Fellowship programmes at the Succow Foundation

By awarding scholarships to young people, we enable them to carry out research and to spread environmental commitment in their home countries. Through the Eva-Kleinn-Scholarship and Marion Dönhoff Fellowship programmes the Succow Foundation offers young conservationists, scientists and activists from countries of the post-Soviet region and Central Asia a study or research stay in Germany.

Eva-Kleinn-Scholarship

The landscape ecologist Eva Kleinn (1971-2005) has made an extraordinary contribution to the protection of nature, sustainable regional development and intercultural communication in Russia and the countries of Central Asia and the Caspian region. This scholarship is intended to keep the memory of her tireless work alive. At the same time, it is designed to enable young domestic and foreign scientists to carry out research in this region in order to continue the work of Eva Kleinn in her spirit.


Criteria for allocation

Upon application, the scholarship may be awarded to students, graduates and doctoral students from the University of Greifswald and to applicants from the countries named above. Applicants must work on a topic or project concerning nature conservation, ecological education, or sustainable development according to the foundation’s motto "Preserve and Sustain", and contributing to intercultural communication. The application should include a rough estimate of costs and explain the reasons for financial support (travel, stay, materials, publication, miscellaneous). The scholarship will only be awarded if other sources of funding have been exhausted or are not available.


Application and procedure

The annually available scholarship amount may be awarded once (twice in exceptional cases with sufficient justification) to one or several applicants. Applications should be addressed to the Succow Foundation. A decision will be announced within one month by the board-appointed jury (Prof. Dr. Michael Succow, Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Knapp). The scholarship will be paid in installments, depending on the requirements as outlined in the budget plan. Previous expenses must be documented prior to payment of the next installment. After six months, recipients are expected to submit a brief summary of the sponsored project; upon completion, the project results are to be turned over to the foundation.

Marion Dönhoff Fellowship

The journalist Marion Gräfin Dönhoff has always criticized the dark sides of capitalism and the consequences of unlimited growth on nature and mankind. She has also advocated cooperation with the countries in today's post-Soviet region and the promotion of young people. three themes that coincide with the commitment of the Succow Foundation.

The Marion Dönhoff Foundation therefore funds a fellowship programme of the Succow Foundation: It supports open and critical debates in the areas of environmental journalism, political ecology and sustainable development. The Marion Dönhoff Fellowship at he Succow Foundation sponsors persons and organisations involved in these areas in former Soviet countries. In the spirit of Marion Dönhoff the aim is to strengthen proactive behaviour and individuals' awareness to be jointly responsible for common welfare


The programme's goals

  • Promoting the critical analysis and debate about issues relevant for sustainability and the environment.
  • Supporting a critical East-Western dialogue on environment and sustainability.
  • Fostering the media debate on these issues.
  • Supporting regional and international networks.

The integration of human rights-related issues into the environmental dialogue is explicitly sought.

During their stay in Germany, the fellows are to work on a topic of their own choice in accordance with the programme's goals independently but with the support of the Succow Foundation. The results of the stay and of their research are to be published afterwards. The publication is part of the funding conditions.


Criteria for allocation

The fellowship is aimed at post-graduate students with professional experience as well as activists of civil society networks and groups from the fields of environmental journalism, political ecology and sustainable development from the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Applicants should be between 25 and 38 years old. A good written and spoken knowledge of English or German is required. In individual cases and if the applicant(s) is/are highly qualified, applications in Russian can be accepted.

The fellowship lasts up to five months for a study and work stay in Germany. Up to four individuals are sponsored annually.

In addition to the Succow Foundation in Greifswald, the fellows will be assigned to up to two other places. The Succow Foundation endeavours to provide contacts and the organisation on site.


Application

Applications should be submitted by e-mail at dilfuza.yuldasheva[at]succow-stiftung.de on first July and first of January of each year.
The application documents (all in English or German) must include the following:

  • Letter of motivation (one page)
  • Project description of the topic to be worked on (maximum three pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of language skills
  • Copy/Scan of the passport

Our fellows

Through the Eva Kleinn Fellowship, the Marion Dönhoff Fellowship and the CADI Fellowship, we have been able to support more than 30 young researchers, activists and conservationists within a decade.

