A range of fieldwork research was undertaken
The areas surrounding the sources of the River
Prypyat in Shatsk and Lyuboml Rayons, Volynska Oblast, were
investigated. It was found that the environmental condition of the
area around the Upper Prypyat was not satisfactory, and economically
it was not being well used. It will be possible to create protected
areas in only a few areas around the sources of the river. Four
areas were inspected and found to have relatively undisturbed
natural complexes. It was decided that the most logical way to
proceed here is to create a hydrological reserve of local importance:
the "Verbivsky" reserve, in Lyuboml Rayon. Recommendations
were made to improve the hydrobiological regime of the sources of
An application was prepared to establish "Verbivsky"
The proposed reserve (192.5 ha) is located in a small
valley where one of the sources of the River Prypyat rises. The area
has retained both natural and semi-natural vegetative cover and is
characterised by a typical floodplain and various types of flora.
Rare and local plant and animal species are to be found there. There
is no doubt about the environmental value of the reserve, which
should include the most undisturbed part of the Upper Prypyat.
Within the reserve, land-reclamation work, mineral extraction,
forest felling and grazing should be limited and regulated; however,
haymaking should be permitted.
Scientific data justifying the creation of the
reserve was provided to the State Department of the Environment and
Natural Resources in Volynska Oblast.
A leaflet, "Let us Save the Sources of the
River Prypyat", was published and disseminated
Three hundred copies of the leaflet were published
and disseminated. The leaflet explains the purpose of and work
involved in realising the project and gives information about the
River Prypyat. It underlines the hydrological value and landscape
characteristics of the areas where the Prypyat rises, their rich
biodiversity, and the need to protect the water network. The leaflet
was distributed to the local population.
An information board, "The Sources of the
River Prypyat" was made and set up
The information board was set up in the Dubovets area
in Shatsk National Park (on an east-bank tributary of the Upper
Prypyat) in Shatsk Rayon. The board is on the route of various
proposed environmental trails.
Frankfurt Zoological Society (Germany) provided
additional funding to implement the project. The society has
actively supported nature protective activities in Western Polissya
in the past few years, including the conservation of biodiversity on
the Upper Prypyat. An expedition was organised in Lyuboml Rayon with
the aim of exploring the sources of the Prypyat near Gorokhovyshche
village. The creation of the "Prypyat Sources"
hydrological reserve of local importance (69.3 ha) has been proposed
in this area. Scientific data on the characteristics of the reserve
were provided to the State Department of the Environment and Natural
Resources in Volynska Oblast. In addition, the information board
mentioned above was made and set up near Gorokhovyshche village at
the expense of Frankfurt Zoological Society.