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More protection for old growth forests

27. 6. 2018, 12:45 by NK

Ukrainian experts have developed a new method for defining old growth and virgin forests in the Carpathians, supported by the Succow Foundation and partners. Middle of June the Ukranian Ministery for Ecology and Natural ressources adopted it as official standard. This is considered an important step to extend the network of protected areas in Ukraine and to maintain virgin forests. So far, 100.000 hectares of forest area in Ukraine may be defined as old or virgin forests. Only half of it this area is protected as national park, biosphere reserve or nature reserve. The project ‚Identification and Protection of old forests and primeval forests in the Ukrainian Carpatian mountains‘ of the Succow Foundation and its partners is aiming at further and extended protection. The Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Savety the project's donour, has just extended the project for another eight months.

 

Now in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian

27. 6. 2018, 09:29 by NK

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Leaflets on paludiculture are now available for download in Estonian, Lithuanian as well as in Latvian - here separately on paludiculture on bogs and on paludiculture on fens. The information material, originally edited by the Succow Foundation and the Greifswald Mire Centre, was translated by Baltic partners within the project Paludiculture in the Baltics - Potential and Capacities for climate protection through productive use of rewetted peatlands which is financed within the European Climate Initiative.
The project analyses whether drained peatland areas in the Baltic states can be rewetted and sustainably used, and - if so - which ones. These measures could effectively reduce CO2-emissions, create altenative sources of income and conserve peatlands as habitat for highly specialised species. The leaflets have already been presented to ministries, organisations and research institutions of all Baltic states and were met with great interest.

 

Kick-off for IKI-Project at Amudarya

15. 6. 2018, 11:25 by NK

It took about six years to negotiate the framework for the implementation of a project of the International Climate Initiative among the governments of Uzbekistan and Germany. Therefore cannot be underestimated that the inception workshop of GIZ and Michael Succow Foundation for the start of the IKI Amudarya project was held at 11 June. The project aims at Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) and strengthening the management of a recently established biosphere reserve at the Lower Reaches of Amudarya in Uzbekistan. At the same time, a three year project on Sustainable land- and water management of Tugai Forests funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Develpoment was successfully completed. It built a solid bases for measures to be continued for the coming two and a half years.

CADI at Central Asian Environmental Forum

12. 6. 2018, 13:22 by NK

On 5th June – the UN World Environment Day – CADI was presented at the Central Asian International Environmental Forum (#CAIEF) in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The conference aimed in strengthening cooperation on environment and sustainable development in Central Asia. Within a thematic session on biodiversity and protected areas, Jens Wunderlich, CADI coordinator of the Michael Succow Foundation, outlined the aims of the CADI project. These include the establishment of a regional desert secretariat. The panel discussion was also attended by representatives of UNEP-WCMC, the European Commission, IUCN and WCS Afghanistan.

Flora of Central Asia virtual

29. 5. 2018, 14:19 by NK

The project Central Asian Virtual Flora (CAViF) aims to secure 1.5 mln herbar samples of the Tashkent Central Herbar (TASH), a collection of 170 years of botanists field exploration surveys, for future generations. The team of botanists and database experts will facilitate and conduct trainings for the TASH staff in order to get started with the long-term digitization of the herbar.
Thus the unique treasure becomes preserved and online accessible to a wide range of international scientists, nature conservation practicionairs and amateur botanists. The flora of Uzbekistan consists of 4,350 species of native vascular plants, among them many of economic value, nationally or internationally threatend and cultural-historically outstanding species. About 400 species are nationally endemic.
The project is financed under the founding line „Pilot measures for partnerships in science, research and education with the Central Asian and South Caucasus countries“ of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Nomination submitted to UNESCO

24. 5. 2018, 11:36 by NK

The foundation's project Supporting the creation of a nomination dossier for Iran’s Hyrcanian forests as World Heritage Sit supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany is completed. The nomination dossier was prepared and submitted to UNESCO in January 2018.

A recognition of these forests as a World Heritage site will enhance the conservation status and will increase the worldwide popularity of these forests, in addition, it can enhance the realization of the people in the region of their outstanding heritage through awareness raising and exchange of experiences with other world heritage sites.

To develop the dossier within the limited one-year duration was a challenge but successfully managed in partnership with the Iranian Department of Environment (DoE), Forests, Rangelands and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO), Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and the National Commission of UNESCO (NATCOM).

Fellows wanted!

14. 5. 2018, 10:07 by FM

Focusing on the protection of wintercold deserts (Photo: B. Batsaikhan)

CADI Fellowship contributes to one of the outputs of CADI project – the generation, application and dissemination of knowledge on ecosystem services, biodiversity, conservation status and land-use of temperate deserts in Central Asia. Target groups are post-graduate senior scientists from China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The fellows are supposed to work on a subject of their own choice according to the project aim and related outputs, supported by the project partners.

The fellowship program is coordinated by the Michael Succow Foundation in close cooperation with the University of Greifswald. Within the 12-month period of the program a longer study visit to Greifswald is foreseen. Further information about CADI Fellowship you can find in the 2nd Call for application.

Application deadline for CADI Fellowship is 30 June 2018. The fellowship will start on 1 October 2018.

Under observation

9. 5. 2018, 15:38 by FM

The fauna of Kyzylkum is unique and distinctive. Each day spent in this mysterious desert brings new encounterings and discoveries. On April 19, 2018, during the field research within the CADI fellowship in the southern part of the Butte Mountains of Kuldzhuktau Ridge, the team of researchers discovered a sand cat (Felis Margarita). Close to the borrow was set a camera trap which traced the cat went into hiding. The installed camera trap provided the team with an opportunity to get unique video series, which shows how the male cat in the period of 15:00 to 19:40 hours remained near the borrow. The cat hid in the borrow to protect itself from the strong wind, wandered, looked around and left the place at the night.

Watch the video here.

ReedBASE results

4. 2. 2018, 11:47 by NK

ReedBASE is analysing the renewable biomass potential from peat- and wetlands in the lower Prut (Moldova), Danube (Ukraine) and Dniester (Ukraine) river floodplains in a transboundary context. It found out that e.g. sustainable utilisation of reed biomass, even fom outside of strictly protected areas alone, some 100,000 t of dry energy reed could substitute 50,000 t of energy coal. Thus, emissions of ca. 79,000 t from CO2 from burning fossil fuels and unquantified emissions from so far uncontrolled in situ combustion of waste reed could be avoided. These ReedBASE results werde presented to the Ministry for Environment and nature resources (MENR) Kiev, Ukraine. Especially its task force for bio fuels and renewable energies and for development of sustainable reed bed management and biosphere reserve conception was most impressed.

Waterbirds counted

18. 1. 2018, 15:38

Ornithologist Nina Seifert and supporters spent Sunday on the island of Koos for the International Waterbird Census observing birds which use shallow waters there foraging. Even though eyes were watering due tot he cold at the ende oft he day the ornithologist were happy to have seen lots of smews and thousands of ducks – some gadwells already among them.