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Ukraine: one year after the outbreak of war, EU support for the environmental and water sector continues with a focus on the country’s long-term recovery

Country: Ukraine
Component: Water resources, Environmental Data

Dnipro River Basin Management Plan

With support from the EU4Environment Water & Data Programme, national experts in Ukraine have started work on the final stage of the Dnipro River Basin Management Plan. A consultation was held with representatives of the Dnipro River Basin management bodies regarding the preparation of the Programme of Measures. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine has set up a working group with the participation of all responsible management bodies to finalise the 9 River Basin Management Plans (RBMP). The Dnipro RBMP will serve as a model for other basins.

Water accounting

Following up on meetings involving bilateral experts, the Programme’s water accounting experts are preparing a webinar for specialists from Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. The topic will be European approaches to water accounting and how to improve knowledge on water use.

Surface water classification standard

For assessing and improving the ecological status of water bodies, as required by the EU Water Framework Directive, a type-specific classification system is being developed for Ukraine. This must take into account biological quality elements (BQE) involving input from Ukrainian hydrobiologists at the Central Geophysical Observatory. A related standard drafted by consultants is being reviewed with European experts and will soon be completed.

Identification of nitrate-vulnerable zones

The Programme is also supporting Ukraine to implement the EU Nitrate Directive. A recent working meeting bringing together EU4Environment Water and Data Programme experts, the State Water Agency and national experts focused on the problem of determining zones vulnerable to nitrate pollution in Ukraine. This zoning must also be reported in the Dnipro RBMP. The Programme offered work together with the inter-ministerial working group and supports a proposal to classify the entire territory of Ukraine as vulnerable to nitrate pollution.

Corine land cover mapping

The Programme is preparing a kick-off meeting in Ukraine with parties interested in starting land monitoring activities in Ukraine. This refers to the implementation of a pilot project: "Creation of a standard European database Corine Land Cover (CLC) of the Carpathian region for an area of 27,000 km2". This part of Ukraine is also subject to the Carpathian Convention.     

Support for the Vyshgorod laboratory

The Programme continues to support the laboratory in the Northern Region of the State Agency of Water Resources in its pursuit of international accreditation by offering training, proficiency tests and guidance on meeting international ISO quality standards. Consultations are also being held regarding the need for a generator to ensure the uninterrupted operation of laboratory equipment during blackouts.

Revitalisation of water courses in Ukraine

Support from the Programme (OECD) has led to the development of methodological recommendations for the restoration of hydromorphological characteristics of watercourses in Ukraine.

The EU-funded “EU4Environment – Water Resources and Environmental Data” Programme, launched in 2021, aims at supporting a more sustainable use of water resources and improving the use of sound environmental data ... Read more




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