June 2002. It was organised by the Environmental Club «Krai» (Berezhany, Ternopil Oblast) with the financial aid of the Regional Environmental Centre-Kyiv (REC-Kyiv) and organisational support of the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine and All-Ukrainian Environmental League. The meeting was carried out in Berezhany town and the Spiritual Centre in Zhukiv village, Ternopil Oblast.
50 representatives of the environmental NGOs from 11 оblasts of Ukraine, Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Kyiv and Sevastopol cities took part in the meeting. The participants exchanged their opinions on the following
- co-operation of the environmental NGOs, local authorities and mass-media;
- environmental education; and
- improvement of NGOs activity on river conservation.
Activities of the URN working groups and URN members, perspectives for integration of the URN (it consists of 56 NGOs and 3 personal members) into Pan-European processes including preparation to the 5th Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" (Kyiv-2003) were discussed. Participants made a decision to continue active participation in the work of the Organisation Committee of Ukrainian Environmental NGOs for Preparation to Fifth Pan-European Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" and to charge representatives of the URN with specific
In the framework of the meeting, a contest of photographs «River of my Childhood» was conducted with the support of «Minolta-Ukraine». Exhibition of photographs «Outstanding Trees of Ukraine» was on in the Local Lore Museum in Berezhany town within two
Main outputs of the meeting were as follows:
- approval of the Report on activities of the URN in 2001-2002,
- proposals to the URN Work Plan 2002-2003 with objectives for every member and URN in general, and
- draft position paper «Public Evaluation of State Policy on Use and Conservation of Water Resources in Ukraine».
Resolutions of the National Dnipro Forum of Environmental Public (Kyiv, 10-11 June, 2002) were approved. Environmental education concerning river conservation, raising environmental awareness of the Ukrainian youth, information and experience exchange among members of the URN drew much attention of the participants of the meeting.
Особливу увагу учасники зустрічі звернули на проблеми
річок Карпат та басейну р. Дніпро.
The participants discussed and approved a number of letters to the Parliament of Ukraine, Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine regarding consequences of mass felling of forests in river basins in the Carpathian mountains, protesting against completion of the Tashlyk Hydro Accumulating Power Station on the Pivdenny (Southern) Bug River, improvement of co-operation of environmental public and local authorities. Special attention was paid to problems of the Carpathian rivers and rivers of the Dnipro
The participants of the meeting agreed to continue activities on development of the State programme of support of the Ukrainian environmental NGOs and to take part in development of the position paper «Public Evaluation of State Policy on Use and Conservation of Water Resources in Ukraine».