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Iranian forests outstanding

9. 7. 2019, 12:08 by RB

Iran‘s Hyrcanian Forests new on the UNESCO World Heritage List (© Morvarid Kamali)
© Morvarid Kamali

At an age of up to 50 million years, the Hyrcanian Forests in northern Iran have not only survived the last ice ages, but date back to a time when there was still an ocean in Inner Asia, not a desert, and the Himalayas did not exceed the size of the Erzgebirge. Parts of these forests are still pristine and have never seen an axe. They are still the retreat territories of many mammal species, including Persian leopard, Brown bear, Lynx as well as migratory birds but also a unique flora. The concentration of endemic species in these forests is particularly high due to the exceptional site and habitat conditions, which is why these forests are considered a biodiversity hotspot and reason enough for the World Heritage Committee to include the Hyrkanian Forests in the exclusive circle of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Through its expertise, the Michael Succow Foundation supported the Iranian authorities in developing and nominating the site since many years, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Working towards a UNESCO-nomination

25. 3. 2019, 12:01 by NK

The Kick off-Workshop of the project UNESCO biosphere reserve establishment in the climate-vulnerable regions of Kakheti in Eastern Georgia – working towards the nomination took place on 20th March 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia at the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. It was organized by Michael Succow Foundation and Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus through the financial support from the German Government (BMU) through GIZ and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. The workshop was attended by 46 participants representing relevant central and local governmental institutions as well as non-governmental and scientific organizations. The main objective of the meeting was to inform key stakeholders about the launched project, to agree on planned steps and cooperation mechanisms within the project. The stakeholders showed high interest for the Kakheti Biosphere Reserve establishment and confirmed their participation and commitment for the successful nomination process and beyond.

DESIRE kicking off!

3. 3. 2019, 11:24 by NK

Peatlands must be recognised for their ecosystem services! The project DESIRE, sponsored within the Interreg BSR, improves the management of drained peatlands around the Neman river to reduce their nutrient and greenhouse gas emissions. It analyses questions like:
What is the role of riparian buffer zones to mitigate nutrients pollution from agricultural lands? How to improve existing polices for sustainable peatlands management? What instruments and incentives are necessary to promote wet peatlands use? The DESIRE project will also provide practical guidelines for wise peatlands rewetting.
DESIRE invites intersted scientists to discuss these questions at its kick off meeting on March 20.-21. March at Greifswald, Germany (IBZ Felix Hausdorff Centre, Bahnhofstraße 2/3). If you are interested to take part in the kick off meeting, you may register per e-mail to marina.abramchuk(at) .


Persian Leopard in Ustyurt

14. 2. 2019, 11:37 by NK

New pictures from camera traps, set up during the November CADI-expedition, verify: The Persian leopard is still living in the Ustyurt Nature Reserve and seems to be in very good condition! The CADI-team is preparing the grounds for putting the Persian leopard on the Red List of Threatened Species in Kazakhstan which is not yet on the country's Inventory list of species. In addition, the CADI-team is developing an action plan for preservation of the leopard in Kazakhstan. The planned measures to monitor and protect the Persian leopard should not only save this threatened species, but also create conditions for the preservation of Ustyurt's unique ecosystem.