Recently we learnt about the intention to commit massive violations of the environmental law. In particular, a group of unknown people who call themselves “Excursion auto, motorcycle tours in the Carpathians” plan for the period of 20-25 August 2016 to conduct a massive motorcycle race in the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve (Reserve Marmarosky array: Berlebashka mountan, Lysycha meadow, Pip Ivan, White Stream creek, Chornohora reserve array, Sheshul mountain). More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1754302114848829/
According to the current law, nature reserve fund is protected by the state and is the property of the Ukrainian people. Damage to territories of nature reserve fund is punished according to Art. 252 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
According to the order of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine of 16.03.2015 № 80 “On additional measures on conservation areas and objects of natural reserve fund of Ukraine”, movement of vehicles (cars, snowmobiles, motorcycle – and ATVs, boats with engines of internal combustion, and other means of terrain, heavy machinery, etc.) in reserves is only allowed in cases where it is necessary for emergencies or activities that were agreed with the administration and are aimed at foresters’ performing their duties or conducting scientific activity. This order completely forbids to carry out any rally, races and competitions. Also, this order prohibits any events involving sound reproducing equipment.
EPL experts informed the directorate of the Carpathian biosphere reserve about planned illegal measures. In response to this, on 10 August 2016 the reserve administration issued a decree № 60 “On strengthening the protection of the Maramorosh reserve area” (attached) that strengthens the protection of protected lands from jeep racing.