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Six year action plan

30. 9. 2019, 14:00 by NK

The Central Asian Mammal Initiative (CAMI) is aiming to preserve the region’s migratory species which is threatened by multiple harm, such as poaching, cutting of migration routes by linear infrastructure development or competition for habitats with livestock. To counteract these harms the CAMI member states and experts now elaborated a Programme of Work for 2020-2026 at its 2nd Range State Meeting of the CAMI member states in Ulaanbaator (Mongolia) from 26-28 September 2019. Fiveteen migratory mammal species, most of them IUCN red listed, are already subject of concern under CAMI. Another three, namely the Urial, Persian Leopard and Gobi Bear, have now been included to the action plan additionally. The plan is thought to enter into force at the next Conference of the Parties (COP 13) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in February 2020 in India. The meeting in Mongolia has been jointly organized by the CMS Secretariat, the Government of Mongolia, the International Academy for Nature Conservation of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN INA) as well as the Michael Succow Foundation, under the Central Asian Desert Initiative (CADI) with funding from the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).  

Threatened by mining and overgrazing

25. 9. 2019, 12:28 by NK

There are peatlands in the desert state of Uzbekistan! Researchers of the Succow Foundation, partner in the Greifswald Mire Centre, found them in the high mountain range of the Tian Shan, in the foothills of the Nuratau and along the Syrdarya river. These peatlands with peat layers of 30-70 cm have been largely unknown and are threatened by high-intensity agricultural use and degradation. The data collected during field work within the CAViF project of the Succow Foundation in July will be fed into the Global Peatland Database and will thus expand the global knowledge on peatland distribution. 

Attachée visit to KW

5. 9. 2019, 10:44 by NK

Environmental attachées visit the Karrendorfer Wiesen with Minister Backhaus (Photo: St. Busse)

About 30 agricultural and environmental attachés from 14 countries from Japan to Paraguay, together with Dr. Till Backhaus, Minister of Agriculture and Environment in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, visited the Karrendorfer Wiesen on 29 August. A great opportunity to show what succow Foundation, Greifswald peatland expertise and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have to offer: During a guided tour of successfully revitalised coastal flood mire the attachés were able to see and understand the significance of wet peatlands for biodiversity, climate protection and regional development "on the ground". At the research plots of the WETSCAPES project, part of the MV Excellence Initiative, and the mesocosm facility of the University of Greifswald, representatives of the Greifswald Mire Centre showed the current research. One week earlier, Elisabeth Aßmann, Chairwoman of the Agricultural Committee of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, had gained an impression of successfully combined peatland, climate and coastal protection, including innovative value creation, on the same site. Here it became clear that peatland protection and paludiculture must be part of a sustainable agriculture in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Obstacles were also addressed: Rewetting is progressing too slowly in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Planning and approvals take a long time.

Visitors from Ukraine

29. 8. 2019, 11:38 by NK

Ukrainians visiting reed fields (Photo: A. Haberl)

Peatland experts from Succow Foundation and Greifswald Mire Centre facilitated a paludiculture seminar for a delegation of representatives from the peatland rich Ukrainian Oblast Volyn and from the Ministry for Ecology and Nature Resources in Kiev. The seminar included field trips to Cattail cultivation sites for production of construction materials in Kamp. Further on the harvest of wet peatland meadow biomass done by farm enterprise H. Voigt at Lake Kummerow and the combustion of the biomass in the heating plant of the Agrotherm GmbH in Malchin had been visited. The fact that the Ukrainian delegation invited Greifswald peatland experts from Greifswald to the Northwest of the Ukraine for supporting Project development demonstrates huge interest. There they are faced with the challenge of privatisation of state owned agricultural land with a large extent situated on drained peatland. To meet goals of adaptation strategies to climate change they need to develop and attach a set of obligatory sustainability criteria for the utilisation of these sites. Paludiculture offers possibilities for that. – One central take home message for the delegation: “If to be used sustainably, peatlands must be used wet!” The delegation was part of the German-Ukrainian Agro-political dialog, implemented by the Bodenverwertungs- und -verwaltungs GmbH (BVVG) funded by the German Ministry for Agriculture.