The goal of the three-year project is to ensure active public participation in three pilot regions according to the UNESCO programme "Man and Biosphere", as well as raising awareness for the impacts of climate change. For this reason, three UNESCO biosphere reserves were chosen on the Ukrainian territory: Roztochya and West Polesie in the Western part and Desnianskyi in the North-east of the country.
By means of close cooperation with local population, the project aims at working out adaptation strategies and their exemplary application. For that purpose activities like baseline studies, workshops with citizens and experts, trainings, legal recommendations and an idea contest are envisaged. The most promising ideas will be implemented in the framework of a pilot project. Thus, it is intended to involve a wide range of stakeholders in the process, including inter alia, residents of the biosphere reserves, local experts, along with national and international decision-makers. As a result, new methods of stakeholder participation are to be applied, assessed and implemented to achieve long-term benefits for all parties involved.
The project is jointly implemented by the Succow Foundation, the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) and the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management (CEEM) under the auspices of the biosphere.center.
The project is part of the International Climate Initiative (Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative - IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is promoting the initiative on the basis of a decision of the German Bundestag.