Succow receives prestigeous "DBU Honorary Award"

Federal President Joachim Gauck presents the “DBU - Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award” to Michael Succow (Photo: DBU)

The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Environmental Foundation, DBU) has chosen Em. Prof. Michael as the recipient of its “Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award”. The German Federal President Joachim Gauck presented the award endowed with 10.000 Euro at the award ceremony in Essen at 8th November.




Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck übergibt den DBU Ehrenpreis an den Naturschützer Michael Succow










Michael Succow received the award for his lifetime achievement. “Prof. Succow is an outstanding figure in nature conservation both nationally and internationally." Dr. Heinrich Bottermann, the secretary general of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), honoroured the 74 year old nature conservationist and peatland expert previously. As Deputy Minister for Environment, Nature Protection and Water Management of the GDR at the time of great political change in Germany Succow did grasp the historical chance for nature protection, Bottermann said.

At that time Michael Succow and his fellows managed to have the "Programme of National Parks" adopted in the very last concluding session of the GDR-Council of Ministers. Thus, 12,1 % of the former GDR were put under temporary and 5,5 % under permanent protection. For this coup Michael Succow received the Right Livelihood Award and used the endowment as a basis for his foundation.

In the 20 year long history of the German Environmental Award the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award was granted only five times. It was for example bestowed upon Michail Gorbatschow and Prof. Heinz Sielmann.
for further information please see our press release (German only) and the website of the German Environmental Award.


Lake Tana new UNESCO-biosphere reserve

 Lake Tana in Ethiopia is one of 20 new sites added to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.In June the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the UNESCO-programme „Man and Biosphere“ made these additions during its 26th session in Paris. The nomination of Lake Tana and surroundings is based on the „Management Plan Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve“, prepared by the Michael Succow Foundation and the NABU Germany within the joint project „For Man and Nature – Creation of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Ethiopia’s Lake Tana".
The partners also launched a new website "Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve". It provides thourough information about this region of international importance in regard to its biodiversity as well as its cultural heritage.


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Lake Tana, Africa’s highest-elevation lake covering 3000 m2 in total is the source region of the Blue Nile. It represents the most important African wintering area for the Common Crane and numerous other water birds and passerines. The region is home to hippopotamus, crocodiles, monitors, mountain python, and no less than 15 rare endemic species of fish. Ethiopian-orthodox monasteries and churches are situated on many of the lake’s 37 islands. They are surrounded by last remnants of the so-called “church forests”, viewed as sacred sites. Lacking alternative sources of income the local population has been forced to overuse Lake Tana's natural resources creating an ever-increasing pressure on the environment. The management plan therefore shows possibilities of sustainable land use and nature protection. Conflicts between current land use and protection of natural as well as cultural heritage is evident in other regions of Ethiopia, too. That's why the Michael Succow Foundation is currently preparing an "Analysis of potential for further UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Ethiopia"