On May 17 2016, at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (MENR), a joint kick-off meeting between the parties of the Ukrainian-German project on the conservation of natural resources of Ukraine was held. The project is conducted within the framework of the German Financial Cooperation and financed by KfW Development Bank in the amount of EUR 14 million of grant funds. The duration of the project is 6 years – from May 2016 to April 2022.
AHT GROUP AG (AHT) in association with the WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme, Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds (USPB) were awarded the contract by KfW on behalf of MENR to carry out this project as implementation Consultant.
In 2012-2013 a feasibility study was carried out and, according to the results, the following target protected areas (PA) of the project were selected:
- Gorgany Nature Reserve
- Carpathian Biosphere Reserve
- Carpathian National Nature Park
- Synevyr National Nature Park
- Uzhanskyi National Natural Park
- Verkhovynskyi National Nature Park
- Vyzhnytskyi National Nature Park
- Yavorivskyi National Nature Park
Also the Meotyda National Nature Park has been selected as a target area but currently it is not possible to operate in that area due to its location in the occupied territories of Eastern Ukraine.
The main project objective is to improve the management effectiveness of selected PAs in Ukraine and to increase or maintain at a high level the acceptance of PAs in local communities. Four outputs have to be achieved to meet the project objective:
- Selected PAs hold the necessary planning documents for their development (such as updated area planning schemes, the so called “proekt orhanizatsii terytorii”);
- Selected PAs have the necessary infrastructure, equipment and personnel (according to the relevant planning documents, see above). Such infrastructure can be cars and motorbikes for rangers, uniforms for rangers, new ranger posts and repaired administrative buildings as well as information and visitor centers;
- The local people around the selected PAs accept the PAs as well as the relevant regulations and restrictions and benefit from investments in socio-economic measures in the vicinity of the PAs;
- The administration and management of the national PA system is strengthened through investments in selected areas.
At the moment, the project is in its inception phase: a team is formed, key tasks are set, relevant documents are being prepared, and connections are established between the participants. Please follow our news.