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Russia revokes reserves in Crimea

Some land from the territory of the Crimean and Yalta mountain-forest reserves has been withdrawn for the construction of government dachas. The status of the land, the area of which is equivalent to all suburban forests in Kyiv, has been changed from protected to recreational one. The Cape Martyan Reserve and 11 other national nature…

Forest regeneration felling or why the forest industry repeats its old mistakes?

A year ago, International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” wrote about a new scheme of legal felling of protected forests – forest regeneration felling. Unfortunately, the leadership of the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine has not made any conclusions regarding the situation around sanitary felling and instead of making order with forest regeneration felling it…

im210617_02 Illegal forest logging in Tsumanska Pushcha as a result of bureaucratic “ping-pong’

EPL continues to study the situation with forestry management within protected areas. As a result of this study we discovered facts indicating that, despite the statements of the forestry authorities, on-site unscrupulous forest management units continue to use all opportunities to log maximum amount of forest within protected areas. This time “the hero” became one…

One-third of protected objects in Kyiv are in fact not protected

EPL environmental scientists and volunteers surveyed awareness of land users in Kyiv protected areas of their obligation to protect objects of natural reserve fund. In Kyiv, there have been created more than 200 territories and objects of natural reserve fund, many of which are individual trees or groups of trees. Users of Ukrainian Wikipedia noted…

The authorities of the village where deforestation rate is the highest in Kyiv oblast protest against creation of a national park

V. Sereda, the village mayor of Plesetske village in Kyiv oblast, appealed to the head of the Kyiv Regional Council H. Starikov with the request to prevent the establishment of a new national park in Kyiv oblast. The creation of the national nature parks “Pryirpinnya and Chernechyi lis”1 was initiated by scholars and activists of…

Lost protected objects and territories in Zaporizhzhia region

We continuing analyzing losses of natural reserve fund in the regions of Ukraine and next goes Zaporizhzhia region, which has the most developed agricultural sector. In the region, there are 336 objects of protected areas totally covering 152422.9624 hectares. The actual area of protected areas in the region is 124242.9624 ha, ie 4.57% of the…

Why is the Ministry of Environment responsible for the massiveness of forest logging and how to prevent it?

According to the Forest Code of Ukraine, allowable forest cutting norm is “scientifically based annual norm of logging approved for every owner, permanent forest user by groups of species, based on the principles of continuity and non-exhaustion of forest resources use.” These forest cutting norms are defined by appraisers (PA “Ukrderzhlisproekt) and are approved by…

In Ukraine, there will be noone to create protected areas

Despite the fact that the expansion of protected areas is stipulated by the Strategy of Regional Development of Ukraine, in 2016 only in 11 regions there were adopted decisions to establish protected areas. Another four areas expanded the network of protected areas through the work of the Ministry of Environment of Ukraine rather than departments…

pic271 The Environmental Inspectorate does not want to protect “Chornyi Cheremosh” nature reserve from Verkhovyna foresters

In July 2016, environmental scientists of International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” surveyed the territory of Burkut Forestry of the state enterprise “Verhovyna forestry” and revealed numerous violations of forestry rules, the most significant of which is trailing and transportation of cut wood through the estuary of the river Chornyi Cheremosh, storage of logging remnants within coastal…

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