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Bundesamt für Naturschutz

Transfer Projects

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.

Transfer projects of fellows 2020-2022

Development of a strategic approach to the management of regional protected areas in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Nadia Alekseeva, Directorate of Protected Areas of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation)

Mentors: Nino Natsvaladze (Department in the Directorate of PAs of St Petersburg); Stella Vareltzidou (Freelance consultant /CCNet, Thessaloniki; formerly Axios River Mgmt Authority)

Climate resilient management of protected areas in Turkmenistan
Maya Ashirova, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Turkmenistan)

Mentors: Aknabat Potayeva (Kopetdag Strict Nature Reserve); Tobias Garstecki (Freelance consultant); Rejepgeldy Amanov (Division of the Environment Protection and Hydrometeorology of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection) 

Making Strategic Environmental Assessment work for biodiversity in Croatia
Boris Bozic, Milvus-Environmental Consultancy (Croatia)

Mentors: Huria Ogbamichael (Freelance change management consultant; Berlin); Dr. Gesa Geissler (TU Berlin)

Elaboration of the roadmap towards the Code on Biodiversity of Armenia
Nona Budoyan, Ministry of Environment of Republic of Armenia (Armenia)

Mentors: Dr. Astghik Danielyan (GIZ Armenia);Dr. Lydia Slobodian (Serova, Washington, D. C.); Arsen Gasparyan (WWF Armenia)

Working with the private sector to promote sustainable finance principles in the agricultural sector of Kyrgyzstan
Maya Eralieva, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (Kyrgyz Republic)

Mentors: Ruslan Mamyrov (Freelance economist and natl. expert in TP topic); Dr. Timm Tennigkeit (Unique forestry and land use GmbH, Freiburg)

Promoting citizen science in protected areas and Natura 2000 sites in Zadar County, Croatia
Taida Garibovic, NATURA-JADERA public institution for management of protected areas in the County of Zadar (Croatia)

Mentors: Dr. Ivana Zubak Čižmek (University of Zadar); Anne Schierenberg (Nationale Naturlandschaften e. V., Berlin)

Creating awareness on the geothermal fluids related contamination of the Büyük Menderes River Ecosystem in Turkey
Asli Gemci, European Climate Foundation (Turkey), volunteer to WWF Turkey

Mentors: Sejal Worah (WWF India)

Relaunch and renovation of the visitor center of Golestan National Park, Iran
Siavash Ghoddousi, Institute of Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability (Iran)

Mentors: Delaram Ashayeri (Department of Environment, IRoI);  Julia Laux (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany); Dr. Mahmood Soofi (Department of Cultural Heritage, IRoI)

Developing efficient surveillance in the newly established protected area Debeli Rtič Landscape Park, Slovenia
Neza Hervatic, Municipality of Ankaran (Slovenia)

Mentors: Barbara Švagelj (Landscape Park Debeli Rtič); Mosor Prvan (WWF Adria)

Key ecological attributes for assessing landscape integrity of Turkey's National Parks
Zerrin Karaaslan, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks (Turkey)

Mentors: Dr. Şerife Sertkaya (MoE, Planning Division for Protected Areas); Gernant Magnin (Freelance/CCNet, Hilversum); Dr. Nilgül Karadeniz (Ankara University)

Nature conservation and hunting in the Balkans - bridging the gap in public perception
Luna Milatovic, International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation - CIC Hungary (Hungary)

Mentors: David Mansell Moullin (Coordinator, Sustainable Wildlife Management; SWM); Dustin Gilbreath (Caucasus Research Resource Centre )

Mainstreaming biodiversity into linear infrastructure projects in Central Asia
Rustam Murzakhanov, Michael Succow Foundation

Mentors: Bert Lenten (Freelance consultant; ex-AEWA, ex-CMS); Kirk Olson (WCS Mongolia); Mariya Gritsina (MSF/Research Institute of Zoology in Uzbekistan)

Effectiveness assessment of the Bird conservation team of the Croatian BirdLife partner Biom
Ivana Saric Kapelj, Association Biom (Croatia)

Mentors: Marija Jurčević (BirdLife Europe); Marianne Carter (FFI, Cambridge)

Brown bear conflict transformation in the southeastern part of the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains
Bogdan Vykhor, World Wide Fund for Nature Ukraine (Ukraine)

Mentors: Dr. Vasili Kostiushyn (Department of Animal Protection and Monitoring, National Insitute of Zoology); Kai Elmauer (Elmauer Institute)


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