Ukraine’s water transport strategy documents under review

Container ship at the Ukrainian port of Odessa

Experts of the Save Polesia coalition believe that the recently released Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the “Strategy for the Development of Inland Water Transport of Ukraine until 2031 and the action plan for its implementation” contains a number of miscalculations. On September 17, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine published the SEA report of … Read more

Top economic media in Belarus reports E40 waterway not viable


A recent article in the Belarusian economic newspaper, Economic Gazeta (Экономическая Газета), condemns government plans to increase budgetary support for water transport in the country and the construction of the E40 waterway along Polesia’s rivers. The economic newspaper quotes the call from Belarusian business associations to recognize the fact that rivers and canals have lost … Read more

Polish Minister revokes environmental consent for Siarzewo Dam, a key part of the E40 waterway


The environmental go-ahead for the project to construct the Siarzewo Dam on the Vistula River has been revoked by the Polish Minister of Climate and Environment, Michał Kurtyka. Non-governmental organisations, forming part of the Polish Save the Rivers Coalition have been pushing for several years for the Ministry to reassess the environmental consent for the … Read more

Ukraine court denies case against Pripyat dredging


A long and discouraging process highlights the near-impossible challenge for civil society to lodge complaints against violations of Ukraine’s environmental laws. Since spring 2020, the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU) – a partner of the Save Polesia coalition –  have been battling to challenge the Ukrainian laws that were broken during the first steps … Read more

Movie “River Sisters”: Polish women stand against E40 waterway


Polish women take a stand against the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Vistula river, which would be a key step towards the proposed E40 waterway. The inspiring movie ‘River Sisters’ by Cecylia Malik reports on the activities of a group of Polish women to protect one of Central Europe’s least impacted large rivers … Read more

Ukraine calls for sound and joint decision on E40 waterway

Prypiat-Stokhid National Park in Ukrainian Polesia

The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure requests a joint decision among the governments of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine, if the E40 waterway project is to be implemented. This needs to be based on sound economic and environmental assessments. The Ukrainian authority stated this in a letter sent to the Save Polesia partner NECU as response to … Read more

Kayak for a Cause

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During the first weekend of June, Save Polesia partners – APB-BirdLife Belarus and Bahna – held the fifth annual “High Five Pripyat!” kayak tour. The event aims to draw attention to the beauty, and huge value, of the Pripyat and its tributaries if they are left in an unaltered, natural form. Overall about 30 people … Read more

New Film: ‘Re: Save Europe’s Amazon’

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The German Television channel, ARTE, just released a brand-new documentary about the wonders of Polesia – Europe’s Amazon – and the threat of the E40 waterway that would destroy it. The stunning footage shows why the landscape is so unique. It is one of the most biodiverse and culturally rich areas of Europe and a … Read more

Learn about Polesia from the Peat-Fest stage


This Saturday at Peat-Fest 2021, the ‘Save Polesia’ and the ‘Polesia – Wilderness without borders’ projects will showcase their commitment to protect Europe’s Amazon. The 24-hour long online festival is ‘dedicated to facilitating conversation about peatlands and larger ecological questions’. The free event is organised, for the second time, by a youth-led group RE-PEAT, in … Read more

E40 waterway removed from Ukrainian Exclusion Zone Strategy

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The Ukrainian State Agency for Exclusion Zone Management (SAZM) kept their promise and removed the E40 waterway from the updated draft 2030 Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Development Strategy. Hence, the previous section on the “Development of transport infrastructure” is not included anymore – as requested by several organisations, who argued that these plans were unacceptable. The … Read more