The project aims to generate the following results:
- For each of the three functions of the biosphere reserve (conservation, development and logistic support) objectives and mission statements developed in a participatory manner.
- Concepts for zonation, management and governance of the biosphere reserve and its integration into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves available.
- Awareness and acceptance of the planned biosphere reserve increased through target-specific measures.
Partners for the project implementation are BTE Tourism and Regional Consulting and the Russian Nature Park "Wystinets", in close cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of Kaliningrad Region. The project outputs will provide a basis for the preparation of the nomination form for the official designation of the biosphere reserve under the UNESCO's "Man and Biosphere" Programme.
The project is preceded by various preparatory work by the Michael Succow Foundation in Kaliningrad Region. Within a feasibility study (2007-2008, support by DBU) the framework conditions for the establishment of a protected area on the Russian side of Romincka Forest were examined. After a positive assessment, a second project period (2009-2011, support by DBU) followed aiming in the development of a concept for a protected are for the Russian part of Romincka Forest. This concept was the basis for the establishment of the Nature Park "Wystinets" in January 2012.
The project is funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It is supervised by the the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the German Environment Agency (UBA).