 

  • Elina Aibova
  • Aiman Imentai
  • Komila Nabiyeva
  • Svetlana Tsymlyakova
  • Stacey Wilenkin
  • Alisher Shabladov
  • Agnesa Karapetyan
  • Elshan Nuriyev
  • Fatemeh Amadi Kamali
  • Parham Dibadj
  • Rustam Murzakhanov
  • Anatoliy Smaliychuk
  • Oleg Savytsky
  • Elena Leonovich
  • Dilfuza Yuldasheva
  • Davlat Rasulov
  • Marina Abramchuk
  • Ketevan Jibladze
  • Nadzeya Liashchynskaya
  • Tsogt-Erdene Gansukh
  • Danil Utyupin
  • Andrei Abramchuk
  • Dinara Adilova
  • Irina Grigoryeva
  • Anna Vardanya
  • Iryna Holovko
  • Aleksandrs Kalamashnikovs

2021

2020

2019/2020

2018

2017

2016

2015

Current and former scholarship holders

Type and length of fellowship:
Marion Doenhoff Fellowship May - September 2021

Topic:
"Identify the various stakeholders in the Fergana Valley and analyse the communication methods and key messages for them."

Supervisor:
Rustam Murzakhanov and Dilfuza Yuldasheva

“As a freelance journalist, I do believe I could bring my expertise and another dimension into highlighting environmental problems in Uzbekistan. Marion Doenhoff Fellowship would allow me to learn more international experience about nature conservation and would help me to promote a deep interest in finding a sustainable way of developing further back in my country."

Matluba Mustaeva has a bachelor's degree from the Uzbek State University of World Languages. She is a freelance journalist from Central Asia based in Berlin. A graduate of the Faculty of International Journalism (Tashkent), she has diverse experience of working in international media. She directed the sports news agency, worked in the field of online journalism and social media. As a mother of three children and advocate of sustainable lifestyle, Matluba decided to pay attention to environmental issues in her professional life.

During the five months of the Marion Doenhoff Fellowship, Matluba will explore the technical and practical possibility of attracting the attention of social media users in Uzbekistan to nature conservation issues. Of particular interest for Matluba is the localization of environmental content into the Uzbek language, and the popularization of nature conservation topics in the Fergana Valley among young people. The Fergana Valley is one of the most densely populated areas in Uzbekistan and, is therefore being constantly developed for agriculture. It used to contain a big sandy environment called Akkum, but as a result of active agricultural expansion today it has turned into 13 separated sandy islands.

Type and length of fellowship:
Eva Kleinn Fellowship December 2020 - April 2021

Topic:
"Designing high-performance crop polycultures for community-supported agriculture”

Supervisor:
Sibylle Faust

Pavlo Ardanov holds a PhD degree in Plant Physiology from the University of Oulu (Finland), and a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in biology from Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University (Ukraine); he also took part in a 9 month long Fulbright research scholar program with the University of California, Davis (USA). His study subjects included plant-microbe internactions, agroecology and diversified cropping systems. Pavlo is one of the founders of NGO „Permaculture in Ukraine“.

During his 5 months Eva Kleinn Fellowship with Michael Succow Foundation, Pavlo will be doing a research on designing crop polycultures (intercropping and crop rotation schemes) with vegetables and leafy greens) and will promote development of community-supported agriculture (CSA) in Ukraine. Pavlo is developing an integrated approach for designing crop polycultures based on optimizing diversity of crop traits and on multifunctional (of permaculture) system optimization based in crop integration within farm functional zones, management requirements, similar processing, resource needs and growth characteristics. The main project outputs are:

  • Guidelines on intercropping and crop rotation schemes with vegetables and leafy greens for cold temperate climate, tailored for diversified small and medium producers, in particular for Community-supported agriculture (CSA) schemes.
  • Academic publication with the review of successful crop polyculture practices and constrains among German CSA farmers.
  • Recorded presentation from the CSA online seminar.
  • CSA guideline translated into Ukrainian.

Type and length of fellowship:
November 2020 - April 2021

Topic:
The potential in the Baltic States for heat and energy plants with graminoid biomass from paludicultures

Supervisor:
Andreas Haberl

Aleksandrs Kalamashnikovs holds a bachelor's and master's degree in environmental sciences from Riga University of Technology. In addition, he participated in a six-month exchange program with the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto in the Master's program sustainable energies. During his academic career, Aleksandrs also gained 3 years of work and internship experience in the energy sector. His fields of study included renewable energy resources, heating systems, sustainable development, ecology and environmental protection. Previously, he worked as a heat technician and electronics technician. Aleksandrs is one of the founders of Fridays For Future Latvia.

