"Ruthenia" Carpathian Ecological Club, Uzhgorod city

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Kovalchuk, Natalia Egorivna
P.O. Box 11, Uzhgorod city,
Zakarpatska Oblast, 88018
Tel: (03122) 32354
Fax: (03122) 32014
E-mail: ruthenia@cec.uzhgorod.ua
www: http://ruthenia.iatp.org.ua/
Member of organisation
Andriy Kovalchuk


To promote public scientific activities on environmental protection in the Carpathian region, aimed at research, resource conservation and enhancement of the biodiversity of the natural ecosystems.

Main areas of activity

  • conducting scientific and organisational meetings, conferences, councils, symposiums, as well as consultations, scientific and educational excursions, exhibitions, lectures and preparing reports, etc.;
  • raising the skills of the club members by visits abroad, carrying out research work, implementing the recommendations of scientific projects.
  • carrying out activities to solve environmental problems, making environmental forecasts and preparing expert reports with the use of modern science and technology, including computer technologies;
  • providing information and practical support to organisations and institutions involved in resource conservation and environmental protection.

The organisation's experience in the conservation of small rivers

In 1993-1996, "Ruthenia" carried out a project entitled "Upper Tysa: cooperation between Hungarian, Romanian, Slovakian and Ukrainian public organizations" with the support of the Regional Environmental Center. Its aim was to develop proposals to create an international nature reserve in the Upper Tysa basin. The project was carried out in Zakarpatska Oblast - in Beregivsky, Vynogradivsky, Khustsky, Tyachivsky and Rakhivsky Rayons on the Rivers Chorna Tysa, Bila Tysa and Tysa; 10 people participated in the activity. Research, educational and publicity work were carried out as part of the project, and collaboration with the mass-media was established aimed at preparing publications about the problems of the Tysa. The following activities were carried out:

  • preparing the scientific background to the project, “The Upper Tysa from the city of Tyachiv to the village of Vilok”;
  • writing articles in the press and international bulletins (10);
  • participating in the 41st Working Meeting of the Special Committee of the National Parks and Territories Protected by IUCN (Hungary, 1993);
  • participating in the international conferences: “Eastern Carpathian fauna: current situation and protection” (Ukraine, Uzhgorod, 1993), “Ecological basis for optimising the system of protection and sustainable use of the Nature Protection Fund” (Ukraine, Rakhiv, 1993), “First Conference: The environment of the Carpathian Euroregion CERECO’94” (Ukraine, Uzhgorod, 1994), “The 46th science and technology conference of the Ukrainian State Forest Engineering University” (Ukraine, Lviv, 1994), “Anthropogenisation and the environment in rural areas” (Romania, Satoralyaugel, 1994), “The first international and regional conference on environmental development” (Hungary, Niredgaza, 1996);
  • participating in press conferences for the mass media;
  • participating in making two posters and the video film, “Upper Tysa”.

In 1997-1998, "Ruthenia" carried out a project, "Upper Tysa Valley: collaboration between NGOs from Hungary, Romania and Ukraine in the preparation of a rationale for the designation of a transboundary wetland area that has reserve potential" with the support the Ramsar Small Grants Fund, Switzerland, the Regional Environmental Centre and the "Regional Water Activities" organisation, Hungary. The aim was to provide a rationale for creating an international nature reserve, with an area of approximately 140,000 ha, in the basin of the River Tysa, which would become an important part of the Pan-European Ecological Network. The project was implemented in Zakarpatska Oblast, Tyachivsky and Rakhivsky Rayons, on the Rivers Chorna Tysa, Bila Tysa and Tysa, with 10 people participating. The project included research and educational activities, participating in international conferences and speaking on the problem, co-operating with the mass-media, and writing papers on the problems of the Tysa for publication in the international media. The activities were as follows:

  • preparation of a scientifically-based rationale for the proposal "Upper Tysa from its source to the city of Tyachiv";
  • publications in the press about nine animal species from the Red Data Book of Ukraine;
  • participating in the Second International Conference "The Environment of the Carpathian Euro-region CERECO '97" (Hungary, Mishkolz, 1997);
  • participating in the preparation of the monograph "Tysa/The Upper Tysa Valley" (in English, six articles).

In June 1999, two representatives from "Ruthenia" participated in an international conference on the problems of transboundary rivers. The conference took place in Wageningen, The Netherlands, and was aimed at preparing a project to create a national park on the area between the Rivers Tysa and Latorytsya. Together with NGO representatives from Slovakia and Hungary, a project was developed to establish the national park, and proposals were submitted to the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In October 1999, a representative of "Ruthenia" participated in the international conference and NGO forum "Biodiversity Conservation in the Dniester River Basin". The conference took place in Chisinau, Moldova. A report was presented on the rivers of the Upper Dniester basin on Ukrainian territory and their role in the formation of biodiversity in the Dniester basin on Moldavian territory. The draft of the By-laws of the TIRAS International Environmental Association of Guardians of the River Dniester was discussed. The report, which drew the attention of NGOs and experts to the importance of the Carpathian rivers as a fund of biodiversity for the Dniester, was published in the conference proceedings.

In May 2000, two representatives of "Ruthenia" participated in the Second International Conference on the Regeneration of Rivers "River Restoration 2000", held under the auspices of the RIZA Institute. The conference took place in Wageningen, the Netherlands. An oral report was presented on the influence of the Tereble-Ritsky reservoir on the environment and the associated problems. A poster was made on the problem of Chorny Mochar - a marshland whose complete 'amelioration' has resulted in increasing floods in the Upper Tysa valley. The report drew the attention of NGOs and experts to the problems of the rivers and marshlands of Zakarpattya.

In 2000, two representatives of the "Ruthenia" EcoClub, in collaboration with the NGO "Eco-Ecs" (Uzhgorod, Director: Olexandr Gerevych), participated in the implementation of the TACIS project, "The programme on environmental protection in the River Danube basin in Ukraine and Moldova". Its mission was to draw public attention to the degradation of the Tysa ecosystem using illustrative materials. The project was implemented in the cities of Uzhgorod, Rakhiv, Odessa (Ukraine) and Kagul (Moldova). Illustrative materials such as the poster, "We study and protect Tysa", and the pamphlet, "Tysa - the anatomy of a tragedy", were developed and published; they gave information on the environmental state of the Tysa basin and the consequences of the disastrous flood in 1998.

On 26-27 July 2003, with the financial support of the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme and organisational support of the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine, the "Ruthenia" Carpathian Ecological Club held the Third Working Meeting of the Ukrainian Rivers Network. The meeting took place in Osiy village, Irshavsky Rayon, Zakarpatska Oblast.

In 2003, within the framework of the "Save your River" Small Grants Programme organised by the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, the project, "An Improvement in the Water Quality of Small Rivers in Densely Populated Valleys: Self-purification and the Range of Essential Related Activities: Eco-engineering, Environmental Education, and Appropriate Action on the Part of the Local Authorities", was supported.


Water resources conservation – an integral element of sustainable development. 2003. Materials from the Third Working Meeting of the Ukrainian Rivers Network, Osiy village (Zakarpatska Oblast). [in Ukrainian.] Uzhgorod. 64 pp. (pdf, 779 Кb)


The publication is based on the reports of the participants of the Third Working Meeting of the Ukrainian Rivers Network. In addition, it includes articles by scientific researchers from the Uzhgorod National University and representatives of the administration and institutions of Zakarpatska Oblast that supported the Working Meeting. The themes of the papers are: nature-protection policy, water resources conservation, practical protection of aquatic areas, nature biodiversity protection and rehabilitation, monitoring of aquatic ecosystems, nature protection and education.


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