Experts expect tons of plastic to clog Black Sea by 2020

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Ukraine's Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, 45 unauthorized landfills have already been found in the Tisza basin
16:15, 21 September 2020

Ukraine's Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Roman Abramovsky

The Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine Roman Abramovsky said that there would have been more plastic in the Black Sea than fish by 2050, 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.

According to him, the bank of the Dnipro river is extremely littered with plastic bottles, bags, and leftovers. Waste is dumped directly on the shore of the country's main waterway. The scale of the clogging of transboundary rivers is particularly threatening.

After floods in Transcarpathia, tons of waste, most of which is plastic, enter the EU via the Tisza River. This year, after surveying the coast, 45 unauthorized landfills were found in the Tisza basin.

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As we reported earlier, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) observes the deplorable state of natural resources and the environment in Ukraine.

Its experts state that there is an uncontrolled shooting of animals by poachers (in particular, lynx, brown bear, elk) in our country. Populations of fish species are also declining.

"We observe a sharp decrease in the number of aquatic inhabitants. This is due to the transformation of rivers - straightening of channels, creating artificial barriers, destruction of natural complexes in floodplains, in particular for agriculture, sand and gravel extraction, and continuous deforestation. However, monitoring of freshwater biological resources has not been systematically introduced in Ukraine, and there is no action plan on how to restore the populations," the statement said.

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