduct relevant background work in which the Ministry can use in implementing the Energy program financed by the Government of Norway and to conduct relevant work on value chain and policy study that will go into the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy biofuel directorate so as to assist and promote biofuel programs and to realize the goals and targets indicated in the GTP and CRGE.

Client: Ministry of Agriculture
Project: Development of Baseline, M&E, MRV and long-term investment plan for CRGE Agriculture Fast Track

Start Date: July 2014
Completion Date: January 2016
The objective of this project was to develop agriculture sector specific M&E as well as MRV system and integrate it with the national MRV framework currently being developed by Ministry of Environment and Forest . Measuring impact of adaptation is a difficult task and unlike climate change mitigation, the success of which ultimately may be measured in terms of a single metric such as greenhouse gas emissions avoided or atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, there is no easily definable single metric for adaptation. This is due to the fact that the functions and goals of adaptation will be different in different contexts. Through design of framework as well as identification of project level indicators, this project addresses these challenges in measuring adaptation. In addition to M&E and MRV framework, the project also develops long term investment plan for piloted woredas in the project.

Client: Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity (EIB)
Project: Promoting Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Biodiversity Resources in SNNPR

Start Date: September 2013
Completion Date: August 2014
Echnoserve, through the financial assistance of Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity (EIB), is currently implementing the project in Hadya and Dawro zones of the Southern Nations Nationalities & People’s (SNNP) Regional State. With the objective to respond to the opportunities in the world of biodiversity and access to finance, taking into consideration the local environmental resources as well as promoting conservation and sustainable utilization of the genetic resources ,the project has identified potential biodiversity resources in the area which includes sustainable utilization, assessed the capacity gap of the local community, exchanged information and capacity building for managing the benefits from biodiversity and facilitated the implementation of access and benefit sharing.

Client: Ministry of Environment and Forest
Project:The National MRV System Project

This project will aim to support the establishment of an MRV system in Ethiopia. The objective of the project is to develop an MRV system with the necessary building blocks, including methods for measuring, reporting and tracking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions/enhanced sequestration in sectors and track performance towards the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy. Any MRV system will require: support in identifying the appropriate tools and methodologies applicable to specific sectors/activities; training on the use of methodologies; and collection of data and increased data availability. This project will, accordingly, support such activities in an effort to develop an MRV system that can be piloted in various sectors, industries and policies. This SCIP financed project is owned by MEF and technically advised by WRI and Echnoserve.

Client: Ministry of Environment and Forest
Project: CRGE Registry

CRGE registry is a project financed by DFID- Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP) fund, to develop a web-based application (www.ethcrge.info) for the CRGE facility. This application has public and private secure sections where the secure section will provide registered users’ access to submit the reviewed and approved project proposals and the public section will provide the public with valuable information on current CRGE and related activities. The web has already been prepared and the next step will be to provide trainings to implementing and executing entities, task forces, advisory boards, management committees and administrators.

Client: World Resources Institute
Project: Measurement & Performance Tracking, Ethiopia Project

Start Date: June 2012
Completion Date: Dec 2012
The objective of this project was to collect information to support WRI in the development of new guidelines, tools and/or case studies regarding themes related to GHG measurement and performance tracking. Echnoserve and WRI developed a set of questionnaire that was divided in several sections, National Institutions, Information Collection and National GHG Inventory Systems, Policy Accounting, International Reporting and Performance Tracking, Business, Electricity Sector, Forestry & Land Use GHG Accounting. After the questionnaire was developed, a total of 16 professionals were interviewed from the government agencies as well civil societies. After the necessary data was collected, Echnoserve prepared an extensive report containing a compiled summary of the responses obtained from the interviews.