National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU)

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Melnychuk, Viktor Pavlovych – Executive Director
Shulima, Maria Mykolaivna – Office Manager
P.O. Box 89, Kyiv, 01025
Office address:
Fomin Botanical Garden, Kyiv National University 
Kominterna, 1,
Kyiv, 01032
Tel: (044) 2386260
Fax: (044) 2386259
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The National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU) is a national, non-profit public environmental organisation. It was founded in August 30, 1991. NECU has 25 branches, which work throughout Ukraine.


To create a healthy environment and improve living standards in Ukraine. The activities are based on supporting Ukrainian independence, developing civil society and implementing the sustainable development of Ukraine.

The main purpose

To consolidate the intellectual and creative potential of Ukraine; to establish and maintain non-formal connections between scientists and experts on ecology, protection and environmental management, as well as with representatives of local authorities and public activists.


  • to stimulate the creation of active systems for environmental-protection management;
  • to conserve landscape and biodiversity;
  • to creation ecological networks;
  • to develop the Nature Protection Fund;
  • to participate in scientific environmental assessments;
  • to develop environmental education;
  • to publish books, booklets and journals on ecological and environmental-protection issues;
  • to provide scientific support to public environmental projects and actions, and realise environmental projects and activities;
  • to resist environmentally unfriendly technologies and projects;
  • to develop energy supplies;
  • to establish ecological network;
  • to conduct scientific ecological expertise;
  • to prepare and publish environmental books, booklets and journals;
  • to support and conduct public environmental projects and actions.

The organisation's experience and achievements

The list of NECU's most outstanding activities includes scientific evaluation, public awareness activities and support to the guidelines of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine. Among the most important scientific projects are the following:"An Integrated Assessment of the Azov Sea and the Renewal of its Potential", "Development of the Concept for Aerospatial Monitoring of the Vegetation in Ukraine", "Priorities, Concept and National Strategy for the Use of Nature in Ukraine", "Investigation of the Impact of the Chernobyl Disaster on Vegetation in a 30-km-wide Zone around Chernobyl". All these projects were implemented in close co-operation with scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

NECU took an active part in the development of the Ukraine laws, "On the Nature Protection Fund of Ukraine", "On Fauna of Ukraine", "On the Protection of Flora", as well as in the development of the concept for and the Draft State Programme "Conservation of Biodiversity in Ukraine".

In 1993, at the request of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, NECU prepared and published "National Report on the Environmental Situation in Ukraine, 1992". NECU carried out an international project, "Double green ellipse", developed the project for the foundation of the "Yelanetsky Steppe" Nature Reserve, and developed the scientific programme "Creating an international geographic system (GIS)" and prepared its implementation in the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve and the "Dunayski Plavni" Reserve.

NECU initiated and participated in the foundation of a number of important Nature Protection Fund sites such as regional landscape parks including "Granite-Steppe Pobuzhya", "Kinburnska Kosa", "Tyligulsky", "Prypyat-Stokhid", "Zgarsky" and "Dniprova Luka".

In 1995-1996, NECU, in collaboration with the Institute of Sustainable Communities (Vermont, USA) and with the support of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, successfully carried out an "Environmental TV and Public Awareness" project, which aimed to involve the public in the development of a range of programmes on environmental protection.

In 1995, NECU was a member of the National Organising Committee of European Nature Conservation Year. Within the framework of the activities dedicated to the event, NECU conducted a conference, "Urbanised Environment: Environmental and Human Health Protection", with the support of the Council of Europe and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine.

NECU carried out the following IUCN projects: "Conservation and Rational Use of Forests in Central and Eastern Europe", "EcoNet Development in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe (Ukrainian territory)" and "Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation of Steppe Biodiversity in Ukraine and Russia" (INECO). Furthermore, the organisation participated in preparing and holding the Ukrainian IUCN Constituent Committee Conference.

In 1996-97, NECU implemented the UNDP project, "Establishment of the New Regional Environmental Centre (REC-Kyiv)", in accordance with the agreement between the Governments of Ukraine and the USA.

NECU carried out an educational project "Live with us" (International 'Renaissance' Foundation, "East-East" programme) and conducted the national campaigns, "Living Water-96" and "Living Water-98", which were supported by the Administration of the President of Ukraine. The organisation directed a project for the Regional Network of Black Sea NGOs, "Development of rural green tourism in protected areas and recreation zones of the Northern Black Sea Region".

In 1999, NECU implemented a project, "Public Participation and Mass-media Involvement in Environmental Decision-making"; within the framework of this project, the work of NGOs in Ukraine was analysed.

The organisation participated in a range of state environmental assessments, and initiated the first public hearings in Ukraine on a range of important environmental issues.

In 1997, NECU was awarded the European Prize for Nature Protection, established by the J.W. Goethe Foundation (Basle). It was chosen from many rivals for comprehensive scientific expertise in all types of environmental conservation activities, educational initiatives and for providing practical support to other environmental organisations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. This was the first time that the prize had been given to an NGO from Central and Eastern Europe.

