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ECODIT Awarded USAID/CAR Energy Links Project: 17/10/2014
USAID recently awarded ECODIT a five-year contract for the Central Asian Republics (CAR) Energy Links project, to increase national energy security across the Central Asia region, defined as Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The project’s four anticipated outcomes are: (1) increased transparent intra- and inter-regional energy trade; (2) Improved legal and regulatory framework and investment climate for the countries’ energy sectors; (3) improved corporate governance, operations, and commercialization of the energy companies; and (4) improved energy efficiency and demand side management.

In line with its focus on local solutions and high-impact partnerships, ECODIT will work with two regional organizations, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Central Asian Regional Environmental Centre (CAREC), as well as three leading international firms - Deloitte, Pierce Atwood and ICF International - to achieve project outcomes and advance Central Asia’s energy security.
ECODIT Awarded USAID Making Cities Work IDIQ : 08/10/2014
ECODIT is one of the small business holders of the newly awarded USAID Making Cities Work (formerly called HABITAT) IDIQ, a five-year contract with a combined ceiling of $650 Million. Making Cities Work will provide USAID Washington and its missions with access to short- and long-term technical services, training, and capacity building, in support of the Agency’s Policy on Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World.

Making Cities Work will cover technical interventions that aim to improve urban and local governance across the following five functional areas: (1) Public service delivery with an emphasis on transportation, water and sanitation;(2) autonomy, transparency, responsiveness and accountability of urban and local governments; (3) enhanced ability to adapt to climate change and improve environmental management; (4) improved disaster preparedness, response and recovery; and (5) improved urban and local government finance, creditworthiness and borrowing. Under the Making Cities Work IDIQ, all task orders under $1 Million will be reserved for small business holders of the IDIQ, and task orders of any size may also be set aside for small businesses under the small business exception.
ECODIT Receives Clean Energy Award from USAID/DRC : 05/09/2014
This September ECODIT will begin implementing a two-year Task Order awarded by the USAID/ Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Mission under the Clean Energy IDIQ. Under this Task Order, ECODIT will provide a Senior Energy Advisor to the Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to provide high-level advice, technical assistance, and policy support to key Government of DRC (GDRC) counterparts, including the PMO and existing advisors; the Ministry of Energy and Water; the Ministry of Portfolio; the state-owned utility, Societé Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL); and the “delivery unit” for the government’s flagship Inga 3 Hydropower Project, the Comité de Gestion de Inga 3 (CGI3). The technical foci of this task order will include (1) the Inga 3 BC Hydropower Project; (2) power sector legal and regulatory frameworks; (3) reform of SNEL; (4) generation, transmission and distribution concessions; and (5) electrification via grid extension and mini grids.

This Task order is ECODIT’s first award under the Clean Energy for non-Critical Priority Countries (non-CPCs) IDIQ, a $350M ceiling multiple-award contract to provide technical assistance services in the energy sector including those that seek to address climate change, energy sector governance and reform, energy poverty, and energy security.
ECODIT to Conduct ETOA in Rwanda: 05/09/2014
USAID/Rwanda has just awarded ECODIT a Task Order to conduct an Environmental Threats and Opportunities Assessment (ETOA) in Rwanda. The assessment will provide a first level of analysis regarding the environmental impacts of USAID/Rwanda’s proposed activities under its recently published Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). The assessment will identify important issues with respect to environmental conditions and threats that USAID/Rwanda must consider as it implements its CDCS and also will include assessments on climate change vulnerability and on the quality of the Government of Rwanda’s environmental systems, including enforcement.
The Rwanda ETOA is ECODIT’s first Task Order under the USAID REPLACE IDIQ, a five-year $700M-ceiling multiple-award contract to provide a range of technical services in support of integrated landscape and seascape approaches to address environment, governance and economic growth components necessary for sustainable natural resources management.
ECODIT Awarded USAID WADI Contract: 05/09/2014
ECODIT is one of six firms just awarded the USAID Water and Development IDIQ (WADI), a framework contract with a combined ceiling of $1 billion over five years. WADI serves as the central contracting mechanism in support of the Agency’s Water and Development Strategy, providing USAID bureaus and missions with access to a wide range of services to support sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for improved health, and to advance water resource management for enhanced food security.

