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Engaged in Turkmenistan

18. 10. 2018, 13:08 by NK

Founder and nature conservationist Michael Succow attended international conference of the 50th anniversary of Nature Conservation Society of Turkmenistan and the 40th anniversary of the XIV General Assembly of IUCN (1978) at Ashgabat in the middle of October. It gathered organisations like IUCN, WWF and UNDP which had been engaged in nature conservation in Turkmenistan. For more than 10 years the Michael Succow Foundation is working on projects of protected area development and sustainable use in this challenging environment. '
Just recently the Central Asia Desert Initiative (CADI) was approved by the turkmen government. The foundation implemented a project on Ecosystem-based land and forest management for the adaptation to climate change along the Amudarya River. The foundation also lead the elaboration of the Scientific justification of a national park.


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Protected area in the Aral Sea

15. 10. 2018, 10:02 by Maren Friedrich

Barsakelmes Strict Protected Area used to be an island in Aral Sea. Since the lake has almost deceased it is no longer an island. Native plant communities disappeared, most of fauna species are under severe thread, IUCN threatened ungulates such as Saigas, Kulans and Goitered Gazelles lost their habitat. The disaearance of fresh water sources lead to a dramatic decline of their populations.

Together with the CADI national project partner ACBK, the Barsakelmes Zapovednik administration, the policy platform International Fund for Safeing the Aral Sea, scientists and NGOs the Michael Succow Foundation conducted a 2day ecosystem diagnostic mission, followed by an intense 4day participatory Open Standards workshop. Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation support protected area managers in systematic planning, implementing, and monitoring their conservation efforts and to adapt and improve it systematically [link -].

The workshop layed out a sound and comprehensive basis on the threads, stresses and contributing factors at the conservation targets of the Protected Area. The workshop participants, facilitated by Michael Succow Foundation, identified strategies to tackle or minimize threads and stresses.


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28. 9. 2018, 12:33 by NK

An orientation workshop, dedicated to IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), took place in Astana on 20 September. The event was organized by CADI in order to support international cooperation for nature conservation in Central Asia. Major goal of the workshop was to strengthen cooperation in nature protection among Central Asian countries and to introduce structure and processes of IPBES. It became clear, that joining Central Asian countries to the platform would allow experts from the relevant governmental agencies, scientific institutions and NGO’s to increase their capacity as well as influence on an international agenda with the consideration of regional priorities. Decision-makers from the governmental agencies, as well as representatives of scientific, non-governmental and International Organizations from Kazakhstan took part at the event.

CADI officially started in Turkmenistan

5. 9. 2018, 10:23 by NK

The project agreement for the implementation of CADI in Turkmenistan has been signed on 20 August between the State Committee of Turkmenistan for Environmental Protection and Land Resources and the Michael Succow Foundation. The signing was preceded by about 1.5 years of preparatory work.

The agreement represents the latest step in the long-standing, fruitful cooperation between the two partners on a range of projects on nature conservation and resource management in Turkmenistan under a Memorandum of Understanding.

CADI intends to implement a broad work package that aims to preserve the biodiversity and ecosystem services of cold winter deserts in Turkmenistan. One of the main tasks is to prepare a nomination document for the inscription of the protected areas Repetek and Bereketli Garagum into the list of World Natural Heritage sites. In addition, within CADI scientific-technical justifications for the establishment, extension or IUCN status adjustment of a protected area in Turkmenistan will be prepared.

The activities in Turkmenistan are jointly implemented by the National Institute of Deserts, Flora and Fauna (NIDFF) in Ashgabat and the Michael Succow Foundation.


Excursion guide now online!

25. 7. 2018, 12:34 by NK

Cover "Landscape-Ecological Excursion Field Guide"

Along excursion routes through different landscape types of Azerbaijan the Landscape-Ecological Excursion Field Guide offers detailed scientific information, maps and GPS data. Detailed descriptions of vegetation, soil and land use along a transect from coastal areas of the Caspian Sea to the Alpine zone of the Greater Caucasus are included. The guide allows teachers as well as students to organise excursions independently and scientifically well-grounded. It is based on a landscape-ecology summer school for German and Azerbaijani students carried out by the Succow Foundation and project partners.