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ews about forest cutting in Chernivtsi region spreads all over the country from time to time. It appears on the central TV channels, government reports about logging. Many government officials arrive in Chernivtsi. However, the situation remains disappointing. Forests cutting continues. Worst of all, they cut down not just any trees - especially valuable unique primeval forests, old-growth forests and protective forests are also cut in a barbaric manner. Experts have found an effective way to save these woods, but now the floor is for government.

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its 41st session, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee extended the object “Primeval Beech forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany” at the expense of new plots of beech primeval forests. The Ukrainian forest massifs of Gorgany, Roztochya, Satanivs'ka Dacha, Synevyr-Darvaika, Synevyr-Kvasovets, Synevyr-Strimba, Synevyr-Vilshany, Zacharovany Kraj - Irshavka and Zacharovany Kraj – Velykyj Dil were included in the object.

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today until July 13 Kosiv District State Administration will be hosting an exhibition of photos of Carpathian primeval forests. Through the camera lens visitors will be able to see the beauty and richness of the unique remains of primeval forests, which are still preserved in the Ukrainian Carpathians. Most of the photos were made in 2015, mostly on the territory of the national nature parks of the Carpathians by a highly professional photographer Sergey Kantsyrenko.

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journalists from Zakarpattya regional TV Channel "Pershij Kabelnij" visited the photo exhibition of "Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation" project, arranged in Zakarpattya Regional State Administration. The photo exhibition on importance and value of primeval forests started to work on June 26 in the project implementation area. In 2017 we celebrate 10-year anniversary of inclusion of primeval beech forests in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This and the problem of primeval forest conservation - in the video.

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news about barbarian fellings are now on the first pages of leading newspapers and web-sites, as well as in the top news of regional and national TV channels. But if the pine wood cut by the chain saw we can reproduce in 80-100 years, the unique primeval and old-growth forests will be gone forever. Fortunately, we have the real chance to save this valuable heritage. This happens if President will sign the relevant draft law".

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee is concerned about the future of the beech primeval forests of the Slovak Carpathians that are part of the heritage site "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany". The Committee prepared a draft decision for its 41st session urging Government of Slovakia to take measures to stop cutting in the Slovak part of the transboundary object of the world heritage.

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Ivano-Frankivsk region local community protested against logging, planned by forestry. Forestry intended to destroy old-growth trees (more than 143 years old) saying that they are infected with the pine fungus and dry out. However, the local citizens with the scientists stopped cutting.

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Parliament of Ukraine on May 23, 2017 adopted the law on amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine on conservation of the primeval forests under the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (№4480). The act prohibits logging in primeval forests, introduces administrative responsibility for the destruction and damage of primeval forests.

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krainian Society for the Protection of Birds and researchers of national nature parks proposed expansion of Carpathian national nature park, NNP "Verkhovynsky" and "Hutsulshchyna" by adding areas of primeval and old-growth forests to their territory. A working meeting with the heads of these parks, representatives of the Regional Forestry, Environment and Natural Resources Division of RSA took place. The Deputy Head of the Regional State Administration Maria Savka lead the meeting.

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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.

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ast week, April 19, the Director of the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds (USPB) Oleg Dudkin and the National Coordinator of the “Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation” project Olga Yaremchenko paid a working visit to Zakarpattya region. This is the first region in Ukraine which supported the nature conservation initiative of the “Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation” project in expansion of the national parks for sustainable conservation of valuable forests. This has been achieved with the help of constructive dialogue between stakeholders: national parks, nature conservationists, foresters, NGOs and the government.

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ast week, April 18, Director of the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds with the National Coordinator of the “Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation” project gave the car "Renault" to the head of the eco-marketing group of NNP “Skolivski Beskydy”. The car is intended for the pilot eco-product marketing project within the socio-economic component of the project “Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation”.

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April 7, during a visit to Bukovyna, the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine held a working meeting with the heads of local authorities and nature protection agencies, spoke to journalists about environmental problems and their solutions. The meeting discussed the logging, water management, construction of treatment plants and flood control structures. The participants also raised the issues of construction of HPP on the Dniester River, expanding of protected areas in the region and the conservation of primeval and old growth forests of the Carpathians.

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draft law on amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine on conservation of the primeval forests under the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians №4480 dated 20.04.2016 is prepared for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The Parliament Committee proposed Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to adopt the draft law in the second reading and as the Law as a whole.

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March 10, 2017, the representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine and “Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation” project met with the staff of the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine. The meeting discussed the expansion of the national nature parks in Ivano-Frankivsk region in terms of forest management (Carpathian NNP, NNPs "Verkhovyna" and "Hutsulshchyna").

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akarpatska Regional State Administration approved the expansion of three national nature parks - "Synevyr," "Zacharovany Kraj" and Uzhansky. Relevant documents on February 24, 2017 Zakarpatska Regional State Administration sent to the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine for preparation of a draft Decree of the President of Ukraine.

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February 23, 2017 the first meeting of the coordination council of NNP "Hutsulshchyna" took place. Participants of the meeting discussed the urgent issues of Park operation.

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February 22, 2017 the National Nature Park "Verkhovynsky" hosted a meeting on Ukrainian Carpathians conservation. The representatives of the Park, the Protected Areas Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, local authorities and environmental NGOs participated in the meeting. National and regional project coordinators of the "Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation" project Dr. Olga Yaremchenko and Mr. Vasyl Mochan also attended the gathering.

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January 25, 2017 at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the meeting on the land issues of NNP "Hutsulshchyna" was held. The representatives of the MENR, Park, local government, state enterprise "Kutsky forestry", ICO "Environment-People-Law", deputies and Project Manager of the "Carpathian Primeval Forest Conservation" project Dr. Olga Yaremchenko participated in the meeting. They discussed the conflict issues of the transfer of the lands to the Park for the permanent use and expansion of its territory. For the first time in many years, the land issues of the Park could be solved.

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January 19, 2017 in the office of the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds the Working Group on lobbying of the draft law on primeval forests met. The Working Group held a meeting to discuss the next steps on the draft law on amendments to some legislative acts of Ukraine on conservation of the primeval forests under the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (№4480).

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