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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Belarus 2018

Submitted by: Mr. Vladimir Koltunov
Conservation and sustainable management of peatlands

The project involves the conservation and sustainable management of peatlands in Belarus to minimize carbon emissions to help the ecosystems to adapt to climate change. It addresses the most critical problems of peatland conservation and management, seeking to demonstrate innovative approaches to ecosystem-based climate mitigation for wetland ecosystems.

Initial situation
Mires play an exceptionally important role in securing the stability of the biosphere, maintaining a favorable regional hydrological regime, and supporting inflow of water into rivers and lakes. At the same time, wetland ecosystems are among the most vulnerable on the planet. Their area is constantly decreasing both under the influence of anthropogenic factors, and as a result of climate change. The risk of degradation is the highest for open fen mires.

Solution
The project involves the conservation and sustainable management of peatlands in Belarus to minimize carbon emissions to improve ecosystem adaption to climate change. The project addresses the most critical problems of peatland conservation and management, seeking to demonstrate innovative approaches to ecosystem-based climate mitigation for wetland ecosystems

Innovation
The project piloted a technology of mowing in wetlands with new-for-Belarus models of equipment capable of operating on heavy-going and swampy sites and meeting the relevant environmental requirements for operations in the Reserves. Optimization of the groundwater level in Zvaniec Reserve has been implemented, which is an important element in reducing carbon emissions, adapting the wetland ecosystems in the project territory to climate change and sustaining biodiversity.




Capital: Minsk
Official language: Bearusian, Russian
Total area: 207.595 kmĀ²
Population: 9.503.807
GDP/Capita/Year: $5.800
Source: Wikipedia 2012