During his 5-month Marion Dönhoff Fellowship at the Michael Succow Foundation, Aleksandr will conduct research on paludiculture biomass. The intention is to determine the technical and economic uses of biomass grown on local peatlands for the purpose of heat and power generation. The main objectives of the research are: analysis of the current situation of biomass production in the Baltic States; Analysis of the properties of paludiculture biomass fuel; Identification of possible locations where paludiculture plants could be grown; analysis of the most viable options for harvesting, processing and burning biomass; Determination of the preliminary costs for the establishment of paludiculture biomass use for heating and/or energy production.

Type and length of fellowship:
May 2020 – October 2020

Topic:
Ecosystem-based adaptation (ÖBA) to climate change in protected areas of Ukraine. Policy recommendations on the application of the ÖBA approach in Ukraine.

Supervisor:
Ina Rohmann

Iryna Holovko is co-founder and board member of Ecoaction, one of Ukraine's leading environmental NGOs, which deals with climate protection and energy policy. Iryna holds a master's degree in environmental studies from the Ukrainian University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" and is currently studying Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin). Prior to that, she worked as a national campaigner for Ukraine at CEE Bankwatch Network from 2007 to 2017 and as an expert on energy policy at the NGO National Ecological Center of Ukraine. From 2017 to the end of 2019, Iryna was head of energy campaigns at Ecoaction and, among other things, responsible for the development of a renewable energy campaign, as part of a project with BUND/Friends of the Earth Germany, to strengthen civil society in the implementation of national climate policy. During her 5-month fellowship, Iryna worked with the EbA-Ukraine project team on the development of a policy proposal for the integration of principles of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change into Ukrainian environmental legislation. 

Type and length of fellowship:
February 2020-June 2020

Topic:
The main ecological threats in Armenia and their political background in the "Amulsar" gold mine in the Syunik region and the "Teghut" copper mine in the Lori region.

Anna Vardanyan is a journalist and political analyst from Armenia.  She works at the Armenian news agency "Hayeli/ Mirror" and in the Press Club, which is one of the leading online news channels in Armenia. In addition, it is also active in the field of promoting civil society by carrying out several educational and research projects.

As part of the Marion Dönhoff Fellowship, Anna conducted independent research on the alarming ecological problem in Armenia, the mining industry. She identified the main ecological threats posed by them and their political background. Through her work, she aims to raise public and state awareness of all threats, offer a critical perspective on the issue and thus make the new risks of environmental disasters in her country and the entire region accessible. During the period of her scholarship, she researched literature and media references, studied the international environmental conventions and declarations in the field of environmental protection, met with representatives of civil society institutions, environmentalists and ecologists for exchange and familiarized herself with their agenda. Her written research is based on interviews with relevant experts in the field.

Type and length of fellowship:
December 2019 – April 2020

Topic:
Development of a system of sustainable eco-tourism for the Ustyurt Nature Reserve in Kazakhstan

Supervisor:
Rustam Murzakhanov

Irina Grigoryeva  studied biologus (M.Sc. ) from Kazakhstan. In her master's thesis, she dealt with the steppe marmot and its population in the areas of  Akmola  and Karaganda in Kazakhstan. Already during her studies, she worked for the Kazakh Organization for the Protection of Biodiversity (NGO ACBK), where she is now employed and active in various projects. ACBK is committed to the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in Kazakhstan and works in the field of monitoring, public relations and support for local nature conservation groups. She will now begin her scholarship at the Succow Foundation at the end of 2019. She is involved in the development of ecotourism offers in the Ustyurt Protected Area in Kazakhstan. Before her stay in Greifswald, she already carried out investigations and discussions in the target area, on the basis of which she now develops recommendations and suggestions for tourist routes, further tourist infrastructure and information and communication material in her scholarship. In doing so, she would like to incorporate the experience and recommendations of German experts and organizations.

