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Project Title:

00043201 Renaturalization and Sustainable Management of Peatlands in Belarus to Combat Land Degradation, Ensure Conservation of Globally Valuable Biodiversity, and Mitigate Climate Change


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Project Objective & Brief Description:

The Project of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Ministry of Forestry of Belarus “Renaturalization and Sustainable Management of Peatlands in Belarus to Combat Land Degradation, Ensure Conservation of Globally Valuable Biodiversity and Mitigate Climate Change” aims to restore wetland ecosystem of 17 drained and degraded peatlands with a total area of over 40 000 ha, to reduce the incidence of peatlands fires, to create conditions for flora and fauna restoration. The project plans to develop a strategy for restoration and sustainable management of degraded peatlands, set up an integrated monitoring system for renaturalized peatlands, which will enable sound decision making on peatland utilization in the future.

Project implementation will contribute to meeting Belarus' international commitments under three environmental conventions – on biodiversity, on climate change and on combating desertification and land degradation. Furthermore, restoration of the project sites will provide hands-on data to assess peatlands contribution to climate change mitigation, as well as analyze opportunities for using emission reductions under the Kyoto Protocol that Belarus became a party to in 2005.

Project Duration:

04/2005 - 12/2010

Project Location:


Project Budget:

US$ 1,438,832

Major sources of project financing:


Project delivery in previous fiscal years:

In 2010: US$ 310,000. Total: US$ 1,399,400

MDG Focus:

Sustainable land management to combat desertification and land degradation

Designated Institution:

Ministry of Forestry of Belarus

National Coordinator:

Nikolai Kruk, First Deputy Minister of Forestry

Phone: +375 17 224 47 04

Contact Persons:

Project Office:
Tel./Fax: +375 (17) 2949069

National Coordinator - Alexander Kozulin

Information officer - Alexei Tchistodarski

Manager -Olga Chabrovskaya

Assistant Manager - Olga Stepanyuk

UNDP Programme Officer: Mr. Igor Tchoulba

Project Document:

Project Document

Project Reports/Publications:


The following results have been achieved under the Project in 2010

The following results have been achieved under the Project

Project Press Releases:

23 April 2010 | International Mother Earth Day Marked by Environmental Actions with the Participation of the United Nations

11 December 2009 | Two depleted peatlands are successfully renaturalised in the Vitebsk Region by UNDP/GEF project

19 May 2009 | Obolskoye Peatbog Restored under UNDP/GEF Project

16 March 2009 | Works on Renaturalisation of Morochno Mire Hydrological Regime Completed

23 June 2008 | Peatlands Restoration Project Demonstrates the First Results

17 October 2007 | Construction of Water Regulating Facilities to Restore Depleted Peatlands has Started

13 April 2006 | UNDP to help rehabilitate Belarusian peatlands


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