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The Bystroe Canal in the Ukrainin Danube Delta - Questions and Answers
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Where is the Ukrainian Danube Delta and the Bystroe Canal ?
What are the natural, social and economic values of the Ukrainian Delta ?
    The Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta is a very dynamic ecosystem comprising 73200 hectares (the Romanian part is 34460 ha, together 417800 ha) of extended reed beds, small lakes of various sizes and natural river levees of gallery-like softwood forests. On the sandy dunes, a complex mosaic of hardwood floodplains forests and dry steppe, vegetation alternates. The entire Danube Delta has been selected by WWF as one of the world’s 2000 most important regions for biodiversity conservation. It is the second largest wetland in Europe and the largest reed bed in the world. It is a critical to a number of global threatened species. It is home to about 330 bird species, 70% of the world pelican population (and 60% of the world’s pygmy cormorants). The Delta is home to a remarkable population of glossy ibis, spoonbill, different species of egrets and herons. Most of the European fresh-water fish species (around 70 species) exist in the Delta. Because of it’s remarkable biodiversity, the Delta was listed by Ukraine under the Ramsar Convention as a Wetland of international importance on the 23rd November 1995. The secondary Delta of the Chilia Branch of the Danube is the youngest territory of Europe, growing continuously in front of our eyes.

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 ?
What actions have been or are planned to be taken bv WWF and other orqanisationslinstitutiohs to halt the construction ?
All the questions and answers presented in this section are property of WWF

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The Ukrainian Government
The Romanian Government
The United Nations
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