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Transfer projects of fellows 2017-2019

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.

Participatory Management Planning for Mansour Abad Community Conserved Area, Iran
Hamed Abolghasemi, Rafsanjan Nature Environmentalist Group (Iran)

Mentors: Stefan Michel (Freelancer); Arash Ghoddousi (Humboldt University Berlin, Geography Department)

Enhancement of Nature Protection in the Iori-Mingechevir Priority Conservation Area, Azerbaijan
Konul Ahmadova, WWF Azerbaijan (Azerbaijan)

Mentors: Günther Loiskandl (Freelancer); Rovshan Abbasov (Khazar University, Department of Geography and Environment)

Developing a Foundation for Effective Management of Selected Invasive Alien Plants in Croatia
Luka Basrek, Green Ring Public Institution (Croatia)

Mentors: Franz Essl (UBA Wien); Sven Jelaska (University of Zagreb, Division of Biology, Faculty of Science)

Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services on the Local Level in Armenia
Alla Berberyan, GIZ Office Armenia (Armenia)

Mentors: Ulrike Troeger (WWF Germany); Caroline Wegner (GIZ Programme "Integrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus")

Approaches to the Identification, Monitoring and Assessment of  a High Nature Value Farming Indicator in Serbia
Jelena Buracerovic, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology (Serbia)

Mentors: Armin Benzler (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany)

Establishing Project and Programme Management Standards at WWF-Turkey
Selin Devranoglu, WWF-Turkey (Turkey)

Mentors: Sedat Kalem (WWF Turkey); Eileen Gehrke (WWF Germany)

A New Methodology for Assessing the Status of Landscape Reserves in Lithuania
Agne Jasinaviciute, State service for protected areas under the Ministry of Environment (Lithuania)

Mentors: Stefan Heiland (Technical University Berlin); Ruta Baškyte (State Service for Protected Areas under the MoE)

Action Plan for Conservation and Protection of Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca in Georgia
Natia Javakhishvili, Ministry of Environment and Natural resources, LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre (EIEC) (Georgia)

Mentors: Umberto Gallo-Orsi (Freelancer); Thorsten Harder (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany); Zura Javakhelishvili (Ilia State University, Inst. of Ecology)

Possible Opportunities how Ecosystem-based Adaptation Can Contribute to Meeting the Objectives of the National Adaptation Plan of Kyrgyzstan
Aizada Kiiazova, State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)

Mentors: Cordula Epple (UNEP WCMC); Azamat Isakov (NGO Camp Alatoo)

Birds under Baikal Reserve's Wings - Helping Visitors Identify and Appreciate Local Birds 
Olga Mikhaleva, Baikal Nature Biosphere Reserve (Russia)

Mentors: Vladimir Khidekel (Ornithologist), Igor Dets (V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography SB RAS)

Engagement of Local Communities for the Sustainable Management and Conservation of a Fruit and Nut Forest in Dashtijum Reserve, Tajikistan
Muqaddas Milikbekova, Fauna & Flora International (Tajikistan)

Mentors: Sejal Worah (WWF India); Simon Charre (Unique Landuse GmbH); Nicole Pfefferle (GIZ SUSTAIN-CA Dushanbe)

Economic Valuation of Recreational Ecosystem Services – the Case of Retezat National Park, Romania
Robert Pache, National Forest Administration - Romsilva (Romania)

Mentors: Lucy Emerton (Environment group); Dragos Mihai (National Forest Administration-Romsilva)

Assistance to Establishing a Biodiversity Monitoring System According to Multilateral Environmental Agreements and National Legislation in Ukraine
Olesya Petrovych, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (Ukraine)

Mentors: Vasiliy Kostiushyn (Department of Monitoring and Conservation of Animals of the IoZ, NAS; Jan Seffer (Daphne Institute for Applied Ecology)

Development of Criteria for Identification of the Most Valuable Old Oak Forests in the Kyiv Polissya Region, Ukraine
Andriy Plyha, WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme (Ukraine)

Mentors: Siranush Galstyan (GIZ Armenia Office); Olena Tarasova-Krasieva (WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme)

Increasing Member Engagement in the Croatian BirdLife Partner Biom
Paula Pocancic, Association BIOM (Croatia)

Mentors: Thorsten Harder (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany); Josip Gamberožić (Freelancer)

Conservation of Tugai Habitat along the Lower Amudarya River, Uzbekistan: Threats, Challenges and Action
Jakonghir Talipov, State committee for Ecology and Environment protection of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan)

Mentors: Alisher Shukurov (Office of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO/UN) Uzbekistan); Niels Thevs (ICRAF)

Assessment of Monitoring Programmes of Protected Areas in Georgia
Mariam Tatarashvili, Agency of Protected Areas (Georgia)

Mentors: Stefanie Stenzel (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany); Nugzar Zazanashvili (WWF Caucasus); Paata Shanshiashvili (U.S DoI, ITAP)

Using Movement Analysis to Calculate Habitat Gain of Asiatic Wild Ass (Equus hemionus) in Mongolia
Samdanjigmed Tulganyam, Oyu Tolgoi LLC (Mongolia)

Mentors: James Hamilton (Principal Advisor Biodiversity, Oyu Tolgoi); Sophia Linke (Consultant)