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RRR2017 - 2nd Announcement
9. 2. 2017, 16:26 by NK
The Michael Succow Foundation as a partner in the Greifswald Mire Centre welcomes participants coming from a range of different disciplines to join the paludiculture conference week „Renewable Resources from Wet and Rewetted Peatlands 2017 (RRR2017)“. The 2nd Announcement includes a great excursion programme and we are happy to announce our key note speaker Prof. Ab Grootjans, Prof. Hans Joosten and Faizal Parish.
The RRR2017 from 25th - 30th September 2017 comprises a national and an international part, a day of excursions and a Sphagnum farming workshop.
Submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations are welcome before 28th February. Exhibition space for contractors, manufacturers and any other stakeholders will be provided indoors and outdoors.
Register for the national and/or international conference and for excursions at www.rrr2017.com. You’ll thus receive regular updates on RRR2017.
New Memorandum of Understanding
10. 1. 2017, 08:53 by NK
The Michael Succow Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of the Gene Pool of Plants and Animals of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences (IGPPA). The Institutes of Botany and of Zoology, two institutions of the Uzbek Academy of Science in Soviet times, were merged into the IGPPA, the leading institution in Uzbek biodiversity research.
The MoU allows both partners to develop further cooperation and capacities of young scientists in Uzbekistan.
Plan exceeded by pistachio project
19. 12. 2016, 10:01 by NK
With reforestation on 57,5 ha the project Reforestation in the mountain foothills of Tashkent Province, Uzbekistan generated an alternative and sustainable income for more than 30 families of the region. It simultaneously created a carbon storage of 8.280 tonnes of carbon (tC) per 40 years. That equals a CO2-compensation of 714.150 Euro or 13.494 flights Berlin-Tashkent to and return (both calculations according to atmosfair.de). Additionally, the project turned degraded places into diversified habitats for native fauna and flora. A precise cost-profit-analysis of a change in land use was decisive for the project’s success. It clearly showed that pistachio cultivation perspectivly resulted in higher yields and proved more sustainable than current livestock farming or wheat production. A pistachio distribution centre, established within the project, is supporting interested land users with consulting, training and seedlings also after the project’s end. Farmers can also find information on the new website pistachio.uz/en/ .
Reed as Renewable Resource 2017
15. 11. 2016, 11:01 by NK
The conference week on paludiculture comprises a national and an international part, a day of excursions and a Sphagnum farming workshop. Submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations are welcome until 28th February (inclusively). Exhibition space for companies (machinery, building material, publisher etc.) and other organisations will be provided indoors and outdoors. Register for the national and/or international conference and for excursions at www.rrr2017.com and receive regular updates about RRR2017.
ReedBASE Project kick-off
14. 11. 2016, 12:35 by NK
Beginning of November ReedBASE was kicked off with a meeting in Odessa, Ukraine. Project partners from three countries - Ukraine, Moldova and Romania - met and made first contacts with relevant stakeholders. Now ReedBASE is ready for implementing a transboundary platform for innovation and the promotion of sustainable use of reed biomass along the lower courses and deltas of the rivers Pruth, Dniester and Danube.
ReedBASE’ funded in the BMUB Advisory and assistance programme.
Watch: peatland restoration = fire prevention!
14. 11. 2016, 09:24 by NK
The film Restoring Peatlands in Russia - for fire prevention and climate change mitigation informs about peatland rewetting as cost-effective fire prevention with additional benefits for rural economy, biodiversity and the environment. Drained and abandoned peatlands are extremely fire-prone as e.g. large scale peat fires around Moscow showed in 2010. In addition, these peatlands also cause major emissions of carbon dioxide. That’s why the German and Russian governments launched the project Restoring peatlands in Russia in 2011. The project, implemented by the Michael Succow foundation and partners, has since succeeded to restore over 30,000 hectares of peatlands in Russia and thus significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and fire risks.
7. 9. 2016, 13:50 by NK
After many years of joint elaboration the national focal point of Uzbekistan has recently registered the Rainfed Mountain Belt Reforestation NAMA at UNFCCC Secretariat. This specific NAMA (National Appropriate Mitigation Action) is the first submitted in AFOLU sector and the second NAMA of Uzbekistan! Climate change made current land-use approaches in the rainfed mountain belt of Central Asia ultimately unsustainable. Therefore the NAMA aims to establish sustainable and site adapted land use opportunities, e.g. agroforestry approaches with pistachio communities, which find support of the government and local farmers.
Experts from governmental, international, scientific and civil institutions developed the NAMA-document at workshops in Tashkent and Samarkand in 2013 within a project of Michael Succow Foundation and the Scientific-Production Center for Decorative Gardening and Forestry of Uzbekistan. Throughout several revisions it was supported by governmental ministries and bodies and finally submitted by the responsible agency for UNFCCC in Uzbekistan, the Uzhydromet.
The project was financed within the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ) GmbH. It was jointly implemented with the project partner Atlas Environmental Law Advisory.
New contacts for sustainable ideas
1. 8. 2016, 13:27 by NK
Nature conservation and peatland rewetting are components of sustainable development, therefore the ODB Brussels project office and the Internationales Bildungs- und Begegnungswerk Johannes Rau (IBB) invited the foundation to develop contacts and new projects in this sphere. On a two-day meeting in Minsk and Hrodna the activities of the foundation in Belarus were presented and project ideas in the sphere of paludiculture, environmental education and sustainable development were discussed. An outcome will be the draft of one or two project applications to the Förderprogramm Belarus of GIZ, BMZ and IBB, as a potential new project donors for the foundation.
Integrate peatlands into EU policies
25. 4. 2016, 11:09 by NK
“Peatland ecosystems are still suffering from the Cinderella syndrome” Professor Hans Joosten, Greifswald University stated, at the workshop coorganised by the Michael Succow Foundation, partner in the Greifswald Mire Centre, and Silvestrum. “They contain disproportionally more organic carbon than all other terrestrial ecosystems and emit enormous amounts of CO2 when drained.” Furthermore, they provide habitats for specially adapted and rare species strictly protected by the EU’s bird and habitat directives. And yet, when it comes to policymaking – climate policymaking, in particular – peatlands remain largely out of sight. This leads to poor protection and conservation.
Within the project Peatlands in the EU Regulatory Environment the Michael Succow Foundation and Silvestrum have assessed the impact of EU law — on the environment, agriculture, and energy — on peatlands and organic soils in Member States, with special emphasis on case studies for Poland and Estonia. They brought together senior officers from the EU Commission, Member States’ governments, NGOs, research institutes and cooperates to call for joint action to better integrate peatland management and conservation into EU policies as instruments to improve their status across Member States.