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Peatlands in the desert

14. 8. 2019, 10:28 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. 

Working fort he UNESCO-title

1. 8. 2019, 11:28 by RB

Back in Uzbekistan and profiting from the recent study-tour to the Belorussian biospherereseve „Pribuzhskaya Polesie“ staff memeber of the Uzbek Biosphere Reserve Lower Amu Darya could present their ideas for a future UNESCO biosphere reserve Lower Amu Darya in a UNESCO workshop. They spoke to responsible authorities, to the Uzbek UNESCO bureau, to the national MaB commitee, to a representative of the  UNESCO headquarter in Paris and a Russian MaB-member. They agreed on next steps towards a official recognition of the biospherereserve Lower Amu Darya. The workshop was organised by the UNESCO bureau Uzbekistan and the Succow Foundation.

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.