Brand new and all about Europe’s peatlands

After more than 25 years of preparation, the long expected book Mires and peatlands of Europe is now available. This book provides – for the first time in history – a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of mires and peatlands in biogeographic Europe. Written by 134 authors, the book describes mire and peatland types, terms, extent, distribution, use, conservation, and restoration individually for each country and integrated for the entire continent. Of course, peatland experts of the Michael Succow Foundation are among the authors. Complemented by a multitude of maps and photographs, the book offers an impressive and colourful journey, full of surprising historical context and fascinating details, while appreciating the core principles and unifying concepts of mire science. The publication of this book was coordinated for the International Mire Conservation Group by the Greifswald Mire Centre. The publication was co-sponsored by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University Museum, Trondheim, Norway.


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.