Current fellows

Andrei Abramchuk

 

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Fellowship period

February 2019 - June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Andrei Abramchuk graduated from the Faculty of Geography of the State University of Brest in Belarus and the College of Agriculture in Warsaw (SGGW) (Poland). For his postgraduate education, he attended the Graduate School of Maria Curie Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin (Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program) and completed the scholarship program of Konstantin Kalinowski, both related to nature conservation in Poland.

 

He already worked as a scientist in the protected area "The Białowieża Forest", at the Agroecological Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and as a specialist in the biosphere reserve "Pribuzhskoye Polesye" ("Western Polesye"). He was a senior research coordinator and expert in a number of national and international conservation and environmental education projects, e.g. for the creation of protected area management plans and the development of Emerald Network sites, Ramsar areas and Important Bird Areas. Andrei is a member of the Central Council of the largest Belarusian environmental organization APB-BirdLife Belarus, chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Environment and Chairman of the Forestry Working Group of APB-BirdLife Belarus.

 

The main areas of interest of Andrei are theoretical and practical issues of nature conservation, legal aspects and international forms of conservation. His main focus is on forest ecosystems. He deals with theoretical and practical questions of the protection of forest ecosystems and species (requirements / protective regimes, monitoring, identification of habitats for species, rare and typical biotopes, etc.).

 

As part of the Marion Dönhoff scholarship program, Andrei, together with a Ukrainian colleague, wants to adapt and develop the Foundation's experience in identifying primary forests for the Belarusian Polesye. For this, he will carry out field work to test the developed methodology and pilot studies in several areas for the allocation of districts of the primary forests. On the basis of the analysis of existing environmental practice in Belarus, possible mechanisms for the protection of primary forests in Belarus should also be proposed.

Buyanjargal Batchuluun

Batchuluun Buyanjargal

 

 

Fellowship period

October 2018 - September 2019

 

 

 

 

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Buyanjargal Batchuluun is a young entomologist coming from Mongolia. She studied taxonomy and ecology of Mongolian Vespid wasp (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) in her Ph.D course in Buryat State University in Russia between 2011-2016. Now she is working as a researcher in Laboratory of Entomology of the Institute of General and Experimental Biology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences. Having ten years of working experience at the field of entomology, Buyanjargal has become a CADI fellow and she thinks this is a very good opportunity for her to investigate phytophagous beetle community associated with the saxaul tree, a native plant species in Central Asia, in Gobi desert of Mongolia. In the frame of the project, she will assess if the beetle community can be used as an indicator of the condition and health of the saxual forest ecosystem. She hopes that the result of her research will be a valuable contribution to the conservation of natural habitats and its fauna of her country.

Marina Chirikova

Marina Chirikova

 

 

Fellowship period

October 2018 - September 2019

 

 

 

 

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Marina Chirikova - herpetologist from Kazakhstan. She graduated from the Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi in 2001. From that time, she worked at the Institute of Zoology of the Republic of Kazakhstan, starting from a junior research assistant to head of the department of ornithology and herpetology. From 2005 to 2015 she was the secretary of the Scientific Authorities of CITES of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Her interest lies in the study of amphibians and reptiles of Kazakhstan: their distribution, morphological variability and systematics, as well as the influence of humans on this group of animals. She was a participant in several international projects specifically focused on studying amphibians and reptiles on the territories of the ecological crisis in Kazakhstan: the Aral Sea and the Semipalatinsk Test Site, and projects on rare and endangered species of amphibians and reptiles. Herpetofauna is the main component of the desert biocenosis. CADI Fellowship will allow her to study the biodiversity of the desert’s herpetofauna of the Southern Kazakhstan and the current state of populations of vulnerable species to develop measures for their conservation. During her internship, Marina will improve her skills in carrying out molecular-genetic analysis, and will be able to develop recommendations for conservation of reptiles in South Kazakhstan, preceded by familiarization with German experience.

Mehrnaz Haghdadi

Mehrnaz Haghdadi

 

 

Fellowship period

October 2018 - September 2019

 

 

 

 

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Mehrnaz Haghdadi has graduated with a Master degree of Rangeland management at the Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. She is working as research assistant in The National Mega Project on The Integrated Watershed Management. She is interested in studying ecosystem services and for the time being a CADI Fellow she is working on assessment and mapping of ecosystem services in Iran-Turanian region under different climate change scenarios.