Type and length of fellowship:
November 2019 – January 2020

Topic:
Adaptation of European sustainable tourism experience for Lower Amudarynski Biosphere Reserve in Uzbekistan

Supervisor: Rustam Murzakhanov

Dinara Adilova  from Uzbekistan studied computer science and biotechnology in Tashkent and has been working as an independent web and print designer in the field of nature conservation and environmental education since 2008. In addition, she has been involved for many years as a volunteer and IT specialist in various projects for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Central Asia. So she designed various websites such as e.B. www.bird.uz  or  www.pistachio.uz. In her 3-month Marion Dönhoff Fellowship, she dedicates herself to the  Tugaifloodplain forests in the Lower  Amudarya  Biosphere  Reserve. It develops proposals and recommendations for tourist communication material (e.g. ecosystem guide) as well as concepts for visitor guidance in the protected area (routes, viewpoints, etc.). In consultation with Hermann Hatzfeld, Dina completed only 2 of the 3 scholarship months in Greifswald in order to be able to work another month in the target area of her project. She used her stay in Greifswald for conceptual work and discussions and research with German experts and organizations in the field of ecotourism.

Type and length of fellowship:
February – June 2019

Topic:
Identification and protection of primary forests in the Belarusian Polesyse

Supervisor:
Uli  Gräbener

Andrei Abramchuk studied geography and agriculture in Belarus Poland. He has already worked as a scientist in the Białowieża Protected Area, at the Agroecological Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and as a specialist in the biosphere reserve "Pribuzhskoye Polesye" ("Western Polesye"). In the biosphere reserve, he worked as a research coordinator and expert in the field of nature conservation and environmental education. Andrei is a member of the Central Council of the largest Belarusian environmental protection organization APB-BirdLife Belarus, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Environment and Chairman of the Forest Working Group of APB-BirdLife Belarus.

Andrei's main areas of interest are theoretical and practical questions of nature conservation, especially in relation to the forest ecosystem. As part of his Marion Dönhoff Fellowship, he worked on the development and application of a method for the identification of primary forests for the Belarusian "Polesye". To this end, he also carried out field work on the test of the methodology and pilot studies in several areas. Based on the analysis of existing environmental practices in Belarus, Andrei also developed proposals for possible mechanisms for the protection of primary forests in Belarus. Due to the extraordinary motivation and outstanding commitment of Andrei, he was awarded the scholarship despite a lack of English language skills. He wrote his final report in Russian.

Type and length of fellowship:
August to December 2018

Topic:
Conflicts between nature conservation and the economic activity of local actors using the example of the island of Rügen

Supervisors:
Sophie Hirschelmann, Rustam Murzakhanov

Danil Utyupin is a journalist from Kazakhstan. After studying history at the national Al-Farabi University in Almaty, he completed further training in journalism and worked in various media. He is currently focusing on his main topic of environmental protection at the Kazakh newspaper "Liter". During the Marion Dönhoff Fellowship in Germany, he investigates conflicts between nature conservation and the economic activity of local actors using the example of the island of Rügen. He conducted interviews with selected actors from the region and evaluated the media coverage on this topic. By exploring this field of tension and getting to know approaches and instruments in nature conservation in Germany, he can develop ideas for possible solution models for his home country Kazakhstan and incorporate them into his publications there. In addition, Danil was able to familiarize himself with the (environmental) media landscape of Germany, published an article in the Greifswald student magazine "moritz" and attended lectures of the landscape ecology and nature conservation course at the University of Greifswald.

Type and length of fellowship:
April to August 2018

Topic:
Sustainable management of peatlands and permafrost soils using the example of the KhurkhValley

Supervisor:
Jan Peters

Tsogt Erdene studied geography at the Mongolian National University in Ulanbataar. Since 2014, he has been working as a scientist at the National Academy of Sciences of Mongolia in the Department of Permafrost. There he participated in research projects for the mapping, investigation and modelling of peatlands and permafrost and their interactions.  During his Dönhoff  Fellowhips, he was involved in the development of a concept for a project for the sustainable management of peatlands and permafrost soils using the example of the  KhurkhValley. His main work in the Fellowship was to write a generally understandable report in Mongolian language with a detailed summary on the current state of research and previous research results on this topic in order to better communicate the topic and the challenges with peatlands and permafrost in the broad society. During his stay in Greifswald, he was able to expand his knowledge in the field of moor ecology through the exchange with experts from the Greifswald Moor Centrum.

Type and length of fellowship:
July – November 2017

Supervisor:
Andreas Haberl

Elena Leonovich graduated in 2015 from the Faculty of Mining and Environmental Engineering of the Belarusian State University. She works at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus as a junior researcher in the biogeochemical and agroecological laboratory at the Institute of Nature Management. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow at the Michael Succow Foundation, she analyses the balance of greenhouse gases from peatlands.