With the aim of improving collaboration between environmental NGOs and promoting their active participation in the preparation of the Fifth Pan-European Ministerial Conference, "Environment for Europe" (Kyiv-2003), NECU was an initiator in establishing the coalition, "Public Support for the New Environmental Policy", (see the ALTER-ECO website:

In June 2000, NECU organised and successfully held the International Conference of the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, "Conservation and Monitoring of Biological and Landscape Diversity in Ukraine".

In September 2002, NECU, with the support of the International Union of Nature Conservation (IUCN), launched the three-year project "Supporting the Development of a National Ecological Network in Ukraine within the framework of the Pan-European Ecological Network - Concept and Implementation in a Pilot Area".

In April 2003, NECU, in collaboration with the Fondazione Lanza (Italy) organisation, held the Fifth International Conference on Ethics and Environmental Policy, "Business Styles and Sustainable Development".

The NECU central office has implemented more than 50 projects and held more than 20 conferences and workshops during its existence.

Today the organisation is working on the following projects:

  • "Famous historic trees of Ukraine" (with the support of the Netherlands Embassy);
  • Monitoring sociological and social aspects of international financial institutions in Ukraine, as well as in Europe and Central Asia (CEE Bankwatch Network);
  • Ecological and social basis of farm fishing development in Ukraine (RSS).

NECU is an official member of IUCN, the Bankwatch Network and Climate Action Network in Central and Eastern Europe (CAN CEE), is Ukraine's nominee to the international programme, "Global Relief International", and is a member of the Regional Black Sea NGOs Network. NECU is accredited as an NGO with the GEF.

The organisation's experience in the conservation of small rivers

In 1996, NECU launched a national campaign on the conservation of small rivers, "Living Water", which was supported by the Ministry of Environmental Safety of Ukraine and the Institute of Sustainable Communities (USA). The campaign's mission was to draw public attention to the problems of Ukraine's small rivers. The campaign was supported by the Administration of the President of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine, Ministry of Environmental Safety of Ukraine, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and the State Committee of Ukraine on TV and Radio Problems. Two thousand five hundred leaflets and 500 press releases which gave analytical information on the state of the small rivers were prepared for the mass-media. The press releases were sent to various newspapers (central, oblast, local), and the leaflets were sent to almost all the environmental NGOs of Ukraine and to the state institutions.

Specially made programmes and short reports about the campaign and river-protection problems were broadcast on TV and radio. The campaign was supported by many people: approximately 8,000 people took part in it. They planted trees along rivers banks, collected rubbish, cleared streams and springs, conducted research expeditions, gave lectures, wrote articles for newspapers, etc.

In 1998, NECU, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Safety of Ukraine and with the financial support of the TACIS Programme, carried out a campaign, "Living Water-98" (Towards Clean Springs), with 17,000 participants.

In 1999, NECU and the Institute of Ecology (INECO) prepared the "Strategic Environmental Action Plan of the Ukrainian NGO Network on the Conservation and Restoration of Rivers", which was approved at a meeting of the Public Council under the Ministry of Environmental Safety on 22 September 1999.

In November 2000, NECU, in collaboration with the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, prepared and held the national seminar, "Public Participation in the Conservation of Small Rivers in Ukraine". Seventy-four representatives of ecoNGOs which deal with the conservation of small rivers, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the State Committee of Ukraine on Water Resources Management, the State Environmental Inspection of Ukraine, and scientific and research institutions participated in the workshop. On 19 November, the meeting's participants approved the "Declaration on the Establishment of the Ukrainian Rivers Network" (URN).

In 2001-2003, NECU took an active part in organising the annual working meetings of the URN.

In June 2002, NECU organised the National Dnipro Forum of Environmental NGOs of Ukraine, with a discussion about the environmental problems of the Dnipro and the prospects for public participation in the UNDP-GEF Dnipro Basin Environment Programme.

In October 2002, NECU organised and held the International Dnipro Forum of Environmental NGOs, when the International Dnipro River Network was established in collaboration with NGOs from Ukraine, Russia and Byelorussia.

During 2001-2003, NECU published five information bulletins on the UNDP-GEF Dnipro Basin Environment Programme, "The Dnipro: Partnership for Environmental Rehabilitation" in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

In 2003, within the framework of the "Save your River" Small Grants Programme organised by the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, the project, "The Provision of Information Support to the All-Ukrainian NGO Action, ‘Living Water 2004. Common Actions’", was supported.


Periodical publications of NECU:

“Oykumena. Ukrainian Ecological Review” – popular scientific journal. Published in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, nominated by the Supreme Certifying Commission of Ukraine; in Ukrainian.







“The World in Your Palms” – popular illustrated environmental magazine, in Ukrainian and English.

 “The World in the Palms of Your Hands” # 5 (pdf, 22,8 Мб)

 “The World in the Palms of Your Hands” # 6 (pdf, 16,4 Мб)


During its existence, NECU has published more than 30 items of scientific interest: essays, textbooks, manuals, and popular editions on ecology and environment protection, and has translated a number of items of foreign literature.


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