German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Transfer projects of fellows 2013 – 2015

As part of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship, participants develop a project with relevance to the work of their home institution. Throughout the programme, fellows will continue working on these so-called transfer projects, applying the training received during the training modules. Highly experienced conservation professionals from the programme region and beyond provide guidance and technical input as mentors. The following list provides information on transfer project topics, as well as on the mentors. We sincerely thank the mentors for their commitment and voluntary support to our promising future nature conservation leaders.

Communicating biodiversity conservation in Croatian protected areas
Biljana Aljinovic, National Park "Mljet", Croatia

Mentor: Erika Stanciu (ProPark Foundation)

Human-wildlife conflict and capacity enhancement for better snow leopard monitoring in the Central Tien-Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan
Maksatbek Anarbaev, National Center for Mountain Regions Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, Kyrgyzstan

Mentors: Gareth Goldthorpe (FFI Georgia), Izumiyama Shigeyuki (Shinshu University), Andre Fabian (GIZ)

Improved Natura 2000 management planning on the basis of the CMP Open Standards
Csaba Bereczki, Hortobágy National Park Directorate, Hungary

Mentors: Axel Ssymank (BfN), Tibor Magura (Hortobágy National Park Directorate), Csaba Szigetvári (E-misszó)

Conserving High Nature Value grasslands in Hartibaciului - Tarnava Mare Plateau through local development activities
Andra Croitoru, ProPark - Foundation for Protected Areas, Romania

Mentors: Alois Lang (Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park), Erika Stanciu (ProPark Foundation)

Integration of forest and pasture management in Shugnan district, GBAO, Tajikistan
Manuchehr Fezakov, GIZ, Tajikistan

Mentors: Til Dieterich (freelance), Abdulnazar Abdulnazarov (GBAO SFA), Benjamin Neusel (GIZ)

Improved forest conservation and sustainable natural resource use through collaborative management in Childukhtaron Reserve, Tajikistan
Ubayd Gulamadshoev, Fauna & Flora International Tajikistan, Tajikistan

Mentors: Benjamin Neusel (GIZ),  Liesje Birchenough (FFI), Chloe Hodgkinson (FFI)

Towards sustainable forest management in Tusheti Protected Landscape, Georgia
Marine Kavtarishvili, IUCN Caucasus Cooperation Center, Georgia

Mentors: Mike Garforth (ÖBf), Ekaterine Otarashvili (IUCN ENPI FLEG II Georgia Officer), Aurel Lozan (ENPI FLEG II Country Programme Coordinator Moldova)

Strategic planning for awareness raising for snow leopard conservation in the Russian part of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion
Anna Kirillova, WWF Russia, Russian Federation

Mentors: Ioana Bejan (ProPark Foundation), Svetlana Shchigreva (Altaiskiy Reserve)

Improvement of a database tool to monitor and evaluate small-scale protected areas in the Czech Republic
Eva Knižátková, Nature Conservation Agency, Czech Republic

Mentors: Craig Mills (UNEP-WCMC), Ondřej Vítek (Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic) 

Assessment of current status of protected areas in Kyiv region, Ukraine, and identification of negative impact risk zones
Grygorii Kolomytsev, I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine

Mentors: Anastasiia Oleshchenko (Dipromisto), Olexiy Vasyliuk (Natl. Ecol. Centre), Vasiliy Kostiushin (Inst. of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences)

Forest wilderness in Poland: How much? Where? Why?
Monika Kotulak, Poland

Mentors: Zoltan Kun (European Wilderness Society), Paweł Pawlaczyk (Polish Naturalist's Club), Nuria Selva (Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Proposal of a new guideline for environmental impact assessment of wind farm developments in Croatia 
Vedran Lucic, Association BIOM, Croatia

Mentors: Dirk Bernotat (BfN), Krešimir Mikulić (BIOM), Tomaž Jančar (DOPPS - BirdLife Slovenia)

Towards the new Tentative List of natural and mixed World Heritage sites of Kazakhstan
Elina Maltseva, National UNESCO Man and Biosphere Committee, Kazakhstan

Mentors: Hans-Dieter Knapp (BfN), Roman Jashenko (UNESCO MAB Committee of Kazakhstan), Yuri Peshkov (UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office)

Evaluation of the biodiversity values of protected areas under the management of the Romanian National Forest Administration - Romsilva
Mihaela Nastase, National Forest Administration, Romania

Mentors: Melanie Bilz (Berlin Technical University), Dragos Miha, Oana Danci (both Romsilva)

Towards voluntary forest certification at Tianeti Forest Management Unit in Georgia
Ilia Osepashvili, WWF-Caucasus Programme Office, Georgia

Mentors: Barbara Lang (GIZ), Nugzar Zazanashvili (WWF CauPO), Andrei Ptichnikov (Regional FSC Office for the CIS and Georgia)

Monitoring programme for the Steppe Wolf (Canis lupus campestris) in Kazakhstan
Alyona Shmalenko, Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK), Kazakhstan

Mentors: Stefan Zuther (ACBK), Petra Kaczensky (Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna), Ilka Reinhardt (WBB Lupus)

Regulation on Afforestation of Degraded Lands in Moldova
Andrei Ursache, Ministry of Environment, Moldova

Mentors: Rolf Schulzke (Regional Forest Administration Kassel), Vitalie Grimalshi (MoE Moldova), Ghenadie Grubii (SFA "Moldsilva")

Improvement of the financial sustainability of Armenia's protected areas
Arman Vermishyan, Armenia at Caucasus Nature Fund, Armenia

Mentors: Lucy Emerton, Günther Loiskandl (both freelance experts)

Reconciling port activities and bird conservation in the Natura 2000 sites overlapping with the Port of Gdańsk
Monika Zakrzewska, Maritime Office in Gdynia, Poland

Mentors: Hermann Hoetker (NABU, Michael Otto Institute), Agata Gójska (Applied Social Science Institute University of Warszawa)