Type and length of fellowship:
August – December 2017

Supervisor:
Andreas Haberl

Nadzeya Liashchynskaya studied biology at the Belarusian State University. In 2009, she began working for the BMU/KfW Climate & Biodiversity project as a vegetation & monitoring specialist. Through the project work, she deepened her interest in the ecology of the moors. After eight years of experience in the renaturation of peatlands, she is now working as a Marion Dönhoff Fellow at the Michael Succow Foundation on the conclusion of the monitoring report on rewetted peatlands in Belarus, which serves as preparation for the accreditation of carbon credits according to the VCS/CCBA method. The report will be published within the VCS/CCBA program and will be available at www.v-c-s.org. It will also support the completion of the first VCS/CCBA project document in Belarus.

Type and length of fellowship:
January – May 2017

Topic:
Learning examples of participation and awareness-raising in German UNESCO biosphere reserves for biosphere reserve development in Georgia

Supervisor:
Sophie Hirschelmann

Keti Jibladze studied journalism at Tbilisi State University before starting working at the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) in 2010, helping the organization solve regional environmental problems of the countries of the South Caucasus. During her studies, Keti developed a deep professional interest in environmental protection, which shaped her later career. The significant deterioration of the environment in Georgia has aroused their interest even more. Deterioration includes deforestation, water scarcity, soil degradation and pollution. These are all by-products of rapid economic growth and industrialization. This motivated her to put all her efforts into the community for the protection of the environment in which she lives. After six years of work experience at rec Caucasus, Keti became a Marion Dönhoff Fellow and worked in the field of identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to the implementation of the biosphere reserve model in Georgia (Kakheti region). In addition, Keti will develop specific recommendations for the realization of the biosphere reserve concept, followed by familiarization with the German experience, field investigation and interviews with Succow Foundation experts, representatives of the operational biosphere reserve in Germany and other relevant stakeholders.

Type and length of fellowship:
December 2016, January – May 2017

Supervisor: Jan Peters

Marina Abramchuk completed her master's degree in environmental management at the University of Warsaw. In her dissertation, she investigated the influence of large caterpillar mowers on the preservation of habitats for the sedge warbler, on vegetation structure and the plant diversity of peatlands. Marina has been a member of APB-Birdlife Belarus for twelve years. As a Marion Dönhoff fellow, she pursued her research on the management of peatlands as a habitat for globally endangered sedge warblers in Germany and Belarus and investigated possible conflicts in nature conservation.

Type and length of fellowship:
July  2016 to  December  2016

Topic:
Education for Sustainable Development in Lower Amudarya Biosphere Reserve, Uzbekistan

Supervisor:
Jens Wunderlich

Dilfuza studies Global Change Management in the Master's program at the HNE Eberswalde. Her Marion Dönhoff Fellowship was embedded in the ongoing application of the MARISCO method (Adaptive Management of vulnerability and Risk at Conservation sites) in the Tugai habitats at the lower reaches of the Amudarya. In addition, she focused on the communication and environmental education components in the Uzbek Lower Amudarya Biosphere Reserve together with the partner organization KRASS (Khorezm Rural Advisory Support Service).

Type and length of fellowship:
September and November  2016

Supervisor:  Jens Wunderlich

Davlat Rasulov pursued his master thesis "Qualitative and quantitative assessment of rangeland restoration extent in sandy deserts of Uzbekistan (case study in Surkhandarya province)" at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Samarkand/Uzbekistan. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow, he pursued studies in geographic information systems, remote sensing and statistical analyses related to the project area.

 

Type and length of fellowship:
March 2016 to August 2016

Supervisors:
Uli Gräbener,  Dr. Wendelin Wichtmann

Oleg is a climate and energy policy expert and works with international environmental networks such as Climate Action Network and CEE Bankwatch Network. Oleg graduated with a master's degree in electronic engineering from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. He is an active member of the Ukrainian environmental group National ecological center of Ukraine (NECU) and co-founder of the Ukrainian Youth Climate Association (UYCA). He focused on climate action and pollution reduction through the sale of fossil fuels, decarbonisation of the energy sector and transition to renewable energy sources. As a Marion Dönhoff Fellow, Oleg analyzed the energetic potential of low moor biomass in Ukraine as part of his overarching topic of a possible energy transition in Ukraine.

