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Peatlands at COP23 – 2nd week

10. 11. 2017, 10:47 by KW

Restoring peatlands in Russia is one of the largest on-the-ground peatland restoration projects in the world. It is successfully preventing peat fires and subsequent health damages to local people and simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The UNFCCC has chosen it to be one of 19 initiatives receiving the United Nations Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award as lighthouse activities. Wetlands International and the Michael Succow Foundation, partner in the Greifswald Mire Centre, will present the joint project at a roundtable event within the Focus on Planetary Health on Monday 13th Nov. from 13.00-13.45 pm at the Climate Action Studio. A special Showcase Event will feature the 19 winners of the 2017 Momentum for Change Award at 14th Nov from 6.15-8.00 pm at Meeting room 8, Bonn Zone.
At 15th Nov. the Greifswald Mire Centre is part of a high level event Good peatland governance to strenghten economic, social and ecosystem resilience organised by the Global Peatlands Initative. It will be the launch of the Rapid Response Assessment on peatlands at 4.45 pm (meeting room 10, Bonn Zone).

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Peatlands at COP23 – 1st week

10. 11. 2017, 10:40 by KW

During the UNFCCC COP23 the Greifswald Mire Centre, in which the Michael Succow Foundation is a partner, is contributing expertise on peatlands in several side events to raise awareness on their potential for climate protection. On 6th November Franziska Tanneberger talked about peatlands as sinks for carbon and sources for carbon emissions at the side event Towards a new compact on peatlands for climate protection. The side event was organized by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) together with FAO, UNEP, NABU and others, and started at 10.00 am at the German Pavilion (Bonn Zone). On 10th November at 4.45 pm GMC and Wetlands International are stressing the Urgent need for local action to sustain peatlands globally . Beside multi-national corporations, communities are key players in peatlands. They need to be supported towards adapted management of their land. Jan Peters presents Strategic environmental dialogues on Caribbean coastal peatlands, a project of the Michael Succow Foundation promoting coastal peatlands as protection against extreme weather events in the Caribbean. In the 2nd week of COP 23, GMC contributes to a high-level side event of the Global Peatlands Initiative on 15th November.
For further information here a calendar of important peatland-related events at COP23.


Winners of 2017 UN Climate Solutions Awards

13. 10. 2017, 16:58 by NK

The Michael Succow Foundation was most happy to hear: Peatland restoration in Russia is one of 19 winners of the United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ Climate Solutions Awards 2017! The project, conducted by the foundation and Wetlands International, is spearheading the restoration of peatlands in Russia, thus reducing the incidence of fires in peatland areas and the resulting CO2 emissions and smoke particulates.
Out of 460 applications 19 ground-breaking initiatives from around the world will be honoured at the UN Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn in November.

MoU extended

12. 10. 2017, 11:20 by NK

During the UNECE meetings on forests in October in Warsaw the State Committee on Forests of Uzbekistan and the Michael Succow Foundations renewed their expiring Memorandum of Understanding looking back on a long-standing fruitful cooperation. Currently both institutions cooperate within the Central Asian Desert Initiative, a project of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. In recent years several common projects were successfully completed such as Climate protection through pistachio cultivation and Protected Areas as Model Regions for Sustainable Development. "The MoU is of substantial significance as political agreement for conducting future projects of nature and resource protection in Uzbekistan!" stated Uli Gräbener, CEO of the Michael Succow Foundation.

Peatland restoration training

23. 6. 2017, 11:14 by NK

Planning peatland restoration activities needs special expertise and resources by local institutions involved. To build these capacities and highlight the needs and benefits of rewetted peatlands for fire prevention and climate change mitigation, a training was organised by partners of the Peatland Restaration in Russia project on 14th and 15th June 2017 in Nizhny Novgorod region. Experienced trainers from Russia, Belarus and Germany showed 40 participants from different key regions of European Russia in an interactive manner which steps have to be taken from the idea to implementation. These include legal, administrative, and technical issues but also sociological assessment and economic incentives to involve and convince local communities of the planned measures. The trained participants returned back home with a comprehensive toolbox which they can apply with further support from the trainers for the envisaged large-scale restoration activities of the PeatRus project.

New: CADI Fellowship

20. 6. 2017, 10:22 by NK

The CADI fellowship programme contributes to one of the outputs of foundation's project Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI)  – 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 programme is coordinated by the Michael Succow Foundation and will be completed at the Foundation in Greifswald (Germany) in close cooperation with the University of Greifswald. Exceptionally – dependent on the research topic – even other places at German scientific institutions might be eligible if there is a clear synergy with CADI project aims.
Application deadline is 16th of July 2017. The fellowship starts 1st of October 2017.

Two expeditions to Ustyurt

20. 6. 2017, 08:45 by NK

May 2017 was a very fruitful month for scientists in biodiversity of Central Asia. Two expeditions took them to the remote Ustyurt plateau, which is located in between Aral Sea and the Caspian Sea and covers vast areas in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The expeditions aim to update current information on species populations and distribution as well as trends of endemic species in this unique transboundary area. Experts in mammals, reptiles, birds and plants were part of both expeditions and were able to reconfirm the ecological value and distinctiveness of that region. They collected complementary data of several species’ distribution. Thus for instance, the Asiatic Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kulan) could be identified at places in Uzbekistan where it hasd’t been confirmed so far. The same goes for Urials' (Ovis vignei arkal) distribution in Uzbekistan und Kazakhstan. Some subspecies were identified for the first time in one or both of the countries, e.g. an agama subspecies (Phrynocephalus reticulatus bannikovi) in Uzbekistan.