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Poltava region preserves most protected areas

We continue presenting results of EPL studies of lost protected areas. As we reported earlier, in most regions of Ukraine we found a large number of areas and objects of natural reserve fund (NRF), which were canceled for various reasons. Instead, a pleasant exception was the Poltava region. As of 27 July 2016, the NRF…

Lost objects and territories of nature reserve fund: Kherson region

As of 01.01.2016, in Kherson region the Nature Reserve Fund consists of 79 objects of protected areas with total area of 272,700.20 hectares. These include the biosphere reserves “Askania Nova” and “Black Sea”, national natural parks “Dzharylhatskyi” and “Azov-Sivash” and other objects. In the Kherson region, as well as throughout Ukraine, the beginning of the…

26082016p Russia uses Karadag nature reserve to replenish its budget

As we reported earlier, last year the Crimean Natural Reserve was transferred to the ownership of the Presidential Administration of Russia as a private hunting site.i The next victim of the annexation became Karadag reserve. Assets of the reserve were transferred from ownership of the Crimea to federal ownership of the Russian Federation. The corresponding…

tree1 How locals steal wood

EPL made the second raid to the forest areas of Western Ukraine to inspect forest logging and its legitimacy. This time we examined management of forestry in the national nature park “Hutsulshchyna” and the state enterprise “Kutsky forestry.” In this area we have recorded a large number of illegal logging done by local people without…

river1 Ground pine, sphagnum and the Cheremosh

In July 2016, EPL made first trips to the Carpathian region in order to reveal violations in the forestry management. The first object of the survey was Burkutska forestry of the state enterprise “Verhovynsky forestry” (Ivano-Frankivsk region Verkhovyna district) where we analyzed the situation with forest logging and its impact on mountain ecosystems. From Burkut…

The army has to come to the aid of national parks (video)

Just to remind that recently there was made a decision about the need to wothdraw the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the territory of the National Park “Oleshkivski Sands”1, where since October 2015 unauthorized military exercises had taken place.2 After the beginning of the armed conflict this decision was the first important step of the…

Untitled111 Lost objects and territories of natural reserve fund (1968-2016): Kyiv region

We continue analyzing the losses of natural reserve fund of Ukraine. Next is Kyiv region. Here we have identified the largest number of cases of cancellation of the protected status of the areas with the aim to enable tree cutting. To preserve the flora and fauna in Kyiv region, 194 sites and areas of natural…

Zhytomyr Lost objects and areas of natural reserve fund (1967-2016): Part 8: Zhytomyr region

We continue analyzing the loss of protected areas in the regions of Ukraine. This work shows the results of analytical studies of documentally proved losses of objects of natural reserve fund (hereinafter – NRF) in Zhytomyr region in the period from 1967 to 2016. As of 01.01.2016, the NRF of Zhytomyr region includes 221 objects…

foto_chornobyl False start of Chornobyl radiation and environmental biosphere reserve: the law has not been adopted, the decree does not function

The 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster was marked by the decree of the President of Ukraine “On creation of the Chernobyl radiation and environmental biosphere reserve”. This event caused a stormy debate both among experts and the public. Please note that this decree comes into force only after the enactment of the law of…

Diagrama Half of Ukrainian oblasts ignore the State Strategy of Regional Development

The Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of August 6, 2014 № 385 approved the National Strategy of Regional Development until 2020 (hereinafter – the Strategy), one of the strategic goals of which is rational use of natural resources, preservation of cultural heritage and valuable natural areas. In particular, Annex 5 to the…

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