Type and length of fellowship:
March to August 2016

Supervisors:
Uli Gräbener, Andreas Haberl

Anatoliy is an assistant professor at the Geography Department Ivan Franko University of Lviv in Ukraine. Part of his doctoral thesis are recent land use changes in the Ukrainian part of the Carpathians, which are related to natural landscapes, infrastructure facilities and ecological networks. His research interests include the mapping and analysis of land use changes, statistical modelling, the application of GIS and remote sensing in landscape ecology. During his stay at the Michael Succow Foundation with various research groups, Anatolyi expanded his expertise in GIS application to other research fields, such as the management of biosphere reserves or the possible energetic use of low moor biomass in Ukraine.

Type and length of fellowship:
March to August 2016

Supervisor:
Jens Wunderlich

Rustam Murzakhanov studied computer science at the Technical University of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He worked as a research assistant at the Environmental Law Center "Armon", an NGO involved in Uzbek environmental policy.

From 2010 to 2012 he studied "International Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation" at the University of Greifswald and obtained his master's degree. Since November 2012, Rustam Murzakhanov has supported the Michael Succow Foundation in Tashkent in the implementation of the Lower Amudarya Biosphere Reserve. Rustam Murzakhanov dedicated his residency as a fellow to researching the ecosystem services of natural pistachio societies and their sustainable use in regions of Central Asia.

Type and length of fellowship:
November 2016

Supervisor: Sebastian Schmidt

Parham Dibadj graduated as Master of Biodiversity Engineering from Tehran Azad University. For the past fifteen years, he has been involved as an activist and filmmaker for the protection of wildlife in Iran. Parham founded the NGO Echo of Persia Wildlife Foundation, produced over ten wildlife documentaries and recently received the "Protector of the Land" award from the Iranian government. As a Fellow of the Michael Succow Foundation, Parham Dibadj developed contributions to wildlife conservation in the Foundation's future conservation commitment in Iran.

Type and length of fellowship:
November 2016

Supervisor:
Sebastian Schmidt

Parham Dibadj graduated as Master of Biodiversity Engineering from Tehran Azad University. For the past fifteen years, he has been involved as an activist and filmmaker for the protection of wildlife in Iran. Parham founded the NGO Echo of Persia Wildlife Foundation, produced over ten wildlife documentaries and recently received the "Protector of the Land" award from the Iranian government. As a Fellow of the Michael Succow Foundation, Parham Dibadj developed contributions to wildlife conservation in the Foundation's future conservation commitment in Iran.

Type and length of fellowship:
February to March 2015; May to July 2015

Topic:
Potential zones for biosphere reserves in the Republic of Azerbaijan and their possible impact on sustainable development process.

Supervisor:
Sebastian Schmidt

Elshan Nuriyev is a post-graduate at the Institute of Soils and Agriculture of the Azerbaijan State Academy of Sciences on sustainable tourism in national parks. His focus is on the analysis of international and primarily German practice in and with biosphere reserves.Elshan Nuriyev is also active in civil society social networks and founder of the environmental organization
"Nature Friends". This was able to mobilize enthusiastic bicycle friends as well as environmentalists in Azerbaijan and thus increase the awareness and responsibility of people for their environment with numerous actions.

Type and length of fellowship:
October to December 2014

Topic:
Potentials and limits of commons management for sustainable water management in the montane irrigation system of the Tajik Pamir

Supervisor:
Sebastian Schmidt

As a research associate at the Mountain Societies Research Institute of the University of Central Asia, Alisher Shablodov is currently completing his PhD at the Center for Development and Environment at the University of Bern/Switzerland. Since his master's degree in 'Built Environment' with a focus on land management at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden, he has been interested in the distribution of natural resources with a special focus on land and water. During the Marion Dönhoff Fellowship, Alisher worked on the question of how to assess the potentials and limits of jointly acting institutions for sustainable water management in the montane irrigation system of the Tajik Pamir.

Type and length of fellowship:
January 2015 to May 2015

Topic:
Private protected areas in post-Soviet countries: Comparative Study of an Armenian model.

