Maps and documents on organisation of the use of land
According to the studied maps and documents, lakes and ponds of
Kosivsky Rayon cover around 80 ha. However, it does not include natural lakes
and artificial ponds, located at the territory of forestry, and wetlands along
rivers, characterised by rich biodiversity. Lakes and ponds mostly are not
mentioned in popular topographic maps and maps-schemes. It is necessary to
clarify location of existing wetlands and their area - it became the goal for
Investigation and mapping of wetlands of Kosiv region was
In February-March 2004, 11 field trips to investigate natural and
artificial ponds and wetlands were conducted (project team included ecologist,
botanist, 2 zoologists and geographer). In addition, river network was monitored,
because rivers, wetlands, ponds and lakes are interrelated and make up one
natural complex. Flora and fauna diversity of wetlands was also studied. Three
natural lakes of different origin, 6 complexes of artificial ponds and wetlands
were monitored. The studies covered two thirds of the rayon territory. Based on
materials of field researches, maps and descriptions were prepared. In the
process of the project implementation, herbarium of water and wetlands plants
with 62 species was collected and is being processed.
Recommendations were developed how to conserve and restore
wetlands, protective benchmarks were installed
Based on conducted analysis of environmental state of Kosiv
wetlands, the following recommendations were developed:
- to control strictly use of wetlands for a specified purpose;
- to fight with poaching, environmental illiteracy, littering of the ponds and their
- to leave protective lines along the ponds, which should not be ploughed;
- to mention limitations, related to use of wetlands and presence of rare types of flora and fauna in privatisation documents;
- to reconstruct, repair and clean unkempt ponds;
- to strengthen river bank protection;
- in order to prevent riverbed deepening and to create favourable conditions for fish communities, to repair existing weirs and to build new ones.
Three posters, describing Lebedyne, Mertve and Banske lakes, were
prepared with short information about the lakes, including their scientific and
esthetical significance, existing problems and notes on their use.
and educational activities are conducted
Colour booklet "Gutsulshchyna"
National Nature Park was prepared and published with the circulation of 300
copies. Also photo-album was prepared.
Local press (newspapers
"Zakhid" and "Gutsulsky Kray") published articles about the
project topic. On 29 and 30 March 2004, radio "Niko-FM" broadcasted
the interview with the head of the project about the project activities.