Danil Utyupin

Danil Utyupin

 

 

Fellowship period

August 2018 - Dezember 2018

 

 

 

 

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Danil Utyupin is a journalist from Kazakhstan. After getting his degree in history at the Al-Farabi University, he received further education to become a journalist and worked with different media. At the moment he works at the Kazakh newspaper “Liter” where he focuses on his main topic, environment protection. During the time of his Marion Dönhoff Fellowship in Germany, he takes a closer look at the conflicts between conservation and the economics of local stakeholders using the example of Rügen, to find possible solutions for his own home country and publish them there.

Former fellows

Anna Ten

Anna Ten

 

 

Fellowship period

October 2017 - September 2018

 

 

 

 

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Anna Ten is an ornithologist coming from Uzbekistan. After doing her Bachelor in Zoology and Master in Hydrobiology at the National University of Uzbekistan, she is working in an NGO called “Uzbekistan Society for the protection of birds”. For the time being a CADI Fellow she is planning to start a survey on two rare bird species – Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) and Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus)-  in Kyzylkum desert. This Fellowship will help her to improve her skills in GIS-technologies, data analysis and writing scientific papers. At the end of the CADI Fellowship she hopes to have collected valid data on the population number of these species and main threats to them within the project area, that can be used for the protection of these species.

 

Bayartungalag Batsaikhan

Bayartungalag Batsaikhan

 

 

Fellowship period

October 2017 - September 2018

 

 

 

 

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Bayartungalag Batsaikhan is coming from Mongolia which is situated in the heart of Asia, known as the land of nomadism and the country of blue sky.

At the beginning of 2017, she received her PhD in Environmental Geochemistry at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences from Korea University. Now she is working as a full-time researcher in the Faculty of Geology and Mining Engineering at Mongolian University of Science and Technology.

She feels very lucky to be one of CADI Fellowship recipients. With this opportunity, she is conducting an important research on carbon stock assessment of a semi-arid region based on remote sensing and field measurements. Within the project, she will estimate above ground biomass using vegetation index that will be combined with multispectral data to identify carbon stock in southern Mongolia. The accuracy assessment will be validated by field observations and remote sensing & GIS data. Bayartungalag Batsaikhan believes that the results of her research will be published in international scientific journals and will attract attention from Mongolian government as well as many science groups in Mongolia.

 

Iklassov Margulan

Iklassov Margulan

 

 

Fellowship period

October 2017 - September 2018

 

 

 

 

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Iklassov Margulan is junior researcher at the Research Institute of Biology and Biotechnology Problems and the Research Institute of Ecological Problems in Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.  He graduated at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University as Master of Agricultural Sciences. At the moment he is working at the above mentioned institutions in the two projects: "Ecological-biological and molecular-genetic study of various species, subspecies and populations of Small (Meriones) and Great Gerbils (Rhombomys opimus) from different regions of Kazakhstan" and "The current state and trends of aquatic ecosystems and the fish fauna of the river Ili and the western part of Lake Balkhash".

 

Desertification is one of the most important problems for Kazakhstan, which has 80% arid and semi-arid zones on its territory. Vivid examples of desertification are the deserts and semi-deserts of southeast Kazakhstan, located in the relatively densely populated Almaty region. They are situated in the northwestern part of the region, in the Balkhash-Alakol Depression and on the foothill plain of Zhetysu Alatau, where they are used as natural pastures. The severity of the problem of desertification in this region is determined by the warming of the climate and the negative impact of anthropogenic factors. There is a significant increase in the number of livestock, which leads to an increase in pasture load and degradation of a part of desert phytocoenosis. The problem of desertification is relevant not only for zonal desert, but also for the seven-humid intrazonal floodplain and delta ecosystems of the Ile delta, which are distinguished by exceptional biodiversity. The study of the desertification of the ecosystems in the region and the development of measures to contain them has a great economic and environmental significance.

