The view of public to the opening of channel Danube-Black Sea: the thirst stage of
distraction of natural reservations in Ukraine has begun.
The 26th of August President of Ukraine L. Kuchma opened the channel
Danube-Black Sea. The event was made with a large pomp. Supporting one of the most scandal
politic gamble of the last years Leonid Danilovich has celebrated the completion of his
This event is timed to 13th anniversary of Independence of Ukraine. It seems
like the Minister of Transport Kirpa tried to reflect the projects symbolism for
ecological sphere of post socialist Ukraine. This project is the largest by its ignoring
of acting legislation, international and public opinion.
The building of the channel has reflected a change of attitude of powerful top
to nature protection.
Today activities of Ukraine departments are directed on reception of the
budgetary financing for their project. And they pay attention neither to economic nor to
ecologic practicability. Slogans of the economic rebirth are used only for hiding of the
true target. Ministry of Transport in the channel construction used the same way. At first
step there was a project which takes long-time huge financing - the supporting of deepness
of channel and its ability to let pass large ship takes much money deposits. And just
after there was imagined the fictitious economic practicability of construction of
navigation channel in Bistroe estuary. Later the project was turned into the life by all
the power of administrative system. There were used Administration of President and the
Cabinet of Ministry of Ukraine.
The strategy would be impossible if the Ministry of Ecological resources was
caring out its functions. In 2003 the powerful top had successfully solved the problem
having assigned to the post of Ecominister the ex-minister of coal industry S. Polyakov.
Before coming of Polyakov the Ministry of Ecological Resources was trying to follow the
acting legislation, but after he come it had turned into screen hiding lawlessness in the
sphere of nature protection.
In times of USSR natural reservations were destroyed because of ideological
considerations. Today they are destroyed to please narrow interests of people close to the
authorities. The Danube reservation is just well-known example amongst them. In the same
time powers are destroying other less known specifically protected natural territories. It
happens invisibly for Ukrainian and world public.
During more than 10 years public ecological organizations of Ukraine, National
Science Academy, deputies of high Parliaments were coming out against finishing of
building of Tashlik gudrocumulative electrostation and accompanying it building of
Alexander water reservoir (Nikolay district). Construction of the electrostation itself
hardly disagrees with national environmental legislation. And besides of that the creating
of water reservoir will lead to flooding the unique lands of South Bug - the part of
regional landscape park "Granite-steppe Pobuzhie". It means destroying value geological
and archeological monuments and only in Ukraine places of inhabitant of species of plants
and animals included into the Red Book of Ukraine.
In 2001 Cabinet of Ministers has accepted the resolution about finishing the
building of Tashlik electrostation. And now it is preparing removing of the regional
landscape parks area for creation of water reservoir.
Until 1998 unique natural complexes of Kazantip peninsula (Crimea) were saved in
the same named protected land covering its greater part. In 1998 protected land was
abolished. There was created reservation instead of that. But the central part of
peninsula was not included into the reservation. Nowadays there is extracting petroleum
and there is kept the agricultural production.
By the decision of the Soviet of Ministry of Autonomous Republic Crimea in 2002
for building of cottages there was withdrawn 78 meters of coast zone from the natural
reservation "Cape Martian".
1st of July 2002 Cabinet of Ministry of Ukraine on the initiative of present
Premier Minister V. Yanukovich has withdrawn out of 147 hectare of territory of Donecky
botanical garden for expansion so named "village of Yanukovichs relatives".
Nowadays Cabinet of Ministry of Ukraine has prepared project of the edict of
President of Ukraine, which plans to withdraw out of Donecky botanical garden 59 hectare
more for expansion of the hotel complex "Lux" belonging to oligarch Ð. Ahmetov.
There are raising 6 summer cottages in Nikitinsky botanical garden (Crimea) for
high Ukraine officials. Illegal cottage construction is conducted also in Yalta
mountain-forest natural reservation.
It is just some examples:
The company against Danube reservation destroying has got a symbol character
because of constructing the channel authorities ignore legislative norms and the public
opinion. It seems to be DEMONSTRATIVE act. Like as they watch public reaction to this
lawlessness. If everything went off all right there will go on destruction of other
natural protected areas:but having lots of problems they will have to consider
THE COMPANY AGAINST DANUBE BIOSPHERE RESERVATION DESTROYING TO A MARKED DEGREE DETERMINE
CLOSED FUTURE OF ALL THE UKRAINE NATURAL RESERVATIONS FOND
So we call all sensibly thinking people to stand up on protection of this reservation.
The Ukrainian power contrary to all has destroyed natural ecosystem of Bistroe
estuary. And now they must restore it!
The International community should take into account a real political situation
in our country at their own relations with Ukraine and not only promises of officials!
We call the government of the countries of the world and shipowner not to use the
navigable way along Bistroe estuary!
May be just after it Ukrainian government will become to keep the international
S. Shaparenko, Ecological group "Pechenegi",
V. Boreyko, Kiev eco-cultural center,
A. Shevchuk, Odessa detachment of International Social-Ecology Union,
Ukrainian coalition "For wild nature"
more about the problem