Conserving, Enhancing and Managing Carbon Stocks and Biodiversity in The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Conserving, Enhancing and Managing Carbon Stocks and Biodiversity in The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
field of work
Biodiversity / Nature Conservation, Climate Change
start date
March 1, 2016 
end date
December 31, 2017 
project initiator
The project objective is enhanced conservation and management of carbon stocks and biodiversity in forest and non-forest lands in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (ChEZ). The project aims to expand current use of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to encompass ecosystem values and in so doing provide ecosystem services to the benefit of local, national and international stakeholders. Biodiversity focused management is to be mainstreamed into the public sectors responsible for the use and management of the natural resources of the ChEZ. The project consists of local, national, regional and international scale activities which will contribute to development and implementation of an expanded protected area network in and around the ChEZ, and accompanying management processes in the context of a governmental commitment to expand current productive uses in the ChEZ to the social, economic and environmental benefit of all stakeholders. While the central focus of the Project is the ChEZ, officials from Belarus generally, and specifically from the Polessky Nature Reserve (Reserve), were involved during project preparation. The project has three substantive components and two additional components for project management and monitoring and evaluation. Component 1 is improved monitoring and research for large areas of forests, wetlands, and other habitat types and associated carbon benefits in the ChEZ. Component 2 is establishment and management of a full protected area network. The new protected area network will enable protection of biodiversity, mitigate land degradation and maintain carbon stocks in large areas of forest and non-forest lands, including wetlands and other habitat within the ChEZ. Component 3 will ensure mainstreaming of project results.
we are looking for
cooperation, publicity/visibility, Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center, Kiev, Ukraine
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