Chronicle of struggle for saving of Danube Biosphere reservation
6th of August 2004
The channel construction in Bistroe estuary was hard criticized by Ecological
fund "Euronatur" (Germany).
10th of August 2004
The International Commission on Protection of Danube river in response to
treatment of "Ecopravo-Lvov" has confirmed its worry about possible negative influence of
building of channel thorough Bistroe estuary to environment of Black Sea and Danube river.
Considering that positions of Danube Convention require exchange of information
comparatively scheduled activity Comission as far back as December 2003 had taken the
resolution expressible the anxiety by this project, having required from government of
Ukraine to give information about possible influence upon environment. The grave was made
on necessity of the all-round estimation of the influence upon environment from
construction of the channel.
At the beginning of the June 2004 the Commission has directed the letter to
Ukraine once more again with the requirement to stop bottom deepening work until
undertaking the international estimation and discussing the influence on environment as
the Danube Convention requires.
In the middle of July President of Danube Comission Katerin Day (acted also as the
representative of European commission) and Filipp Veller (the executive secretary of
Danube commissions) had a meeting with undersecretary of the foreign deals of Ukraine.
There was contracted that all the information about the project and estimations of its
influence upon environment will be given to Danube commission for expert analysis. Danube
and European commission had got some documentation.
In the same time Commission asked to stop realization of the project until this
documentation will be evaluated. But it has not happened.
The estimation of these documents by Danube Commission has shown that it is not
enough for estimation of the harm to the nature and it do not meet the demands for
exchange of information according to Danube Conventions norm.
Danube Commission has declared that Ukraine has broken their requirements for
exchange of information in accordance with to Danube Conventions norm.
That is why given question will be considered at the meeting of working group of Danube
Commission in September of this year.
13th of August 2004
During visit in Romania Gerhard Shreder has criticized severely the construction by
Ukraine the channel through Bistroe estuary, having named it irresponsible action.
The Chancellor of Germany thinks of construction of the channel should be continued
only after it will be conclusively installed that project will not damage to Danube
Biosphere Reservation. By the way Shreder declared that his government couldn't forbid to
german company Moebius to take part in the project.
The Vice-chairman of Administration of President of Ukraine V. Baziv has done an
assumption that the statement of the Chancellor of Germany is caused by his lack of
information in given question.
(Yurii Gromnisky - BBC, Kiev; "The German wave" and "LIGABusinessInform" reported)
On the eve of visit of the Chancellor romanian newspapers reported that that
Bucharest does not except the construction of the new channel on its territory
Such construction of the channel can cause the water level reduction in ukrainian channel
whereupon it will become unfit for navigation.
(Yurii Gromnisky - BBC, Kiev; "The German wave" and "LIGABusinessInform" reported)
16th of August 2004
Ministry of International Businesses of Ukraine has organized for Romanian attache
the trip to the place of construction on Bistroe estuary.
18th of August 2004
The President of Congress of local and regional self-government of Council of
Europe Jovanni Di Stazi have officially voiced the anxiety in construction by Ukraine the
channel in Bistroe estuary.
20th of August 2004
The Eurocommission has spread the press-relise, which informed about its worry in
the construction of the channel.
Brussels is alarmed by this construction, first of all, because of that gets through the
territory of international reservation of UNESKO. The Commission worried that Ukraine has not done the all-round estimation and has not
conducted public discussion of question how the construction of the channel influence upon
According to conclusion of Eurocommission, the construction of the channel in this
conditions can cause significant and irreparable harm to ecological system of the Danube
delta.Brussels reminds, that hereunder Ukraine does not keep several international
obligations. In particular these are Convention about protection Danube river, Convention
about estimation of the influence upon surrounding environment in transborder context and
Convention about water-marsh land having an international value.
Romania applied to Organization of United Nations with request to appoint the
commission for study ecological the consequence of given project.
The Speaker of State Department USA Adam Ereli has declared that Kiev practically
ignored the precautions from USA, European Union, Romania and international environmental
organization comparatively construction of the channel through Bistroe estuary.
140 romanian organizations have conducted the demonstration in Bucharest against
building of the channel through Bistroe estuary. More than 500 persons, some of which
carried the figures of pelican and sturgeon, have passed to the ukrainian embassy
corresponding with the situation open letter.
26th of August 2004
Ministry of International Businesses of Ukraine directed to Romania and other
concerned party additional information about constructions of the channel through Bistroe
estuary at the context of using natural recourses in delta of Danube river.
To Romania were directed materials containing estimation of the influence upon
environment of the making the deep-water way Danube-Black sea on ukrainian area of the
delta, comparative table of alternative variant of places of the deep-water ship way
passing, scientific ecological-expert estimation and conclusion of the state ecological
Besides of that the information was received by others states and international
organizations potentially interested in subject familiarization with situation around
reconstruction by Ukraine deep-water ship way Danube-Black sea. There are Austria, Great
Britain, Germany, Bulgaria, Horvatiya, Czech, Hungary, Moldavia, Serbia, Slovakia, Russia,
USA, as well as Organization of United Nations,
NATO and Council of Europe.
President of Ukraine has opened the navigable way through Bistroe estuary.
The President of Romania Ion Iliesky has conducted emergency meeting with Premier
Adrian Nestase and some other Ministers. In result participants came to conclusion that
situation with opening of the first queue of navigable channel "Danube - Black sea"
compels them to apply to International court in Gaaga.
Ukrainian Republic Party "Sobor" has espoused the construction of a sluice variant
of the channel Danube - Black sea.
URP "Sobor" realizes quip need of the reconstruction of navigation at ukrainian part
of Danube estuary which has provided strategic interests of our state and served to
rebirth of closed to Danube ports Reni, Ismail,Kilii, Vilkovo.
"In the same time we point to the fact that the present variant of construction was
elected contrary to all the positions of National Academies of the Sciences of Ukraine
without proper ecological and economic motivation. There were hardly infringed laws of
Ukraine and international obligations of our state in the channel construction", - is
spoken in statement of URP "Sobor"
In this connection members of URP "Sobor" declare: "realized variant of the
navigable channel serves just for departmental interests of Ministry of Transport of
Ukraine as far as foresees the constant large bottom deepening work which will require to
significant annual budgetary infusion. The realization of construction has once more again
shown that there is profoundly non-law system of authorities in Ukraine when procedures
provided by law have no power but adoption of decisions are got only by direct lobby in
URP "Sobor" is sure: "beginning of exploitations of the channel in Bistroe estuary
does not take out of agenda need construction of sluice variant of channel passing-by
Danube Biosphere Reservation as far as the variant will allow not only to save the nature
but also to provide intensive, constant, not hung from whimsies of the weather navigation
in ukrainian part of Danube mouth".
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