Biosphere Reserve Desnyanskyi


Biosphere Reserve Roztochya


Biosphere Reserve Shatskyi

Financing instrument
International Climate Initiative

International Climate Initiative

The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) was launched in 2008 by the German government. IKI has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and emerging countries, as well as in countries in transition.

IKI is a key element of the Germany’s climate financing and funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on adaptation and mitigation to climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.

There are four main areas projects covered by IKI funds:

  1. Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
  2. Adapting to the impacts of climate change
  3. Conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)
  4. Conserving biological diversity
Project Partners in Germany
Michael Succow Foundation

The Michael Succow Foundation (MSF) was established in 1999 as the first nature conservation foundation in the new federal state of Germany. In 1997 Prof. Dr. Michael Succow was awarded the high regarded - Right Livelihood Award. The price money was donated as base capital for the establishment of the Michael Succow Foundation, which aims to ‘Preserve and Sustain’ the Ecological Balance.

The MSF operates both on the national and international levels. It is engaged in the development and protection of national parks and biosphere reserves in the countries in transition with a special focus of post Soviet countries.

The work of MSF pursues the following main goals:

  1. Development and support of World Heritage Sites, National Parks and Biosphere Reserves on the national and international level
  2. Protection and development of Wetlands, especially Peatlands and Swamps
  3. Advancing the concept of nature conservation through Scientific Research, Ecological Education and Public Relations Work
  4. Promotion of International Relations in Nature Conservation and Ecology


Ina Rohmann, LL.M. (Master of Laws)

Project Manager



Anatoliy Smaliychuk, PhD Geography

Country coordinator based in Lviv



Jens Wunderlich, Diploma in Geography

Responsible person for project monitoring



Dilfuza Yuldasheva, MSc. Global Change Management

Research Fellow, organisational assistant


Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

Header: Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

The Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) was founded in 1830 as Forestry Academy and since then has a long tradition in higher education related to forests and forestry. Since the revival of its academic activities in 1992 at the traditional forestry and wood research location just outside Berlin, the university has focused on future-oriented industries and key areas such as regional management, sustainable tourism, nature conservation, forestry, organic farming, adaptation to climate change and sustainable business. With its 21 innovative and partly unique degree programmes in the four subject areas of Forest and Environment, Landscape Use and Nature Conservation, Wood Engineering and Sustainable Economy, it is one of the most high-performing universities in Germany. The HNEE is a pioneer of sustainable development teaching and research. It is the first climate-innovative educational institution.

The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management (CEEM) has been jointly established by Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany, and Writtle College, UK in 2013. It is a mechanism for cooperation and internationalisation bundling projects and initiatives under a common goal: "Learning from ecological systems for sustainable development"

The aim of the Centre is to:
• Promote and apply the understanding of complex systems and ecosystem dynamics to sustainable development, with particular emphasis on ecosystem management and ecosystem-based adaptation to global change.

This goal will be achieved through the following actions:
• Develop a distinctive body of research that has direct application to the needs of the environmental sector. Widen and strengthen higher education in the fields of environmental studies, biodiversity conservation and global change.
• Promote career opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate leavers through the continued work with various sector organisations.
• Seek and develop opportunities for working with a range of environmental organizations towards improved practices in sustainable development.

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Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch
Scientific Lead

Kevin Mack, MSc. Global Change Management
Research Fellow
Tel: 03334 657 126

Angela Dichte, B.Sc. International Forest Ecosystem Management
Project Assistant
Tel: 03334 657 283

Implementing Organisations in Ukraine
NGO "Desnyanskie Zori"

The Desnyanskiy Biosphere Reserve was declared in 2009 on an area of almost 73,000 hectares in the Chernihiv and Sumy region. It is located at the middle stream of the Desna River (one of the biggest branches of the Dnipro River) in the eastern Polesia region – one of the most swamped regions in Europe – and features the typical natural ecosystem types of the Polesia lowlands like rivers, lakes, floodplains, fens, grasslands as well as pine and broad-leaf forests in the Starogutskyi region. Moreover, the region is characterized by a low density of population and the absence of huge industrial centers. Agriculture and forestry are the typical economic basis with a considerable part of traditional forms of nature use.

The biosphere reserve includes a variety of other protected area types as a national nature park ("Desniansko-Starogutskyi"), three wildlife reserves, three nature monuments and the Ramsar site (Wetland of International Importance) “Desna River Floodplains”. These are reflected also in the zoning of the biosphere (see map), where the strictly protected areas are inside the core zones.

Another special feature of the region is its common, northern border with Russia. It is the only Ukrainian biosphere reserve directly bordering with Russia. On the Russian side there is the much larger "Nerusso-Desnianskoe-Polesie" biosphere reserve with extensive forests and the Desna spring and its upper reaches. Future plans for a transboundary biosphere reserve were in development but are currently on ice.

The work with the public focuses mainly on offers for recreational and educational activities. Especially supported by the NGO “Desna stars”, activities like joint bicycle rides through the biosphere. The since 2002 annually held ecological camp "Desniansky Dawns" brings together scientists, teachers and students to involve them in the scientific research. This also led to the development of a regional network of public involvement in environmental monitoring. The biological school "Desnaiskaya Liga Naturalists" and the ornithological school inspire young and old for ecological contexts and special features through the direct experience of natural ecosystems and species. Exhibitions, seminars and conferences as well as thematic events for schoolchildren add to these regular activities.

Functional zoning

Тotal area: 72,808 hectares

Core Zone (strict protection): 2,397 ha

Buffer Zone (scientific & educational use): 13,156 ha

Transition Zone (Area of cooperation / sustainable land use): 55,000 ha

NGO “Zelenyi Kray”, Shatskyi BR

NGO “Priroda Roztochya”, Roztochya BR

Ministry of Energy and Environment Protection Ukraine