Project Empowerment of Ukrainian Biosphere Reserves becomes IKI lighthouse project

Ukraine features diverse ecosystems indispensable for sustaining human livelihoods.

Such ecosystems are already affected by several threats like unsustainable land use, over-exploitation, and increasingly also by climate change, driving stresses on ecosystem functionality and increasing vulnerability of the depended communities. This directly affects human well-being, socio-economic situation as well as ecosystems and biodiversity of the affected regions.

To address these challenges in Ukraine and to protect or restore ecosystem buffering and regulatory services, the project “Ecosystem‐based Adaptation (EbA) to climate change and regional sustainable development by the empowerment of Ukrainian Biosphere Reserves” was launched as part of International Climate Initiative (IKI) by the Michael Succow Foundation, together with the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.

The overall goal of the project was to integrate the Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) approach into national and regional planning, policies and action, leading to better-adapted land use and healthier ecosystems as well as to provide incentives for sustainable development in times of accelerating climate change. Even though the focus of the project was on adaptation to climate change, it made a decisive contribution to the conservation of biodiversity through its overall strategy and measures.

Interested parties can learn more about the project activities and project results that have taken place and about the pilot measures implemented in the biosphere reserves and their impact on biodiversity here:Empowerment of Ukrainian Biosphere Reserves | Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative (IKI) (

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