Supervisor:
Sebastian Schmidt

Agnesa Karapetyan works as a project manager of the Armenian Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets in Yerevan. In the internationally  funded  foundation, she supervises projects for regional development, water management, renewable energy, sustainable management of biodiversity, nature conservation and environmental education. Agnesa Karapetyan holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the University of Wuppertal and a Master's degree in "Conflict and Development" from the University of Basel. Her research focused on two areas: regional development and nature conservation.

Type and length of fellowship:
July to September 2014

Topic:
Carbon certificates from the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through re-wetlands of drained peatlands in the Tver region

Supervisorin:
Susanne Bärisch

Svetlana Tsymlyakova is a geoengineer and lecturer with a focus on peatlands at tver University of Technology. During her Marion Dönhoff Fellowship, she explored ways to generate carbon certificates from the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through re-weting of drained bogs in the Tver region.

She attended several conferences, training courses and seminars on the re-weting and sustainable use of peatlands in Germany as part of the project "Re-weting of peatlands in Russia – prevention of fires and mitigation of climate change". Participation in these events aroused their interest in deepening their knowledge on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands through re-weting and their integration into the voluntary carbon market.

Type and length of fellowship:
September 2014 – Februar 2015

Topic:
Implementation of Response Measures for Economies in Transition and Mountain-Landlocked Developing Countries

Supervisor:
Jan Peters

Stacey Wilenkin completed her postgraduate studies in climate policy and sustainability science, and previously served as regional coordinator for youth and women's networks. Her work has included projects in scientific development, rural expeditions, as well as raising awareness on climate adaptation and sustainability issues. For her fellowship, she focused on an analysis of the implementation of climate adaptation response measures, in particular with regard to the so-called transition countries and mountain-landlocked developing countries.

Type and length of fellowship:
April to August 2014

Topic:
German Energy Development Cooperation with Central Asia

Betreuer:
Jan Peters

Komila Nabiyeva holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow/Poland. Today she works as a freelance journalist with a focus on environmental, climate and development policy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. During the Marion Dönhoff Fellowship, she researched the potential and perspectives of renewable energies in Central Asia. There, more than 300 sunny days per year, together with a favourable geographical location, actually offer favourable conditions for the development of renewable energy sources. However, the necessary political framework conditions for an investment offensive have so far been lacking. Komila Nabiyeva analysed, among other things, the role played by Germany as an energy transition pioneer in the exchange with Central Asia and how the Federal Government can help shape the Central Asian energy transition through appropriate development cooperation.

Type and length of fellowship:
March to July 2014

Topic:
Water management in the Ili-Balkhash Basin and its impact on flora and fauna

Betreuer:
Dr. Niels Thevs

The anthropogenic influence on aquatic ecosystems is the focus of the work of the Kazakh hydrologist Aiman Imentai. The young scientist from the Zoological Institute of the National University of Kazakhstan has been conducting research on this since 2009 and is also involved in the designation of Kazakh biosphere reserves for the UNESCO "Man and Biosphere" programme. From October 2012 to February 2013, Aiman Imentai was able to complete a Master's degree at the University of Greifswald as part of the CABNET university cooperation programme. Through the Marion Dönhoff Fellowship, she was able to use the contacts made and further expand her focus on content. Aiman Imentai examined the water management of the Ili Balkash Basin, taking into account recent agreements on transboundary tributaries between China and Kazakhstan. With 18,000 km2,  the Balchasch is the largest inland lake in Central Asia and lies in a drainless basin. Due to the increasing water withdrawal from the tributaries, the lake shrinks.

Type and length of fellowship:
Dezember 2013 bis Februar 2014

Topic: First Steps Towards a Climate Protection Concept for the City of Almaty

Supervisor: Susanne Bärisch

After completing her studies in Almaty and Mainz, the economist Elina Aibova from Kazakhstan now works as head of the marketing department of the German-Kazakh University in Almaty. Her previous work focuses on project management (business development and marketing), change management, corporate financing and human resources management. After initial ideas for the more climate-friendly orientation of the university emerged, Elina Aibova decided to take a closer look at this topic both at the university level and at the level of the city of Almaty. With the project "First steps towards a climate protection concept for the city of Almaty", she showed possibilities for reducing CO2emissions for the city ofAlmaty. On the other hand, it created a concept to increase the perception and sense of responsibility of the inhabitants of Almaty for the topic of climate protection. Examples from Germany on climate protection concepts of various cities as well as concrete actions, such as the car-free day, gave her impulses and further ideas for working on the topic.