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Peatland restoration training

23. 6. 2017, 11:14 by NK

Planning peatland restoration activities needs special expertise and resources by local institutions involved. To build these capacities and highlight the needs and benefits of rewetted peatlands for fire prevention and climate change mitigation, a training was organised by partners of the Peatland Restaration in Russia project on 14th and 15th June 2017 in Nizhny Novgorod region. Experienced trainers from Russia, Belarus and Germany showed 40 participants from different key regions of European Russia in an interactive manner which steps have to be taken from the idea to implementation. These include legal, administrative, and technical issues but also sociological assessment and economic incentives to involve and convince local communities of the planned measures. The trained participants returned back home with a comprehensive toolbox which they can apply with further support from the trainers for the envisaged large-scale restoration activities of the PeatRus project.

New: CADI Fellowship

20. 6. 2017, 10:22 by NK

The CADI fellowship programme contributes to one of the outputs of foundation's project Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI)  – 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 programme is coordinated by the Michael Succow Foundation and will be completed at the Foundation in Greifswald (Germany) in close cooperation with the University of Greifswald. Exceptionally – dependent on the research topic – even other places at German scientific institutions might be eligible if there is a clear synergy with CADI project aims.
Application deadline is 16th of July 2017. The fellowship starts 1st of October 2017.

Two expeditions to Ustyurt

20. 6. 2017, 08:45 by NK

May 2017 was a very fruitful month for scientists in biodiversity of Central Asia. Two expeditions took them to the remote Ustyurt plateau, which is located in between Aral Sea and the Caspian Sea and covers vast areas in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The expeditions aim to update current information on species populations and distribution as well as trends of endemic species in this unique transboundary area. Experts in mammals, reptiles, birds and plants were part of both expeditions and were able to reconfirm the ecological value and distinctiveness of that region. They collected complementary data of several species’ distribution. Thus for instance, the Asiatic Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kulan) could be identified at places in Uzbekistan where it hasd’t been confirmed so far. The same goes for Urials' (Ovis vignei arkal) distribution in Uzbekistan und Kazakhstan. Some subspecies were identified for the first time in one or both of the countries, e.g. an agama subspecies (Phrynocephalus reticulatus bannikovi) in Uzbekistan.

Indawgyi Lake now UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

19. 6. 2017, 11:31 by NK

The International Coordinating Commitee (ICC) of the UNESCO „Men and Biosphere“-Programme (MAB) has added Indawgyis Lake in Myanmar's North as one of 23 new sites to the global network of UNESCO biosphere reserves. The project Development of the „Indawgyi Lake“ UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Michael Succow Stiftung prepared its nomination in cooperation with Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Forestry of Myanmar (MOECAF) and the UNESCO-Biospherereserves Spreewald and River-landscape Elbe Brandenburg and thus delivered the basis for the comitee's decision.

Dena-project finished

24. 3. 2017, 11:41 by NK

The project for example promoted women empowerment activities and training of trainers in which women learned about relevant topics such as climate change, forest and rangeland ecosystem services, biosphere reserve concept and waste management. Local women with sufficient educational background now assist in youth environmental training program of selected schools. Awareness and capacity building workshops regarding sustainable use of natural resources have led to positive changes in the attitude of local communities in relevant fields. Some locals reported on their change from poacher to environmental advocate as a result of increased awareness and sensitivity towards their environment. Also, local knowledge regarding sustainable rangeland and forest management and conservation, sustainable use, climate change adaptation, eco-tourism and traditional handicrafts has been also collected and documented in a booklet. This document can potentially lead to policy development on the basis of local knowledge. An overall remarkable goal of the project: For the first time representatives of the local communities, especially women, could participate in some meetings with government representatives and provide feedback to them.


RRR2017 - 2nd Announcement

9. 2. 2017, 16:26 by NK

tl_files/images/Aktuelles/Aktuelles 2017/RRR2017_cover.JPGThe Michael Succow Foundation as a partner in the Greifswald Mire Centre welcomes participants coming from a range of different disciplines to join the paludiculture conference week „Renewable Resources from Wet and Rewetted Peatlands 2017 (RRR2017)“. The 2nd Announcement includes a great excursion programme and we are happy to announce our key note speaker Prof. Ab Grootjans, Prof. Hans Joosten and Faizal Parish.
The RRR2017 from 25th - 30th September 2017 comprises a national and an international part, a day of excursions and a Sphagnum farming workshop.
Submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations are welcome before 28th February. Exhibition space for contractors, manufacturers and any other stakeholders will be provided indoors and outdoors.
Register for the national and/or international conference and for excursions at You’ll thus receive regular updates on RRR2017.