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The ‘Bog’ (God) River Basin / Yevgen Vorona, Oksana Kyrylyach, Oleksandr Maksymenyuk, Gennadii Marushevskyi, Dmytro Yavorskyi, Olena Yavorska. – Vinnytsya – Kyiv: Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, 2009. — 128 pp.(pdf 9,6 Mb)

The book gives a comprehensive description of the Southern Bug River Basin. It contains information about origin of the river name “Bog” and its natural conditions, short description of the river itself and its tributaries, information about geology, climate, landscapes, animals and plants, stories about history and modern economic development, short description of main settlements, environmental problems and ways to solve them. The book informs about nature protection areas and activities of environmental NGOs. It also includes children’s drawings and essays. The book is targeted to all people, interested in learning of native culture and nature and concerned about the destiny of the Southern Bug River.

Dnipro River Ecological Corridor / Kyiv: Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, 2008. — 340 pp. (pdf 8,9 Mb)

Dnipro River Ecological Corridor. This publication contains materials of the intersectoral seminar 'Dnipro Ecological Corridor: Modern State, Problems and Perspectives' held on 2–3 April 2007 in Kyiv. The proceedings is destined for specialists in biodiversity conservation and econet development, nature conservation authorities, administrations of protected areas, regional and local authorities, scientists, educators and representatives of environmental NGOs.

Biodiversity Conservation and Econet Development: Information Handbook / Gennadii Marushevskyi, Victor Melnichuk, Vasiliy Kostushin [In Ukrainian] - Kyiv: Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, 2008. – 168pp. (rar 26,2 Mb)

Biodiversity conservation and related econet development in Ukraine is urgent. It needs stakeholder involvement in decision-making processes including specialists in nature conservation. Currently in Ukraine, there is a shortage of information on theses issues that can support environmental education as well aspractical nature conservation activities. This is an important gap if stakeholder engagement is to be improved. This information handbook aims to fill this gap. The handbook contains three chapters on biodiversity conservation, econet development and legal aspects of biodiversity conservation. It is a part of a larger information pack that also includes a reference CD with further documents and information materials on biodiversity conservation and econet development.

Biodiversity Conservation, Econet Development and Integrated River Basin Management: Handbook for teachers and environmental NGOs/ Georgii Kobenyok, Olena Zakorko, Gennadii Marushevskyi [In Ukrainian] - Kyiv: Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, 2007. – 47 pp. (pdf 4,7 Mb)

The handbook contains 15 lessons on biodiversity conservation, econet development and integrated river basin management as well as a glossary. It is a part of educational toolkit that contains a CD with lessons and their Power Point presentations, scenarios of environmental out-of-class and out-of-school lessons, environmental games, contests, poems, stories and fairy tales. The handbook is destined for teachers, leaders of environmental and naturalistic centers and representatives of environmental NGOs.

Merry Ant Hill: School&book on environmental education for schoolchildren / Kobenyok G. V. [In Ukrainian] - Kyiv: Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, 2007. – 47 pp. (pdf 3 Mb)

This publication contains environment orientated games, which can be conducted indoors and out& doors (during lessons or in spare time). Playing environmental games promotes the attainment of the following related educational objectives: 1) cognitive (extending knowledge about biodiversity and its significance, formation of a holistic environmental overview); 2) developmental (ability to critically evaluate situations caused by anthropogenic impact on the environment); 3) educational (increasing public responsibility for the state of the environment, adopting rules of conduct in nature). The school&book is destined for teachers, leaders of children organizations, educators in children's camps and NGO representatives.

Living Ukraine: Ecological Journal #3-4’ 2007(pdf 3 Mb)

Save Your River. The Results of Implementing a Small Grants Programme / Edited by Gennadiy Marushevsky. [In Ukrainian and English.] - Кyiv: Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, 2005. - 112 pp. (pdf 13 Mb)

In 2003-2004, the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme implemented the "Save Your River" Small Grants Programme. The publication contains descriptions of 28 projects implemented by members of Ukrainian Rivers Network (it is a volunteer association of NGOs, citizens and local communities) in the framework of the Small Grants Programme. Key elements, contributing to the success of the Programme were practical activities in river conservation, involving young people and children; increasing the awareness of the local population; publishing and disseminating informative materials, and co-operating with local authorities.

Public Participation in the Conservation of Small Rivers: A Training Manual. [In Ukrainian]. – Кyiv: Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, 2005. – 380 pp. + 8 full-coloured illustrated pages (pdf 8212 Kb)

This publication contains materials from the training course entitled "Public Participation in the Conservation of Small Rivers". The course was developed by the Institute of Ecology of NECU and the Wetlands International Black Sea Programme for environmental NGOs involved in the conservation and rehabilitation of small rivers. In 2003 and 2004, members of the Ukrainian Rivers Network participated in the training course. The main topics of the course included: basics of river system functioning, life in small rivers, the current environmental state of the small rivers in Ukraine, regional variations in the economic use of small rivers, development and implementation of local environmental action plans (LEAPs), legal aspects of the conservation and restoration of rivers, forms and methods of public participation in river conservation, and environmental education.

