WWF is asking the government of Ukraine to halt all the construction works on the Danube Delta immediately. Although WWF supports the idea of socially and economically justifiable waterway to the Black Sea, it request that the government of Ukraine discusses the route, of this waterway as well as possible less environmentally damaging and economically expensive alternatives directly with the Ramsar Convention, UNESCO and the International Go mrr}ssion for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), Alternatives should be identified and itseconomic, social and environmental impacts assessments developed. WWF is happy to support the search for alternatives together with the other major agencies working in the Delta. WWP is requesting that Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment is completed to comply 'with the international standardswhich is developed through a transparent and participative process. WWF also requests that additional measures to improve the functioning of the Danube Biosphere Reserve are undertaken in line with the recommendations made by the Ramsar/UNESCO mission In October 2003.