 

 

Elena Leonovich

Elena Leonovich

 

 

Fellowship period

Juli - November 2017

 

 

 

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Elena Leonovich is a new fellow at the Michael Succow Foundation in the peatland working group. She graduated from the Faculty of Mining and Environmental Engineering of the Belarusian National University of the Republic of Belarus in 2015. She is working as a junior researcher for the Institute of Nature Management of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in the biogeochemistry and agroecology laboratory. The purpose of investigation at the Michael Succow Foundation within the Marion Dönhoff program is studying of estimating the balance of greenhouse gases from peatlands

 

Nadzeya Liashchynskaya

Nadzeya Liashchynskaya

 

 

Fellowship period

August - December 2017

 

 

 

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Nadzeya Liashchynskaya studied biology at Belarusian State University, before starting working at the BMU/KfW Climate & Biodiversity Project in 2009 as a vegetation & monitoring specialist. During her work at the Project she developed a deep professional interest in peatland ecology. Having eight years of experience in the area of peatland restoration and conservation Nadzeya has become a Marion Dönhoff Fellow and will be working on finalisation of a Monitoring report for rewetted peatland sites (years after rewetting) in Belarus under preparation for accrediting carbon credits following the VCS/CCBA Methodology (see information above). The report will be published within the VCS/CCBA program and will be available online under http://www.v-c-s.org/. Furthermore, Nadzeya will support the finalisation of the first VCS/CCBA Project Document (PD) in Belarus.

 

Keti Jibladze

Keti Jibladze

 

 

Fellowship period

December 2016

 

 

 

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Born in 1988, Keti Jibladze studied journalism at Tbilisi State University, before starting working at the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) in 2010, a non-governmental organization established by the governments of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the European Union in 2000 with head office in Tbilisi (Georgia) to assist in solving regional environmental problems in the countries of the South Caucasus. During her studies Keti has developed a deep professional interest in environmental protection, which has shaped her subsequent career. Her interest was driven by witnessing significant deterioration of environment in Georgia, including deforestation, water shortage, land degradation and pollution, all of which have largely been byproducts of the rapid economic growth and industrialization. This has motivated her to invest all her efforts in helping community to protect the environment they live in. Having six years of experience working at the REC Caucasus, Keti has become a Marion Dönhoff Fellow and will be working on identification of bottlenecks and impediments of biosphere reserve model implementation in Kakheti region, Georgia. Furthermore, Keti will develop specific recommendations for the biosphere reserve concept realization, preceded by familiarization with German experience, field investigation and interviews with Succow Foundation experts, representatives of operating biosphere reserve in Germany and other relevant stakeholders.

 

Marina Abramchuk

Marina Abramchuk

 

 

Fellowship period

December 2016

 

 

 

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Marina Abramchuk graduated with a Master in Environmental Management from Warsaw University. Her thesis focused on influence of large tracked mowers, applied for conservation of Aquatic Warbler habitat, on vegetation structure and functional plant diversity of fens. Marina has been a member of APB-Birdlife Belarus for 12 years. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow she is pursuing her research on management of fen as habitat of globally threatened Aquatic Warbler in Germany and Belarus and potential conflicts in nature conservation.

 

Davlat Rasulov

Davlat Rasulov

 

 

Fellowship period:

September 2016 and October 2016

 

 

 

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Davlat is a master student of faculty of Biology at Samarkand State University in Uzbekistan. His title of master thesis Qualitative and quantitative assessment of rangeland restoration extent in sandy deserts of Uzbekistan (case study in Surkhandarya province). He wants to use GIS and RS opportunities in his research. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow he is focusing on studying GIS, RS and on statistical analysis.

 

Dilfuza Yuldasheva

Dilfuza Yuldasheva

 

 

Fellowship period:

July 2016 till December 2016

 

 

 

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Dilfuza is a master degree student of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development in Germany. She is doing her internship in implementing MARISCO (Adaptive Management of vulnerability and Risk at Conservation sites) methodology in Uzbekistan. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow she is focusing on communication and environmental education of Lower Amudarya Biosphere reserve with a help of Khorezm Rural Advisory Support Service (KRASS

 

Anatoliy Smaliychuk

Anatoliy Smaliychuk

 

 

Fellowship period:

March 2016 till August 2016

 

 

 

 

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Anatoliy is an assistance professor at the Geography Department Ivan Franko University of Lviv in Ukraine. In his PhD research he investigated recent land use change in Ukrainian Carpathians in relation to natural landscape, infrastructure facilities and ecological connectivity. His present research interests include land use change mapping and analysis, statistical modelling, application of GIS and remote sensing in landscape ecology. At Michael Succow Foundation he will collaborate with different research groups in order to implement GIS application in present and future research projects.

