Kayaking to save the Pripyat river

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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

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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

Ukrainian government forced to postpone dredging for E40 waterway due to fish spawning

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In early January, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure announced that the dredging of the Pripyat river in Ukraine is projected to start as soon as the water level is high enough for shipping. However, as the spawning of fish started, any work on the river is forbidden as of March 20th. Modernization measures on the … 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