ECODYM AFRICA SERVICES

Ecodym Africa services are bound into three divisions as follows:

ECONS - Ecodym Consultancy Services.
ERRIC – Ecodym Research and Results Implementation Center.
ECFS - Ecodym Center for Field Studies.

 

These divisions can be described as follows:

ECONS is the commercial division of Ecodym Africa. Services rendered in this division are on consultancy terms. The division competes with other consultancy firms in the provision of consultancy services in environmental impacts assessment, environmental audit, baseline surveys, project feasibility studies and other environmental consultancies for a fee and full recovery of project operations. We conduct Strategic Environmental and Social (SESA) assessment to the projects that require this analysis. These services are based in Nairobi and undertake consultancies all over the country and beyond. Our recent work in this division include:

  • Conducting a mid term project evaluation for the African Eco Labeling Mechanism for GIZ.
  • A study on the climate change mitigation and adaptations potential under the African Eco labeling Mechanism for UNEP.
  • An EIA study for Sequential Aerosol Technique (SAT) applications in Meru Conservation Area (MCA) for the government of Kenya and African Development Bank (ADB).
  • Developing a feasibility study for bee keeping in South Sudan.

ERRIC is purely a not-for profit division. However all operations are on full cost recovery including time for consultants, project administrative staff, and all other operation costs related to the delivery of outputs in each particular project. Most of researches carried out in this division are donor funded and are aimed at advancing knowledge in specific areas of research. Staff / consultants in the division develop proposals mainly in partnership with other researchers in other institutions and seek for funding from donor organizations. The division takes a lead in identifying research findings that can be utilized to address some of the social and economic developments including environmental degradation. These include knowledge on how to use herbal products in the management human health and agricultural productivity through bio prospecting and administration of herbal medicine formulation and production of herbal based products for soil fertility management. Some of the recent work in this division includes:

  • Analysis of how climate change affects tsetse distribution in Kenya and how the knowledge on the changes in the distribution of tsetse habitats can be used to benefit the control of trypanosomiasis.
  • An analysis of how climate change is affecting farmers and how the farmers are adjusting their activities to cope with the impacts of climate variability.

ECFS is the Ecodym Africa’s division that supports field studies for researchers, students and other organizations that require field observations, measurements and assessments for their projects. ECFS is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya at the frontiers of mountain and lowland ecosystems where tropical highland; savannah landscapes meet and showcase the interplay of livelihood strategies of different land use practices: like cash cropping, subsistence farming; crop livestock farming, pastoralism, wildlife conservation in an altitudinal transect spanning over 300 km from the moorland of Mt. Kenya at 15,000 ft above sea level to Meru National park, Kora National Park, and Bisanadi National Reserve about 660 ft above sea level through Nyambene hills rising to 8,000 ft and with a large diversity of land uses, socioeconomic settings, human ecology, and livelihood strategies.

The center is designed to attract organized university groups for programmed course of work that earns a certificate of training in various aspects like land use, social anthropology, wildlife conservation, agricultural economics, savannah and tropical mountain ecology etc.

BRIEF EXPLANATION OF SERVICES