 

Oleg Savitsky

Oleg Savitsky

 

 

Fellowship period:

March 2016 till August 2016

 

 

 

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Oleg is climate and energy policy expert working with international environmental networks such as Climate Action Network and CEE Bankwatch network. Oleg has graduated with a Master’s degree in electronic engineering from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. He is an active member of Ukrainian environmental group National ecological center of Ukraine (NECU) and co-founder of Ukrainian Youth Climate Association (UYCA). He is focusing on climate change mitigation and pollution reduction through fossil fuel divestment, decarbonization of energy sector and transition to renewable energy sources. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow he is doing research on Energiewende – energy transition policies in Germany, mapping pathways for transition to sustainable energy future in Ukraine.

 

Fatemeh Ahmadi Kamali

Fatemeh Ahmadi Kamali

 

 

Fellowship period:

January 2015 to January 2016

 

Title of the fellow's work:

Comparison of Biosphere reserves governance and management in Iran and Germany

 

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Fatemeh graduated with a Master in Environmental Management of the University Kebangsaan in Malaysia. She also is an active member of the NGO and environmental organisation CENESTA in Iran. She is focussing on nature protection through environmental awareness campaigns and other activities in cooperation with indigenous people and traditional communities. an internship at the Michael Succow Foundation in 2012 raised her interest in the management of biosphere reserves. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow she is now working on a scientific comparison of biosphere reserves in Germany and Iran.

 

Parham Dibadj

Parham Dibadj

 

 

Fellowship period:

November 2015

 

 

 

 

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Parham Dibadj holds a Master of Biodiversity engineering at the Research and Sience University of Tehran Azad University. For the last fifteen years he has been engaged in wildlife conservation in Iran as an activist and filmmaker. He established the NGO Echo of Persia Wildlife Foundation, produced over ten wildlife documentaries and just recently received the "Protector of the Land"-award from the Iranian government. As a fellow of the Michael Succow Foundation Parham is contributing ideas on wildlife conservation to the foundation's future engagements in Iran.

 

Agnesa Karapetyan

Agnesa Karapetyan

 

 

Fellowship period:

January to May 2015

 

Title of the fellow's work:

Private protected areas in post-Soviet countries: Comparative Study of an Armenian model.

 

 

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Agnesa Karapetyan is working as a project manager in the Armenian "Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets" in Jerevan. She is responsible for leading projects on regional development, water management, renewable energy, sustainable biodiversity management, nature protection and environmental education funded by international donors such as EU and USAID. She is holding two masters degrees: one in European Studies of the University of Wuppertal and the another in "Conflict and Development" of the University of Basel. Her research focuses on regional development and nature conservation.

 

Elshan Nuriyev

Elshan Nuriyev

 

 

Fellowship period:

February to March 2015; May to July 2015

 

Title of the fellow's work:

Potential zones for biosphere reserves in the Republic of Azerbaija and their possible impact on the sustainable development process.

 
 

 

 

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Elshan Nuriyev is a postgraduate scientist at the "Institute of Soil and Agriculture at the National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan" mainly focusing on ecotourism in national parks. He now continues to study international (mainly German) experience on biosphere reserves and their impact on a sustainable development process.
Elshan Nuriyev is also active in civil society networks and the founder of the environmental organisation “Nature Friends”. The organisation managed to mobilise enthusiastic bikers and environmentalists and thus to increase the environmental awareness and responsibility of citizens in Azerbaijan.

 

Alisher Shablodov

Alisher Shablodov

 

 

Fellowship period:

October to December 2014, April to June 2015

 

Title of the fellow's work:

Potentials and constraints of a Common Pool Resource Management (CPRM) for sustainable water governance in a mountain irrigation system of the Tajik Pamirs

 

 

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Being a research fellow of the Mountain Societies Research Institute of the University of Central Asia, Alisher Shablodov is doing a PhD at the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern in Switzerland. With his MSc degree in Built Environment, specialised in Land Management from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden, his main interest is in governance of natural resources with a special focus on land and water. During the fellowship Alisher will be working on assessing the potentials and limitations of collective action institutions for sustainable water governance in a mountain irrigation system of the Tajik Pamirs.

