Desnyanskyi Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Desnyanskyi

Roztochya Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Roztochya

Shatskyi Biosphere Reserve

Biosphere Reserve Shatskyi

EbA in Ukrainian Biosphere Reserves - Strategy Development Process

July to September 2020. The development of strategies for Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to climate change with Ukrainian Biosphere Reserves continues despite Covid-19 travel ban and restrictions (project being part of International Climate Initiative - IKI). Experts and staff of the three partner Biosphere Reserves developed an extensive strategic portfolio, covering all the main ecological-social system clusters of their respective areas. Strategy evaluation and rating schemes were elaborated during offline work sessions by the BRs and partners informing the ongoing strategy selection process. Currently, the Biosphere Reserves are selecting key strategies for climate adaptation and develop detailed operational and monitoring plans to include them in their upcoming management activities. The process also provides room to talk about future activities beyond the project funded by the German Ministry of Environment. Part of the task is also the identification of allies and where funds can be acquired.

Sergii Kubrakov (Desnianskyi BR) presenting and discussing the results of the strategy evaluation and rating

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UNESCO EuroMAB conference in Dublin, 2019

April 1 to 5, 2019: The Centre for Econics together with the Succow Foundation and Ukrainian colleagues participated in the UNESCO EuroMAB conference which took place in Dublin, Ireland. With 200 Biosphere practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and, entrepreneurs from across Europe, Russia, USA and, Canada fruitful discussions and exchanges of ideas, initiatives and projects have been made. For getting more detailed information on UNESCO EuroMAB conference, please click here.

UNESCO EuroMAB conference Dublin

April 1 to 5, 2019: The Centre for Econics together with the Succow Foundation and Ukrainian colleagues participated at this year’s UNESCO EuroMAB conference in Dublin, Ireland. This event brought together over 200 Biosphere practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and entrepreneurs from across Europe, Russia, USA and Canada. The opportunity was given through our currently ongoing project that supports three Biosphere Reserves in Ukraine in their efforts for an Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change. Through a series of workshops and field trips, we were able to learn about an impressive amount and quality of already ongoing initiatives, ideas and research that will be very valuable for the Ukrainian as well as other projects that the Centre is engaged in. We were also very proud to share our insights and become more active in the network.

Project delegates at EuroMAB 2019 hosted by Dublin Bay Biosphere (from the left: Kevin Mack, Anatoliy Smaliychuk, Angela Dichte, Ina Rohmann, Galyna Stryamets, Uli Gräbener; image by A. Smaliychuk).

We very much enjoyed getting to know and strengthen this valuable, highly motivated international network and sharing our ideas and experiences with engaged practitioners.

The network and conference reaffirmed the urgency and relevance of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change on a global scale. We were proud to share our project, which was received with high interest in both content and methodology and are sure to collaborate more intensely on the topic of EbA with the network in the future. We are not alone with this global challenge and need to strategically align our competencies and resources to improve our social-ecological systems outputs on a larger scale.

A very unfortunate and incomprehensible drawback for our Ukrainian-German efforts to contribute to the EuroMAB network was caused by two denied visa applications from Desnianskyi and Shatskyi Biosphere Reserves. We hope to count on more support from the MAB network and hosting countries in future events. Only by valuing all our partners as equals we can advance in our efforts to create a more climate-robust, just and sustainable future.