Supporting public involvement in Ukrainian biodiversity monitoring
Ukraine is a party to the Convention on Biological Diversity and has endorsed the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy. It therefore subscribes to the target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010. However, in Ukraine there is no state system for biodiversity monitoring, which is an important element in plant and animal species conservation. To some extent, there is monitoring of some taxonomic groups of species in the most advanced protected areas. Some scientific centres or individual scientists make attempts to conduct monitoring of single species or some taxonomic groups at local or regional level. In general, public participation in monitoring of biodiversity in Ukraine is very low, although this has proved to be a successful and cost-effective tool to help achieve the target to halt biodiversity loss by 2010.
The aim of the project was the enhancement of Ukrainian capacity in developing biodiversity monitoring by increasing public involvement. The target groups benefiting from this project were Ukrainian authorities, research institutes and universities, Ukrainian citizen groups (NGOs) as well as the interested public.
The project was put into effect by:
- analysing which actors were involved in biodiversity conservation in general and in biodiversity monitoring in particular;
- investigating what information and facilities existed for supporting biodiversity monitoring and public involvement;
- analysing gaps and bottlenecks;
- proposing a mechanism for gradually developing a national biodiversity monitoring programme with full involvement from the relevant actors, specifically the interested public.
October 2006 – January 2009
- ECNC - European Centre for Nature Conservation (coordination)
- NECU - The National Ecological Centre of Ukraine
- The Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
- The Institute of Botany of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
The project was implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine.
The project was funded by the Support scheme Action Plan BBI Matra 2005-2008 of the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The project's aim was achieved by implementing the following activities:
- identification of who was involved in biodiversity issues in general and in biodiversity monitoring in particular in Ukraine;
- inventory of existing monitoring activities in the country;
- national seminar on biodiversity monitoring;
- identification of needs of various user groups with regard to biodiversity monitoring;
- drafting of a national biodiversity monitoring programme;
- execution of a pilot monitoring study at local/regional level.
The results of these activities were published in English and Ukrainian.