Belarus: EU supports new method to preserve nature biodiversity

09-03-2017
Belarus: EU supports new method to preserve nature biodiversity
CLIMA EAST

On 6 March, the EU/UNDP’s “Clima-East” project implemented a controlled burning of dry vegetation in the “Sporaŭskae” biological reserve in Belarus. This is a new method of sustainable management of peatlands. It aims to protect biodiversity and prevent unregulated burning which is dangerous for the population, forests and farmlands and has catastrophic consequences for natural ecosystems.

“Controlled burning of dry vegetation is one of the tools aimed at sustainable management of peatlands. We use this method only for territories where it is impossible to harvest biomass, or on large areas,” explained Mikhail Maksimenkov, Scientific Coordinator of the Clima-East project.

The specially protected “Sporaŭskae” Republican Biological Reserve is one of the pilot territories of the EU/UNDP project “Clima-East: Conservation and sustainable management of peatlands in Belarus to minimize carbon emissions and help ecosystems to adapt to climate change, while contributing to the overall mitigation and adaptation effort”.

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Clima-East: Conservation and sustainable management of peatlands in Belarus to minimize carbon emissions and help ecosystems to adapt to climate change, while contributing to the overall mitigation and adaptation effort