Living Ukraine ecological journal (# 1-3, 2004) (pdf, 1.8 Мб)

The journal contained articles about the problems of small rivers and ways to solve them and articles by key Ukrainian zoologists on To explain the problems related to the state of the small rivers that play climatic, water regulatory and other important functions; dissemination of the information to the general public – activists from environmental organisations, schoolchildren, students, teachers and all interested in environmental protection. The ornithological and fish fauna and botanists on relict plant species included in the Red Data Book of Ukraine. The journal also presented a bibliography of articles on the rivers and wetlands of Ukraine and their biodiversity, published in the journal from 1998 to 2003. One thousand copies of the journal were circulated, and it was disseminated among NGOs, Nature Protection Fund institutions, other organisations interested in environmental protection, students and schoolchildren, and environmental activists.

Ukrainian Rivers Network. Bulletin. 2004. [In Ukrainian.] # 1(2) (pdf 1340 Kb)

Marushevsky, G.B. 2004. International Experience in the River Conservation: Public Participation. [In Russian.] Wetlands International Black Sea Programme, Kyiv. 80 pp. (pdf 676 Kb)

The publication contains facts and figures about water problems; descriptions of milestones in international water policy, highlighting the EU Water Framework Directive; the principles of public participation in Integrated River Basin Management; information about the activities of international and national rivers networks and partnerships; examples of initiatives and campaigns directed at river protection, conservation and restoration; case studies on the conservation of large and small rivers; information about environmental and educational projects and networks; and lessons learnt in river conservation and river basin management.

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 pp. (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.

Public Participation in the Conservation of Small Rivers in Ukraine. 2003. Proceedings of the All-Ukrainian Seminar and First Workshop of the Ukrainian Rivers Network. [In Ukrainian, Russian.] Wetlands International, Kyiv. 136 pp. (pdf 1328 Kb) 

The book contains materials from the All-Ukrainian Seminar "Public Participation in Conservation of Small Rivers in Ukraine", which was held on 17-19 November 2000 in Kyiv, and documents of the First Workshop of the Ukrainian Rivers Network (national association of NGOs working on river protection) that was conducted on 27-30 June 2001 on the banks of the small river Bystryivka (a third-order tributary of the Dniprо River), not far from Kamyany Brid village in Zhytomyr Oblast.

Public Evaluation of Environmental Policy in Ukraine. 2003. Report of Ukrainian Environmental NGOs. [In English.] Kyiv (pdf 679 Kb)

The document is prepared by the Organising Committee of Ukrainian Environmental NGOs in the framework of the “Program of Measures for Preparation and Conduction of 5th Pan-European Ministerial Conference “Environmental for Europe” for 2002-2003” approved by the National Organising Committee of Ukraine.

The Organising Committee included representatives of the Ukrainian Rivers Network (URN). URN members took active part in writing, discussing and editing of the report. This report was presented at the 5th Pan-European Ministerial Conference “Environmental for Europe” and at the parallel conference of the European Eco-Forum, which were conducted in Kyiv from 19th to 23rd of May 2003.


Ms. Lena Sommestad, the Swedish Environment Minister.

Let me start to say that when I arrived this Tuesday, I was informed about the "Public Evaluation of Environmental Policy in Ukraine", the report that we have now on the table. I must admit I was impressed by the contribution from the Ukrainian Environmental NGOs. Not only the presentation of all the facts, but also of the effort of bringing so many environmental groups into one report! We all know that politics is about solving disagreements. I know that you see the Ukrainian Public Evaluation only as a first step, but it must be an important one.

Citation from the speech at the Special Session between Ministers and Environmental Citizens Organisations (ECOs) on Environmental Policy Integration (EPI) at the Kyiv Pan-European Environmental Ministers Conference, May 22, 2003. 

Ukrainian NGOs Evaluate Environmental Policy

The Ukrainian NGOs made an unprecedented attempt to evaluate the state of the environmental policy in Ukraine ahead of the Kiev "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference. A year ago they established working groups to draft a comprehensive assessment of environmental policy and legislation, environmental management, the impact of economic activities, the role of environmental NGOs and many other issues. As Ukrainian NGOs mention such public assessment from the very beginning was a difficult task since public always takes a critical view on governmental policies. The 133-page assessment report indeed showed many shortcomings and gaps.

European Eco-Forum Newsletter, 20 May 2003 

The River Molochna – the nature miracle. 2002. [In Ukrainian.] Melitopol. 100 pp. (‘doc’ 3964 Kb)


The book tells the story of the geological and biological formation of the basin of the River Molochna and describes the history of land settlement in the river basin based on data in the literature and the personal observations of the author. The stages of opening up the river's natural resources by humans and the reconstruction of its aquatic areas are described. Details of the flora and fauna and a list of protected areas are given.

Ukrainian Rivers Network. Bulletin. 2001. [In Ukrainian and English.] # 1 (pdf 600 Kb)

Derkach, O. M., Tarashchuk, S.V. 1999. The Tashlyk Hydro-Accumulating Power Station:a Mirror of the State of Ukrainian Society. The World in Palms 1(6): [In Ukrainian and English.] 14-18 (pdf 2073 Kb)

Kostyushyn, V. A. 1999. The Living Water Campaign. The World in Palms 1(6): [In Ukrainian and English.] 24-26 (pdf 2582 Kb)


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