Press Release: Hazardous dredging started in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

DJI_0082_Polesia_Prypiat-Stokhid National Park_Ukraine_DR

In Ukraine, dredging of the Pripyat River as part of the E40 waterway construction has been launched at the eight sites planned for this year. This work is being carried out as part of the restoration of a bilateral waterway between Ukraine and Belarus, and as the first steps of the much larger E40 project. Five of the eight sites lie only a few kilometres from the remains of Chernobyl’s infamous Reactor 4, where the remnants of the world’s largest nuclear catastrophe lie hidden in the muddy riverbed. This work proceeded on the basis of incomplete analysis of radiation levels and without any detailed studies having taken place as required by Ukrainian law.

Kayaking to save the Pripyat river

DJI_0328_Irina Kashpei_Kayaking2020_cut

Save Polesia partners call to save the Pripyat and stop the E40 waterway Every year, the Belarusian conservation organizations APB-BirdLife Belarus and Bahna organize a kayaking event on the Pripyat river to call for its protection and the prevention of the E40 waterway. This year, the so-called “High Five Pripyat!” (“Pripyat day piat!”) event started … Read more

Ukrainian state agency permits river dredging in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone


The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority plans to dig the Pripyat river despite protests of ecologists and scientists The State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM) has granted permission to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) to deepen the Pripyat river in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. This is reported on the website of the … Read more

Belarusian Control Committee against river dredging in the Kobrin district


The Control Committee of Belarus, which is the country’s supreme audit institution, considers the costs associated with the planned dredging and clearing works along the Mukhavets river in the south-west of Belarus as irrational and illegal. These construction works in the Kobrin district of the Brest region would be a step towards building the E40 … Read more

Urgent action needed to address drought conditions in Polesia

Dnieper near the Belarusian Gomel in a flooded year_copyright-Oleg_lystopad

Calls to abandon plan for proposed ‘E40’ waterway in light of unprecedented drought in Eastern Europe Experts have called for a far-reaching response to a devastating drought affecting large parts of Eastern Europe, including Polesia. In April, groundwater levels in Ukraine were reported to have fallen to their lowest levels since records began more than … Read more

Press release: Planned E40 waterway could pose increased radiation risk for millions of people


Expert analysis of radioactivity released today undermines entire project Governments of Belarus, Poland and Ukraine put human health at risk if they proceed with the plans to construct a 2,000 kilometres long waterway linking the Baltic and the Black Sea. Today, an expert study on the radiation impacts of the so-called ‘E40’waterway was released by … Read more

Proposed river port in Belarus threatens local livelihoods and biodiversity


The government of Belarus plans to construct a river port in the Belarusian village Nijniye Zary as an infrastructure for the proposed E40 waterway. This would destroy not only conservation areas of international importance, but also local livelihoods as their houses would be demolished. At the end of February, the Belarusian environmental organizations APB-BirdLife Belarus … Read more

New film released: “Polesia – Wilderness without borders”


By the end of last year, four international nature conservation organisations produced a three minutes film about the stunning wilderness area of Polesia. The region straddles the borders of Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. It is Europe’s greatest intact floodplain with pristine forests and immense wetlands. The short movie shows the beauty of this incredible … Read more