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The Bystroe Canal in the Ukrainin Danube Delta - Questions and Answers
A short summary
Where is the Ukrainian Danube Delta and the Bystroe Canal ?
What are the natural, social and economic values of the Ukrainian Delta ?
What is planned and what has happened already ?
What are the socio-economic and ecoloqical consequences of the canal ?
What international treaties and agreements are concerned ?
What about the EU ?
Are there alternatives ?
What is WWF recommanding ?
What actions have been taken to protect the Ukrainian Delta up until now ?
What is WWF's track record with the Ukrainian Danube Delta ?

    WWF has been working in the Delta for more than 12 years. The WWF Danube-Carpafhian Programme has worked in the region since 1998 to promote the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of nature for the benefit of both people and environment. The Danube Delta is the single most important part of the entire 817,000 sq.km basin for wetland conservation. Since the beginning of the 20i Century, over 80% of the Danube River basin's wetlands and floodplains have been entirely destroyed. The most intact remaining area are the wetlands found in the Lower Danube Green Corridor which includes the Danube Delta. In June 2000, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine made a commitment to create a network of protected area and areas to be restored along the Lower Danube including the Danube Delta.
    WWF through its Anon Institute, dedicated to apply research, conservation and restoration of wetlands In floodplains and deltas, has had a long engagement in the Danube Delta. At the beginning of the 90's contacts were established and first project activities planned for the protection and restoration of this ecosystem. In 1990 the 'Green Danube Project' was initiated, which in 1992 became a Programme of WWF International. First projects aimed to protect this area were realised in 1992 and the first restoration projects in the Danube Delta were completed in 1994.
    More recently as part of WWF's contribution to the Lower Danube Green Corridor initiative, WWF has been supporting efforts of the local NGOs to establish protected areas in the Delta. Furthermore, through support from WWF Netherlands an ambitious and inspiring plan for the Danube Delta in Ukraine (A Vision for the Danube Delta published by WWF) was prepared via expert consultation and collaboration. Since its publication WWF has provided funding for activities aimed to restore the Delta as described in the vision, as many areas were destroyed through the construction of canals and dykes to control the water flow. It is more than likely that further funds will have to be found in the future to restore the damage done by the Bystroye Canal.

What actions have been or are planned to be taken bv WWF and other orqanisationslinstitutiohs to halt the construction ?
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Last forum post by codrin on May 6, 2006, 9:06 pm
This is the idea of a team who
made a vision come truth....

Who should fight to change the current situation ?
The Ukrainian Government
The Romanian Government
The United Nations
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