Citizen science-based air monitoring in Ukraine is more important than ever. We have seen it for ourselves

Citizen science-based air monitoring in Ukraine is more important than ever. We have seen it for o...

In the current situation, information about the state of the air and the possible presence of hazardous substances or increased radiation is crucial for Ukrainians. Our...

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Monitoring station in Kharkiv survives shelling. It watches the situation near the Zaporozhye NPP now

Monitoring station in Kharkiv survives shelling. It watches the situation near the Zaporozhye NPP ...

Although the Russian invasion has fundamentally disrupted civilian air monitoring in Ukraine, the measuring stations have also gained a new use. The EcoCity network operated by...

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Environmentalists have gained new advocacy. Michel Forst elected Special Rapporteur for the Aarhus Convention

Environmentalists have gained new advocacy. Michel Forst elected Special Rapporteur for the Aarhus...

The signatory states to the Aarhus Convention [1] on Environmental Democracy have unanimously elected a Special Rapporteur to help environmental defenders from persecution. This...

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Ukraine

SKR 5338According to data from the European Society of Cardiology from 2019, air pollution in Ukraine can cause up to 83,960 excessive deaths each year. Although the government has adopted new legislation along the lines of the European Union in recent years, laws are often not complied with and the authorities do not have enough power to enforce them. Corruption is rampant in the country. Factories built after World War II often still use technologies that have not undergone modernization. Large industrial and agricultural enterprises are usually owned by oligarchs, who take advantage of their influence over authorities and politicians to enforce private interests. In 2014, part of the industry ended up in the occupied territories and is beyond any public control.

Clean air for Ukraine

We support civic initiative campaigns in the cities of Kryvbas and Donbas, where more than 4 million people breathe air polluted by obsolete power plants and smelters. We support their cooperation within the informal coalition and defend activists who face violence and persecution. We have conducted several researches of air, soil and food pollution.

Sustainable agriculture

In addition to industrial areas, we also focus on the countryside, where human rights violations - due to the distance from the centers and cameras of journalists - are a particularly urgent problem. Residents of dozens of villages are worried about the growth of the agricultural company MHP. The largest agricultural enterprise in the country is owned by one of the five richest Ukrainian billionaires and an adviser to the former president. Industrial meat production destroys the highest quality chernozem, pollutes the water, and displaces small farmers. Excessive freight traffic causes the walls of rural buildings to crack, and the group refuses to compensate their owners.

What have we achieved in the country?

In the past years, we have helped to create a network of monitoring stations in Ukraine, operated directly by citizens, and since 2017 we have installed more than 700 stations.

The EcoCity network is one of the best functioning and most extensive citizen air monitoring networks in Europe and is essentially the only source of information on the state of the air for Ukrainian citizens. It also acts as an element of civil defense during the ongoing war conflict. We are rebuilding destroyed stations and expanding the network to other areas to improve access to this important information.

Information in other languages:

More information in English and Ukrainian can be found at https://cleanair.org.ua 

Our work is supported by the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the National Endowment for Democracy, USA.

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