Country programme Belarus
Building the capacity of our partners is fundamental to the way we hope to achieve bird conservation worldwide.
- Build a strong and effective BirdLife Partner organisation in Belarus which is positioned to outlast any political changes which may happen in the country over the next five or so years. Transition to market economy and subsequent criminal privatisation of all national assets - as has happened in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
- Identify and protect Important Bird Areas in Belarus and engage in the restoration of the key ecosystem in the country ie peatlands, by creating a sustainable long-term funding mechanism.
- Save globally threatened species like the aquatic warbler (60 per cent of world population) and the great spotted eagle, by habitat management.
- Major GHG emission reductions will be achieved through the re-wetting of degraded peatlands in Belarus. These reductions will be accurately quantified during the project. At present, it is expected that 100 square kilometres of peatland will be re-wetted between 2009 and 2011. This will lead to a carbon saving of a least 250,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents over the same period.
- Preparations will be completed for the continued restoration of degraded peatland after the project. The short-term target for re-wetting in Belarus is 2600 square kilometres and the total area of peatland capable of restoration there is approximately 5200 square kilometres.
- Characteristic wetland species will increase substantially - for example, the globally threatened aquatic warbler (acrocephalus paludicola) and greater spotted eagle (aquila clanga).
- Implementation of urgent conservation actions in fen mires in Belarus. (2002-2006; funded by UNDP, RSPB, Michael Otto Foundation, Darwin Initiative, Ministry of Environment of Belarus).
- Identification and description of new potential Important Bird Areas in Belarus. (2002-2007, funded by RSPB).
- GEF PDF B project Conservation of globally significant biodiversity in the Pripyat river floodplain and on adjacent territories through wetland management and protection of key sites. (UNDP/GEF Polesie project, 2004-2005)
- Mapping of High Conservation Value Forests. (Funded by the Aage V. Jenson Charity Foundation and implemented by APB, Forest Task Force of BirdLife International, BirdLife Finland, OTOP, 2--5-2006).
- Building on EU experience in networking local communities and administrations in important conservation areas in Belarus. (2005-2006, funded by EU, RSPB).
- Development of regional groups of APB. (2004-2006; joint project with SOF, BirdLife partner in Sweden; donors SIDA and SOF).
- Enabling APB-BirdLife Belarus to play an active role in the process of harmonisation of national conservation legislation with standards set out by international conventions and EU directives. (2004-2005, funded by EC, RSPB).
- EC TACIS Environmental Education and Education Centres Project.
- BMU Climate Change and Biodiversity Project (Restoring peatlands and applying concepts for sustainable management in Belarus).