Project status: closed
Duration: 01.04.2008 - 31.12.2012
Project document: full text
The National Protected Area System of Ukraine (called Ukraine Nature Reserve Fund) is composed of more than 7,000 protected areas covering 3.3 million ha, which is 5.6% of the national territory.
The main functions of protected areas are: maintaining or increasing the area of certain habitats; maintaining or improving the dispersal, migration and/ or genetic exchange of certain species; restoring habitat quality; protecting threatened, endangered, vulnerable, keystone, or umbrella species; maintaining or improving hydrological functions; maintaining or improving environmental quality; controlling erosion; conserving valuable landscapes; maintaining biocenosis on radioactive-contaminated land; and providing interconnectivity with adjacent transboundary areas.
The considerable gap between financial needs of the protected areas and available funds leads to persistent threat to the biodiversity.
The main factors contributing to the problem are an insufficient percentage of protected land in the country, absence of the unified management system of their management, their inadequate management, lack of financing and inadequate legal framework regulating protected areas.
At the present-three protected areas (PAs) (Shatsk NNP, Pripyat-Stokhid NNP, Pripyat-Stokhid RLP) have been selected for the project’s validation pillar, due to the presence of globally significant biodiversity, and because they represent different management challenges (i.e. have different ecological, social and institutional landscapes) and are at different stages of development.
The project focuses on the whole PA system of Ukraine, which encompasses a diversity of landscapes. The project is designed to cost-effectively improve the financial sustainability, as well as individual and institutional capacities within the national PA system of Ukraine.
The project goals are:
The objective of the project is to enhance the financial sustainability and strengthen institutional capacity of the PA system in Ukraine. The normative solution will be pursued through the systematic emplacement of ear marked revenue capture mechanisms to complement budgetary subventions to the PA system, and through improvements to PA governance that ensure PA revenue streams are employed efficiently so that impact is optimized per unit of investment.
Department on protected areas at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine
Phone: 044 206-31-00
State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine, State Water Resources Agency of Ukraine, State Departments of environmental protection in Volyn and Rivne oblasts, Association of Protected Areas of Ukraine, All Ukrainian Nature Conservation Union, Shatsk National Natural Park (Shatsk), National Natural Park “Pripyat-Stokhid”, Regional Landscape Park “Pripyat-Stokhid” (Liubeshiv), Frankfurt Zoological Society
Global Environment Facility
Book “Botanic gardens and arboretums” (2010)
Photo album “Protected areas of Volyn” (2010)
More information on Project`s web site www.pzf.org.ua
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