Desnianskyi Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Desnyanskyi

Roztochya Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Roztochya

Shatskyi Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Shatskyi

Project Partners

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
Michael Succow Foundation building © 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
Nika Malazonia
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
© Berit Künzelmann

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: +49 (0)3334 657 126

Judith Kloiber, M.A. Sustainable Tourism Management
Project Assistant
Tel: +49 (1577) 7798078

Implementing Organisations in Ukraine
NGO "Desnyanski Zori"
© NGO "Desnyanski Zori"

The non-governmental organization (NGO) "Desnyanski Zori (Desna Stars)" was established in 2002, the main goal is to help the National Nature Park "Desnyansko-Starogutskiy" in the performance of its functional tasks, as well as activities aimed at greening the local economy.

The task of the NGO is:

  • promoting the coordination of efforts and exchange of experience in environmental, research, eco-educational, recreational and economic activities between the institutions of nature protected units, educational institutions, Ukrainian organizations, and foreign partners;
  • to search for scientific organizations and individual specialists in various fields of knowledge who are interested in conducting research on the territory of the Desnianskiy Biosphere Reserve;
© NGO "Desnyanski Zori"

Members of the NGO took part in the scientific substantiation of the formation of the Desniansky Biosphere Reserve, and in public discussions of the project.

For 17 years in a row, with the support of the NGO, an ecological camp "Desnyanski Zori" has been held for schoolchildren. During their stay, children are involved with research work under the guidance of invited highly qualified instructors representing the Institutes of NAS of Ukraine.

The motto of the ecological camp is "talented youth - nature reserves - eco-education - career guidance - reliable future generations."

Nature Reserve “Roztochya”
© Nature Reserve "Roztochya"

Employees of Nature Reserve “Roztochya” are united with the Public Environmental Association "Nature of Roztochya" (PEANR); the main purpose of this association is to study, preserve and conserve the nature of the Roztochya region, involve the general public in environmental activities, promote democratic transformation in society, natural coexistence of human and nature. The association was established in 1997 and has some achievements in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. In 2000, the process of creating the Roztochya Biosphere Reserve began, which lasted more than ten years. Members of the association participated in the scientific substantiation of the formation of the Biosphere Reserve, and public discussions of the project.

© Nature Reserve "Roztochya"

Public Environmental Association "Nature of Roztochya" is a participant in various environmental competitions, projects and actions. The Renaissance Foundation funded the publishing of the “Pearl of Roztochya” booklets about the nature of the region, prepared by the Public Environmental Association "Nature of Roztochya". In 2008, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands supported a project to preserve snakes in the region. In 2016-2017, Public Environmental Association "Nature of Roztochya" joined the project Implementation of the environmental measures to adapt the local community to climate change in the Roztochya region (Yavoriv district, Lviv region), which was implemented with the support of the National Ecological Center of Ukraine under the Climate Forum East II Program with the support of the European Union, the Austrian Development Agency and the Austrian Red Cross.

NGO “Zelenyi Kray”
© NGO “Zelenyi Kray”

In 1998, the NGO “Zelenyi Kray” public organisation was founded to unite the residents of the Shatskyi district who were not indifferent to environmental problems. The main goal of the organisation is to promote the protection, preservation, and protection of the environment, the restoration of a safe environment for life and health, the solution of environmental problems, and the promotion of environmental protection in the Shatskyi NPP.

The “Zelenyi Kray” has the following objectives:

  • Preservation and protection of the natural environment;
  • Reducing human anthropogenic effects on nature;
  • Education of people living in the territory of Shatskyi BR with lean attitude to the environment;
© NGO “Zelenyi Kray”
  • The acquisition of relevant knowledge on the protection and preservation of the environment by the local population.

The NGO “Zelenyi Kray” actively cooperates with students of the Shatskyi Forestry College named after V.V. Sulko and students, organises various environmental events. In 2007, with the assistance of the NGO "Green Land", a square was built near the Obelisk of Glory in the village of Shatsk.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine formulates and implements the state policy in the field of:

  • environmental protection,
  • ecological safety and, within the powers provided by law, radiation, biological and genetic safety,
  • in the field of fisheries and fishing industry,
  • protection, use, and reproduction of aquatic bioresources,
  • regulation of fishing and maritime safety of fishing fleet vessels,
  • forestry and hunting.

At the same time, ensures the formation and implementation of the state policy in the field of:

  • development of water management and hydro reclamation of lands, management, use, and reproduction of surface water resources;
  • geological study and rational use of subsoil;
  • management of the exclusion zone and the zone of unconditional (compulsory) resettlement, overcoming the consequences of the Chornobyl catastrophe, decommissioning of the Chornobyl NPP and transformation of the Shelter facility into an environmentally safe system, as well as public administration in the field of radioactive waste management, their long-term storage and burial;
  • implementation of state supervision (control) in the field of environmental protection, rational use, reproduction, and protection of natural resources;
  • implementation of state geological control, as well as in the field of ozone layer conservation, regulation of negative anthropogenic impact on climate change and adaptation to its changes and compliance with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol to it, the Paris Agreement.



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