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April 20, in Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Directorate of Environment, the Director of the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds Oleg Dudkin and National Coordinator of the project “Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation” Olga Yaremchenko with her deputy met with the Head of the Directorate Riyafet Hasymov and his deputy Andriy Plihtyak and discussed the status of approval of the proposed expansion of the national parks of Ivano-Frankivsk region (Carpathian NNP, NNP "Verkhovynsky", "Hutsulshchyna") by the land users.

Topic is urgent and very difficult. During two years, there were no progress. Forestries, led by their regional authorities, categorically refused to approve transfer of areas with the High Conservation Value forests: primeval, old growth and protective forests to the parks.

Dialogue was concrete and constructive. Participants agreed on some measures, which, we hope, will make a move to the issue of valuable forest area conservation by transferring them to national parks.

We are waiting for the news from Ivano-Frankivsk region.

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