 

Svetlana Tsymlyakova

Svetlana Tsymlyakova

 

 

Fellowship period:

July to September 2014

 

Title of the fellow's work:

Generating carbon credits from the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from rewetting of drained peatlands in Tver region

 

 

 

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Svetlana Tsymlyakova is geo-engineer and lecturer focusing on peatlands at Tver Technical University. During the Marion Dönhoff Fellowship she explores the opportunities to generate carbon credits from the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from rewetting of drained peatlands in Tver region, European Russia.

She attended several conferences, trainings and seminars on rewetting and sustainable utilization of peatlands in Germany which have been organized within the project “Restoring Peatlands in Russia – for fire prevention and climate change mitigation”. By attending these events she got profound insight into different aspect of rewetting and found her interest in deepen her knowledge on greenhouse gas emission reduction from peatland rewetting and on the possibilities to account for them on the voluntary carbon market.

 

Stacey Wilenkin

Stacey Wilenkin

 

 

Fellowship period:

September 2014 to February 2015

 

Title of the fellow's work:

Implementation of Response Measures for Economies In Transition and Mountain-Landlocked Developing Countries

 

 

 

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Stacey Wilenkin is a postgraduate environmental scientist, who had previously been active in civil society networks as regional coordinator for youth and gender. Her work lists projects in academia development, rural expeditions, collaborations with business and government, as well as in awareness raising on climate adaptation and sustainability. She focusses her fellowship research for a working paper on implementation of Response Measures for Economies In Transition and Mountain-Landlocked Developing Countries. Stacey grew up trilingual in East Berlin, being born in 1987 as Russian citizen.

 

 

Komila Nabiyeva

Komila Nabiyeva

 

 

Fellowship period:

April to August 2014

 

Title of the fellow's work:

German Energy Development Cooperation with Central Asia

 

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Komila Nabiyeva from Uzbekistan completed the Master programme “European Studies” at the Jagiellonian University of Kraków, Poland. Today she works as a freelance journalist, reporting on environmental, climate and development issues. During the Marion Dönhoff Fellowship she explores the perspectives of renewable energy sources in Central Asia. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year and a favourable geographic location, the region has a high potential for the development of renewables. Yet, necessary policy frameworks for larger investments into this sector are lacking. Komila Nabiyeva also analyses the role of Germany given its pioneering switch from fossil fuels to renewables, the so called Energiewende. She develops proposals for an appropriate development cooperation between the German government and Central Asian countries, which could foster their energy transition.

Aiman Imentai

Aiman Imentai

 

 

Fellowship period:

April to July 2014

 

Title of the fellow's work:

Water management in the Ili-Balkhash Basin and its impact on flora and fauna

 

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In her work Aiman Imentai focuses on the anthropogenic impact on freshwater. The Kazakh hydrobiologist from the Zoological Institute of the Kazakh National University is involved into related research since 2009. Besides she is volunteering for the designation of Kazakh Biosphere Reserves under the UNESCO’s “Man and Biosphere” programme. Between October 2012 and February 2013 Aiman Imentai spent a study visit at the University of Greifswald within the university cooperation programme CABNET. The Marion Dönhoff Fellowship now gives her the opportunity to use the good contacts already made to develop her research focus. Aiman Imentai examines the water management in the Ili-Balkhash Basin and its impact on flora and fauna in consideration of recent agreements regarding its transboundary tributaries between China and Kazakhstan. The Balkhash is located in a drainless depression and is, with an area of circa 18,000 km², Central Asia’s largest lake. However, increasing water withdrawal from its tributaries induced a severe decrease of the lake’s water body.

Elina Aibova

Elina Aibova

 

 

Fellowship period:

December 2013 to February 2014

 

Title of the fellow's work:

First Steps Towards a Climate Protection Concept for the City of Almaty

 

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After completing study programmes in Almaty/Kazakhstan and Mainz/Germany, the Kazakh economist Elina Aibova now works as head of the marketing department of the German-Kazakh University in Almaty. Her main work areas are project management (business development and marketing), change management, corporate financing and personnel management. In the wake of first ideas towards a more climate-friendly orientation of the university, Elina Aibova decides to further elaborate this topic both on university level and city level. Her project “First Steps Towards a Climate Protection Concept for the City of Almaty” showed opportunities to reduce Almaty’s CO2 emissions. Furthermore, she developed ideas to increase awareness and responsibility of the city’s population with regard to climate protection. Examples of climate protection concepts of German cities or specific campaigns, such as the car-free-day, provided impulses and ideas for the work on her topic.