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"
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
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: www.alter-eco.org.ua/).
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
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
Today the organisation is working on the following
- "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
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.