WADI encompasses several cross-cutting services that can be applied to a combination of technical interventions related to water under the following broad categories: water resources management; WASH; agriculture and food security; coastal management; environment; economic growth and energy; democracy and governance; innovation, research and monitoring and evaluation (M&E); knowledge management (KM), cooperation and coordination; as well as engineering services and commodity / equipment procurement and installation. All Task Orders (TOs) less than or equal to $3 million, as well as TOs predominantly in the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Knowledge Management (KM) service areas, are reserved for small business holders of the IDIQ, including ECODIT.
ECODIT Receives Award of USAID REPLACE IDIQ: 11/02/2014
ECODIT received a small-business award of the Restoring the Environment through Prosperity, Livelihoods, and Conserving Ecosystems (REPLACE) IDIQ, a five-year $700M-ceiling multiple-award contract to provide a range of technical services to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and host-country partners in support of integrated landscape and seascape approaches to addressing the environment, governance and economic growth components necessary for sustainable natural resources management.

Under the REPLACE IDIQ, ECODIT and its subcontractors may provide such technical services as developing appropriate activities to mitigate key threats to biodiversity; creating enabling environments for sustainable forest management; incorporating climate change into USAID mission programs; establishing programs to manage ecosystem services; developing sustainable tourism businesses and products; expanding environmental and natural resource-based enterprises; broadening payment for ecosystem services options; facilitating innovative financing approaches; instituting governance and policy reform to secure equitable rights to natural resources; and reducing and mitigating natural resource-based conflict.

“As a firm with proven experience in applying the “Nature, Wealth, and Power” (NWP) framework to support USAID’s natural resource management programs, we are very excited about the opportunity to continue to contribute to Agency successes in this field,” said ECODIT President Joseph Karam.
Shobak Wastewater Treatment Plant Inauguration: August 9, 2010
The Shobak Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was inaugurated on August 9th, 2010 by H.E. the Jordanian Minister of Water & Irrigation, Eng. Mohammad Al-Najjar and the USAID-Jordan Mission Director, Mr. Jay Knott. This low-tech. WWTP is designed to receive on average 350 m3/d of wastewater (septage) from cesspits brought in by tanker trucks, and will serve the Municipality of Shobak and neighboring municipalities (particularly Qadissiyeh and Husseiniyeh) - benefiting around 30,000 people. In addition to protecting precious water resources, the WWTP will achieve savings estimated at USD 100,000 from reduced septage transport costs. It is the first of two WWTPs to be constructed under the USAID-Funded Wastewater Treatment Facilities for Small Communities in Jordan. ECODIT is the lead implementing consultant for this activity under a sub-contract with IRG. This is also the first WWTP to be operated and maintained by a municipality in Jordan, and is considered a great step in the direction of “decentralization”; the result of two years of negotiation efforts lead by ECODIT, which culminated in the signing of a 20-year agreement between the Ministry and the Shobak Municipality. ECODIT will also support the municipality during the first year of operation and maintenance.
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SOER Contract Award: July 23, 2010
Lebanon 2010 State of the Environment Report.

ECODIT Liban signed a contract with UNDP to prepare the third edition of the Lebanon 2010 State of the Environment Report (SOER). ECODIT had prepared the second edition in 2002 and also contributed to the preparation of the Bahrain Environment Outlook report (2009) and GEO4, the Global Environment Outlook report published by UNEP. ECODIT will produce the report in English, Arabic, and French and the contrat period is eight months. Stay tuned!
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Marine Ecotourism in Lebanon: 01/07/2010
Ministry of Environment in Lebanon Launches a Marine Ecotourism Initiative in Dbayeh
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PAP Shares Successes at Closing Workshop: 01/10/2014
The USAID-funded Public Action for Water, Energy and Environment Project (PAP) held its closing workshop on September 11, 2014, capping off five years of work supporting conservation efforts in Jordan. PAP focused on changing the behavior of Jordanians (with a focus on youth) in terms of water and energy use (and solid waste management) by using social marketing tools and campaigns.

USAID Jordan Mission Director Beth Paige welcomed the dozens of attendees, who represented PAP’s partners, non-government organizations, donors, and government bodies.

The presentations highlighted PAP’s achievements, including: Creation of over 15,000 Youth Environmental Advocates through the Elak Maslaha campaign; Production of 42 short comedic films, targeted at 18-35 year olds and promoting household and water conservation; Publication of twelve children’s books related to water, energy, and environment in Jordan; Training of some 240 youth as Young Water Reporters so that they can report on water- related issues in Jordan; Launch of the “I Am Change” water and energy exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Jordan; Development of Recommended Management Practices in energy use for hotels in Jordan; and Improvement of customer service at Miyahuna, a water utility.

