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Improving Opportunities for the Sustainable Management of the Ukrainian Azov-Black Sea Wetlands

Improving Opportunities for the Sustainable Management of the Ukrainian Azov-Black Sea Wetlands and the Mitigation of the Effects of Climate Change

 

The project was implemented in 2004-2005 years. It was aimed to improve opportunities for meeting Ukraine’s commitments to the prevention of climate change through the sustainable management and wise use of wetlands. The Ukrainian Black Sea and Azov Sea wetlands was used as a case study to demonstrate how appropriate management of wetlands can make a significant contribution to global climates by providing a carbon sink.

The objectives of this project were:

  • To improve capacity for the sustainable development and wise use of Ukrainian Black Sea and Azov Sea wetlands’ through making an assessment of their impact on climate change prevention; bringing together stakeholders in the South of Ukraine to introduce integrated coastal management; building a network for the sustainable management of wetlands, encouraging wise use and biodiversity conservation involving professional institutions, regional and local governments and NGOs.
  • To facilitate the implementation in Ukraine of the Environment Strategy for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) adopted by the Kiev Environment for Europe conference through raising awareness of the value of the Ukrainian Black Sea and Azov Sea wetlands as a carbon sink and making recommendations on their sustainable management and wise use to contribute to climate change prevention.
  • To develop a participatory approach for the Ukrainian Black Sea and Azov wetlands’ sustainable management and biodiversity conservation. Increasing public access to information about risks and negative impacts on climate change, the environment, agriculture, public health and safety resulting from improper wetland management - thereby facilitating the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Ukraine.

Project area: the Ukrainian Black Sea and Azov Region including Odessa, Nikolaev, Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk oblasts, and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

Project office location: 3-a Gaidar Str. Odessa 65074 Ukraine.

The project was funded by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the UK Environment for Europe Fund.

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