Ecology Ministry, OSCE to examine ecological state of river at south-east of Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ministry is interested in the extension of the cooperation with the OSCE to decrease the ecological consequences caused by the Donbas Conflict
18:31, 20 April 2018

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The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine and OSCE intend to examine the ecological state of Siversky Donets River, the south-east of Ukraine as the press service of the ministry reported citing Ostap Poltorak, the Ecology Minister.

‘I thank the Project Coordinator of the OSCE to Ukraine for the constant support and aid. Also, we have already begun to plan the future actions, particularly, together with the OSCE. The next project will continue the estimation and monitoring and implementation of the pilot project that aims to implement acquis (the legal concept in the legal rules system of the EU – 112 International) EU in the water sector provided by the Association Agreement’, the minister noted.

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The pilot project should begin the comprehensive assessment of the ecological state of Siversky Donets River Basin – the biggest water artery that is the first step in the preparation of the management plan of the river basin in accordance with the EU demands.

‘I think that is a good combination of the responding to the urgent needs and systematical reforms connected with the implementation of the Association Agreement’, Semerak noted.

Moreover, he reported that the first automated control point of the surface water of Siversky Donets River Basin at the beginning of April and it allows the possibility to monitor the changes in the state of water quality according to 14 indicators in real time.

Related: Ukraine in JCCC: Donbas on the verge of ecologic catastrophe

Totally, it is planned to open eight similar posts to control the water quality in the biggest rivers of the region until the end of 2018.

As we reported 80% of drinking water sources in the occupied territories of Donbas are not suitable for use due to high mineralization as Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs Yuriy Hrymchak claimed.

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