The most critical work on the Ukrainian Delta, led by the local NGOs, is the establishment of protected areas in the Delta. One NGO actually established and is managing one or these protected areas. The largest conservation project ($1,5 Million) was funded by the World Bank and was aimed partly to establish the Biosphere Reserve which is now being threatened by the construction of this canal. Since then the management of the Reserve has been supported by the Ukrainian government and is led by the management board of the Danube Biosphere Reserve, International support is provided both lo the management board and also to the local NGOs for research, environmental education, alternative income generating activities, monitoring and protection. WWF is supporting restoration of parts of the Delta that were destroyed or degraded by past actions meant to control the flow of the Danube (see below).