Project partners

The main partners of the project “Conservation, Optimization and Management of Carbon and Biodiversity in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone” are:

  • UN Environment Program (UNEP)
  • Global Environment Facility
  • Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine
  • State Agency of Ukraine for the Management of the Exclusion Zone

UN Environment Program (UNEP)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

The mission of the Programme is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Activity of the Programme is categorized into seven broad thematic areas: 

  • climate change;
  • disasters and conflicts;
  • ecosystem management;
  • environmental governance;
  • chemicals and waste;
  • resource efficiency;
  • environment under review. 

The Programme also hosts the secretariats of many critical multilateral environmental agreements and research bodies, bringing together nations and the environmental community to tackle the greatest challenges of our time.

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) – an international organization established in 1991 during the signing of the resolution by the Council of Executive Directors of the World Bank and the relevant agreements between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the program of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), with a membership of 182 states, international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies. This organization works to improve the state of the global environment by supporting national sustainable development initiatives.

In 1994, at the Earth Summit in Rio, GEF was reorganized and left the World Bank system and became a permanent, separate institution.

The GEF is a financial mechanism that provides grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for projects related to:

  • biodiversity;
  • climate change;
  • international waters;
  • land degradation;
  • ozone layer;
  • persistent organic pollutants.

GEF provides grants for various types of projects ranging from a few thousand to several million dollars. These are full-scale projects, medium-sized, programmatic approaches and incentive measures.

GEF acts as a donor through its executive agencies for the implementation of projects in the recipient countries. Thus, the funds are not transferred to the state but to the accounts of the executive agencies of the GEF.

Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine

Міністрество природи України

The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine is a central body of the executive branch, which activity is directed and coordinated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine is the main body in the system of central executive authorities in the formation and enforcement of the state policy in the following areas:

  • environmental protection;
  • ecological and, within its competence, biological, genetic and radiation safety;
  • management of waste, pesticides and agrochemicals;
  • rational use, reproduction and protection of the natural resources (subsoil, surface and groundwater, inland and territorial sea, atmospheric air, forests, fauna (including aquatic living resources, hunting and non-hunting species) and flora and natural resources of the territorial waters, the continental shelf and the exclusive (marine) economic zone of Ukraine (natural resources), the reproduction and protection of lands;
  • conservation, reproduction and sustainable use of bio- and landscape diversity;
  • formation, conservation and use of the ecological network, organization, protection and use of the Natural Reserve Fund;
  • conservation of the ozone layer, regulation of the negative anthropogenic impact on the climate change and adaptation to its changes and fulfillment of the requirements of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol to it;
  • development of the water management and land reclamation, geological study and rational use of subsoil;
  • state supervision (control) over compliance with the requirements of the legislation on the environmental protection, rational use, reproduction and protection of the natural resources.
State Agency of Ukraine for the Management of the Exclusion Zone (DAZV)

DAZV as a central executive body, said the focus of its activities on continuous improvement of quality management in the field of Chornobyl, creating conditions for creative, motivated, transparent and accountable approach when implementing software production activities, international technical assistance, as well as to eradicate manifestations of corruption, inactivity and ineffective use of budget funds.

DAZV sees contribute to the creation of an effective management system by introducing advanced science and technology, best practices and public consensus in Ukraine in creating a favorable investment climate (foreign investment) based on objective, understandable and predictable processes to in no way do they prevent companies from feeling and exercising their own responsibility for safe and efficient work.

DAZV supports the creation of enterprises of such a management system, built on the principles of professionalism, responsibility for achieving the end result, a culture of security, and pursues a policy of reducing administrative pressure on enterprises that adhere to these principles.