For more information on PAP, please see www.jordanpap.com or https://www.facebook.com/PAP4WEE
PAP Highlights Social Impact of Water Scarcity : 15/03/2012
As part of ECODIT's USAID funded Public Action for Water, Energy, and Environment Project (PAP), Jordanian bloggers, film-makers, radio hosts, and university environmental club members have set out to document the effects of water scarcity in rural communities. Participants interviewed residents in two of the communities most impacted by dwindling water resources, and they will work to develop stories through various articles, blogs, and videos which will be shared across social media outlets in conjunction with World Water Day events on March 22, 2012.
Among the poorest countries in terms of water availability, Jordan’s water crisis has been further exacerbated in recent years and will continue to grow as a result of climate change, population growth, and increased water demand. In some areas, overpumping of aquifers has led to dried up springs, requiring communities to adapt to limited resources or relocate. This projects aims to create a public dialogue on the impacts of water scarcity on Jordan’s communities and what measures may be taken to ensure a prosperous future.
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PAP Supports New Museum Exhibit: 12/01/2012
ECODIT's USAID funded Public Action for Water, Energy, and Environment Project (PAP) signed a $1.4 million agreement with Roto Studio for the concept, design, and construction of a permanent exhibit at the Children’s Museum Jordan. This interactive exhibit will highlight issues related to the water and energy crises facing Jordan, and will focus specifically on water and energy use in the home and how individual behaviors impact local communities and Jordan as a whole.
This exhibit serves to challenge children’s misconceptions about water and energy in Jordan, heighten awareness of Jordan’s critical water and energy situation, and display the consequences of immediate actions on the future of Jordan’s environment. Its aim is that children will not only learn from the exhibit, but will become agents of change in their communities, advocating for the efficient use of energy, reduced water consumption, and concern for the environment.
Roto Studio’s winning concept utilizes a place-based learning model, which emphasizes the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a particular place. This design concept will allow children to explore their own communities, to stimulate their inventiveness and curiosity, and help mold them into the environmentally-conscious citizens that Jordan’s future will need.
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PAP National Communication Strategy launched!:
On February 1, 2011, ECODIT's USAID funded Public Action for Water, Energy, and Environment project (PAP) presented a Communication Strategy for achieving Behavioral and Policy changes in the Water, Energy, and Solid Waste Sectors. The strategy outlines the most important behaviors that need to be changed by citizens, policy-makers and the private sector if Jordanians are to continue living comfortable and productive lives.

Jordanians are beginning to feel the devastating and tangible effects of the country’s impending resource crisis. This past summer Jordanians faced power cuts as the country sweltered under severe heat waves; this coming summer the consequences of the driest winter the country has faced in 12 years means more water shortages. “We all need to examine our behavior and adapt to accommodate the reality of our dire water situation, limited energy resources, and the storage and contamination problems presented by increasing amounts of waste that our society produces. Many people don’t know how. This Strategy document uses communication and social marketing to show people how we can achieve greater efficiency in our use of these resources" says Mona Grieser, PAP's Senior Social Marketing and Communication expert.

The Strategy is the result of significant research and participatory discussions with over 280 concerned individuals representing NGOs, Government, the private sector and industry. It is a people-centered approach that first looks at the needs of Jordanian citizens. The Chief of Party for PAP, Dr. Amer Jabarin explains, “Other countries with a great deal more water and energy than Jordan are already taking steps to address such environmental concerns as global warming and climate change with communication programs to inform and educate their citizens. Jordanian decision-makers should take note.” He adds, “The assumption underlying this Communication Strategy is that Jordanian institutions should employ systematic behavior change methodologies such as social marketing, to achieve national conservation and efficiency goals; we’ve looked ten and fifteen years into the future and tried to estimate what our needs would be as we grow and evolve as a country. If we plan now, we’ll not be unpleasantly surprised in the future”.

Session attendees, and future partners’ for the Public Action Program, come from civil society bodies, service utilities, government agencies and agencies that de-facto regulate water and energy use such as the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, the Engineering Association, and Municipalities, and other donor projects. While many competent organizations exist among these potential partners, PAP is proposing within the strategy, a capacity building component to support the long-term communications and social marketing professionalization of those working at such agencies through training, guided practice and establishment of a Social Marketing Diploma Program.
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Prix Charles Chikhani: February 2008
ECODIT Receives "Prix Charles Chikhani de l'Innovation" 2008

ECODIT was awarded the Charles Chikhani Award for Innovation (category "Society") for its work on the Lebanon Mountain Trail. The Charles Chikhani Foundation organizes this annual competition to recognize and celebrate innovations in Lebanon in several disciplines. The LMT, including its guesthouses, printed material, and theme trails, were recognized as the most innovative project in 2008. For more information about the LMT, visit www.lebanontrail.org.
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