The Third Workshop of the Ukrainian Rivers Network took place on the 26-29 June 2003. It was organised by the Carpathian Ecological Club «Ruthenia» (Uzhgorod, Zakarpattya Oblast) with the financial support of the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme and organisational support of the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine. The meeting was carried out in Osiy village, Irshava Rayon, Zakarpattya Oblast.
51 participants, including 44 representatives of 38 environmental NGOs from all regions of Ukraine and 7 representatives from local authorities, business and academia took part in the
The participants exchanged their experience of public participation in solution of problems of small river conservation. Activities of the URN working groups and URN members, perspectives of URN development was discussed (it consists of 72 NGOs and 6 personal members). The implementation of the main URN programme document – Strategic Environmental Action Plan of Ukrainian NGO Network on Rivers Conservation and Restoration was evaluated as positive in the whole.
The main decisions of the meeting:
- to approve the Report on URN Activity in 2002-2003;
- to approve proposals to the Working Plan of URN Activity in 2003-2004;
- to prepare methodical recommendations for local communities on river conservation activity using experience of URN members;
- to prepare methodical recommendations for local teachers on environmental education using experience of URN members;
- to prepare a report "Public Evaluation of Policy on Protection and Usage of Water resources in
- to approve activity of URN members in the UNDP-GEF Programme on Environmental Rehabilitation of Dnipro Basin and extend this experience to basins of other Ukraine's rivers;
- to strengthen public participation in solution of environmental problems in basins of Dnipro and Dniester rivers through establishment of basin working
- to establish a working group on legal issues and investigate possibilities to bring an action against people or bodies on river conservation issues; and
- to organise a photographic competition on public participation in river conservation.
Special attention was paid to promotion of basin approach development and definition the most crucial contradictions between state bodies and general public on realisation in river basins different projects having negative impact on the environment.
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 realisation of navigation waterway project through the Bystre channel in the Danube Delta, examination of the Dniester Convention and its adoption.
The participants also noted a low level of co-operation of Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Zakarpattya Oblast with local NGOs and decided to prepare a relevant letter to the Ministry of the Environment and natural Resources of
The Forth Workshop of URN will be held in summer 2004 in Sevastopol city
(responsible organisation – NGO 'Dobry Svit' (Good World).
The proceedings of the 3-rd Workshop of the Ukrainian Rivers Network were published by the Carpathian Ecological Club «Ruthenia» (Uzhgorod, Zakarpattya Oblast) with the financial support of the Wetlands International Black Sea
Wise Use of Water Resources – An Essential Element of Sustainable
Development. 2003. Proceedings of the Third Workshop of the Ukrainian Rivers Network
(Osiy Village, Zakarpatska Oblast). [In Ukrainian]. Uzhgorod. 64
p. (pdf, 779 Kb)
The proceedings were prepared on the basis of reports from the participants of the Third Workshop of the Ukrainian Rivers Network. The publication also includes papers by scientists from the Uzhgorod National University and representatives of local authorities and institutions of Zakarpattya Oblast that supported the meeting. The papers present topics such as environmental policy, wise use of water resources, recommendations for methods to conserve water bodies, the conservation and restoration of biodiversity, monitoring of water systems, nature conservation and education.