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Ukraine’s Construction of a Navigation Canal on the Chilia Arm of the Danube River
Demands in reaction to the Ukrainian project development

    5. In reaction to the Ukrainian project development, several Demands were made by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Romanian Ministry of Environment and Water Management before and after the formal launching of the canal: 12 Diplomatic Notes addressed by Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Ukrainian Side asking for information and consultation on this issue, but no concrete answer was received up to now and no consultations took place. Romanian request was made under the provisions of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of Ukraine on the cooperation in the management of border waters (Galatzi, 30 September 1997) .Under Article 2 (Objectives and Principles of the Cooperation), paragraph 3, "None of the parties may carry out on its territory without prior consultations, any work which might modify or lower the quality standards of the border waters". As well, under Article 4 of this Agreement, the obligation to inform the other party about the projects which might have a negative impact in the territory of the other contracting state, is stipulated in a similar way as that existing under other multilateral legal instruments. Thus, the party planning to take actions that might have negative consequences in the territory of the other contracting state has the obligation to notify about its intentions the other contracting state and to transmit all data on the planned actions and to offer the possibility of the other contracting state to participate to the assessment of the impact of such actions on the border waters. In June 2003, in Kiev, at the European Conference of the Environment Ministries, the Governor of the "Danube Delta" Biosphere Reservation has requested the accomplishment of an impact assessment study from the biodiversity, hydrological, social and economic point of view. This requirement has also been supported by the General Director of WWF, Claude Martin. In October 2003, the Common Mission of Ramsar Convention on Convention on Wetlands of .International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar 1971) and of the Programme "Man and Biosphere" - MAB UNESCO, have also asked for the environmental impact study for the canal project. The fact has been reflected in the Report of the Permanent Committee of the Ramsar Convention in 2004. The Romanian Governor of the "Danube Delta" Biosphere Reservation : The Romanian Governor of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation has insisted that an environmental impact study be realized within the 3rd Session of the Authorized Authorities for the implementation of the Romanian-Ukrainian Agreement on cooperation in the field of transboundary waters management ( 4th-7th of November 2003 in Piatra Neamt), and the Romanian Party has invited the Executive Secretary of the ICPDR ( International Commission for Danube Protection) to participate in the meeting. Within this framework, informal discussion took place regarding the construction of a navigation canal on the Bystroe Branch. The Romanian Party requested the technical documentation of this project. The Ukrainian Party answered that there "are six alternatives for carying out this project, and the final alternative had not yet been chosen. After internal approval of the final alternative by the Ukrainian Party, these alternatives would be transmitted also to the Romanian Party but it was never done. As a result of the request of the Head of the Romanian delegation to the ICPDR, at the beginning of 2004, the Executive Secretary of ICPDR has informed tile Ukrainian Party about the damages that the construction of the Bystroe Canal might cause to the Danube Delta.

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