Desnyanskyi Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Desnyanskyi

Roztochya Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Roztochya

Shatskyi Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Shatskyi

Ukrainian-German Cooperation

Project aim
Michael Succow Foundation and the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development joined forces for proposing a project that would benefit three Ukrainian biosphere reserves: Desna, Shatsk and Roztochya.  The goal is to integrate an EbA-informed approach to national and regional planning and action, leading to better adapted land-use and wide-ranging sustainable development.
The International Climate Initiative of German government is funding this project since August 2018. The duration of the project, now implemented by the partners and under the auspices of the Biosphere.Center is three years.
 
Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to climate change and regional sustainable development by empowerment of Ukrainian Biosphere Reserves
 
The expected outcome is to empower the three biosphere reserves in three different ecoregions – Desnianskyi, Roztochya and West Polesie – for becoming role models that catalyze the introduction of a new type of participatory and adaptive ecosystem management in the wider landscape.
 
Beneficiaries and target groups
The project targets a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. inhabitants, land users, administration staff of the Biosphere Reserves, and downstream ecosystem service beneficiaries) as well as national and regional policy makers. Novel methods allowing for a strong stakeholder participation will be introduced and adapted to safeguard long-term benefits for all actors involved.
The biosphere reserves are empowered to interact with the population and relevant actors using appropriate tools and concepts and not only to moderate the transfer of knowledge, but also to act as a partner concerned with the interests of the population and the local economy. Of particular importance here is the possibility of financing and testing strategies developed in the region – an EbA innovation fund to awaken local commitment.
 
Project activities
The project was initialized with a series of stakeholder workshops involving diverse actors - from school children to foresters up to the employees of the biosphere reserves. The participants exchanged knowledge and discussed views on the local ecosystems and their services.
In the first half of 2019, spatial analyses were carried out. An expert workshop was held in Sumy from 15 to 17 May 2019, at which the results of the previous workshop were further developed. The output is a first comprehensive diagnostics of the area, including challenges to ecosystem functionality as imposed by climate change as well as a first inventory of potential ecosystem-based strategies for adaptation to climate change.