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Nomination submitted to UNESCO

24. 5. 2018, 11:36 by NK

The foundation's project Supporting the creation of a nomination dossier for Iran’s Hyrcanian forests as World Heritage Sit supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany is completed. The nomination dossier was prepared and submitted to UNESCO in January 2018.

A recognition of these forests as a World Heritage site will enhance the conservation status and will increase the worldwide popularity of these forests, in addition, it can enhance the realization of the people in the region of their outstanding heritage through awareness raising and exchange of experiences with other world heritage sites.

To develop the dossier within the limited one-year duration was a challenge but successfully managed in partnership with the Iranian Department of Environment (DoE), Forests, Rangelands and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO), Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and the National Commission of UNESCO (NATCOM).

Fellows wanted!

14. 5. 2018, 10:07 by FM

Focusing on the protection of wintercold deserts (Photo: B. Batsaikhan)

CADI Fellowship contributes to one of the outputs of CADI project – the generation, application and dissemination of knowledge on ecosystem services, biodiversity, conservation status and land-use of temperate deserts in Central Asia. Target groups are post-graduate senior scientists from China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The fellows are supposed to work on a subject of their own choice according to the project aim and related outputs, supported by the project partners.

The fellowship program is coordinated by the Michael Succow Foundation in close cooperation with the University of Greifswald. Within the 12-month period of the program a longer study visit to Greifswald is foreseen. Further information about CADI Fellowship you can find in the 2nd Call for application.

Application deadline for CADI Fellowship is 30 June 2018. The fellowship will start on 1 October 2018.

Under observation

9. 5. 2018, 15:38 by FM

The fauna of Kyzylkum is unique and distinctive. Each day spent in this mysterious desert brings new encounterings and discoveries. On April 19, 2018, during the field research within the CADI fellowship in the southern part of the Butte Mountains of Kuldzhuktau Ridge, the team of researchers discovered a sand cat (Felis Margarita). Close to the borrow was set a camera trap which traced the cat went into hiding. The installed camera trap provided the team with an opportunity to get unique video series, which shows how the male cat in the period of 15:00 to 19:40 hours remained near the borrow. The cat hid in the borrow to protect itself from the strong wind, wandered, looked around and left the place at the night.

Watch the video here.

ReedBASE results

4. 2. 2018, 11:47 by NK

ReedBASE is analysing the renewable biomass potential from peat- and wetlands in the lower Prut (Moldova), Danube (Ukraine) and Dniester (Ukraine) river floodplains in a transboundary context. It found out that e.g. sustainable utilisation of reed biomass, even fom outside of strictly protected areas alone, some 100,000 t of dry energy reed could substitute 50,000 t of energy coal. Thus, emissions of ca. 79,000 t from CO2 from burning fossil fuels and unquantified emissions from so far uncontrolled in situ combustion of waste reed could be avoided. These ReedBASE results werde presented to the Ministry for Environment and nature resources (MENR) Kiev, Ukraine. Especially its task force for bio fuels and renewable energies and for development of sustainable reed bed management and biosphere reserve conception was most impressed.

Waterbirds counted

18. 1. 2018, 15:38 by KW

Ornithologist Nina Seifert and supporters spent Sunday on the island of Koos for the International Waterbird Census observing birds which use shallow waters there foraging. Even though eyes were watering due tot he cold at the ende oft he day the ornithologist were happy to have seen lots of smews and thousands of ducks – some gadwells already among them.


First CADI-newsletter!

20. 12. 2017, 09:22 by NK

The first CADI-newsletter is now available! For regular updates of the projekt "Central Asian Desert Initiative", jointly implemented by the University of Greifswald, Michael Succow Foundation and FAO, here the link to subscribe.