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CADI goes youtube

26. 6. 2019, 00:21 by RB

Desert monitor cutting a good figure for the camera (Photo: G. Schnipper)
(Photo: G. Schnipper)

To get more publicity for Central Asian cold winter deserts the CADI-project invited the film crew of the Russian speaking YouTube channel “Vse Kak U Zverei”(ENG: Just like animals) to shoot four episodes about the world of temperate deserts. For almost three weeks the film crew collected material in the Kyzylkum desert in Uzbekistan, Aralkum desert and the Ustyurt plateau in Kazakhstan. “This was my first long visit to Central Asia”, Yevgenia Timinova of “Vse Kak U Zverei” says,“before it I was only in the deserts of Australia and Africa.” After having toured through these deserts, crew member Yevgenia reported in several lectures in Almaty and Tashkent about how animals survive in the temperate desert and what humanity might learn from them. One of her conclusions: The harder the conditions of life, the faster the evolution takes its course. And even though deserts occupy a large​ part of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, many residents do not even suspect how many ideas and witty solutions are hidden there. The YouTube channel “Vse Kak U Zverei” has more than 233,000 subscribers and thus the “silver Youtube button”.

Working towards a UNESCO-nomination

25. 3. 2019, 12:01 by NK

The Kick off-Workshop of the project UNESCO biosphere reserve establishment in the climate-vulnerable regions of Kakheti in Eastern Georgia – working towards the nomination took place on 20th March 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia at the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. It was organized by Michael Succow Foundation and Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus through the financial support from the German Government (BMU) through GIZ and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. The workshop was attended by 46 participants representing relevant central and local governmental institutions as well as non-governmental and scientific organizations. The main objective of the meeting was to inform key stakeholders about the launched project, to agree on planned steps and cooperation mechanisms within the project. The stakeholders showed high interest for the Kakheti Biosphere Reserve establishment and confirmed their participation and commitment for the successful nomination process and beyond.

DESIRE kicking off!

3. 3. 2019, 11:24 by NK

Peatlands must be recognised for their ecosystem services! The project DESIRE, sponsored within the Interreg BSR, improves the management of drained peatlands around the Neman river to reduce their nutrient and greenhouse gas emissions. It analyses questions like:
What is the role of riparian buffer zones to mitigate nutrients pollution from agricultural lands? How to improve existing polices for sustainable peatlands management? What instruments and incentives are necessary to promote wet peatlands use? The DESIRE project will also provide practical guidelines for wise peatlands rewetting.
DESIRE invites intersted scientists to discuss these questions at its kick off meeting on March 20.-21. March at Greifswald, Germany (IBZ Felix Hausdorff Centre, Bahnhofstraße 2/3). If you are interested to take part in the kick off meeting, you may register per e-mail to marina.abramchuk(at) .


Persian Leopard in Ustyurt

14. 2. 2019, 11:37 by NK

New pictures from camera traps, set up during the November CADI-expedition, verify: The Persian leopard is still living in the Ustyurt Nature Reserve and seems to be in very good condition! The CADI-team is preparing the grounds for putting the Persian leopard on the Red List of Threatened Species in Kazakhstan which is not yet on the country's Inventory list of species. In addition, the CADI-team is developing an action plan for preservation of the leopard in Kazakhstan. The planned measures to monitor and protect the Persian leopard should not only save this threatened species, but also create conditions for the preservation of Ustyurt's unique ecosystem.