Mainstreaming Environment in the Local Strategies in Chernobyl Affected Areas

What is the project about?

UNDP Project “Mainstreaming environment in the local strategies in Chernobyl affected areas” is working with three pilot territories affected by Chernobyl disaster: Boguslav rayon (Kyiv region), Rokytne rayon (Rivne region) and one cluster consisting of a city and rayon (Korosten’ city and rayon of Zhytomyr region) that have a significant potential for improving environmental situation and greening their development.

“The basic reason why environmental mainstreaming is important is that economic and social development and the environment are fundamentally interdependent – the way we manage the economy and political and social institutions has critical impacts on the environment, while environmental quality and sustainability, in turn, are vital for the performance of the economy and social well being.”*



The local authorities tend to underestimate environmental factors when making decisions about prospective development of settlements or rayons. Compared to the rest of Ukraine, the populations at the affected areas is much more sensitive regarding environment issues and thus serve as a positive group for environmental mainstreaming at the local level.

The experience of environmental mainstreaming in Poland has shown the possibility of significant changes during short period of time. Environmental mainstreaming leads to changes in decision-making process and long-term planning.

It is expected that as a result of the project assistance, local authorities will develop a culture of environmental responsibility and accountability ensuring it is fully mainstreamed at all levels of decision making.

What have we accomplished so far

  1. Awareness-raising: Environmental Assessment Reports of the project pilot territories developed and distributed among project partners. The Environmental Assessment Reports have:
  2. - established baseline for rayons’ environmental situation and serve as a tool to promote environmental planning and help further integrate environmental and related social concerns into local strategies and programs;
  3. - adapted DPSIR (drivers-pressure-state-impact-response) methodology of environmental assessment reports (used by Eurostat and European Environmental Agency);
  4. - provided recommendations on the primary required environmental measures.
  5. Behavioral change: The “Clean country” awareness & engagement campaign was organized in Boguslav and Korosten on the occasion of World Environmental Day. Over 400 volunteers helped clean up the parks and protected areas from the accumulated trash and garbage and thus reduce pollution of recreational areas and improve domestic solid waste management.
  6. Local capacity development: Capacity development trainings on mainstreaming environment at the local level developed and conducted for 64 representatives of local administrations at the project pilot territories. The trainings provided basic knowledge on conceptual and practical aspects of environmental planning, monitoring, decision-making and communication, and aimed to develop a culture of environmental responsibility.
  7. Public engagement: “Environmental Forum of Chernobyl-affected regions” was established in 2012. It is meant as a platform for exchanging ideas, defining and discussing effective approaches for mainstreaming environmental sustainability into local plans, strategies and practices.

Who Finances it?

Budgetary provision for “Mainstreaming environment in local strategies in Chernobyl affected areas” UNDP project from the Government of Poland for 2012-2013 amounts to USD 200,000

How are We Carrying out Our Mission?

Envisaged project support to the pilot territories includes transfer of EU (Polish) experience of environmentally-sensitive planning, provision of GIS-prototype equipment and software for data analysis and visualization to support evidence-based decision-making and informing local communities on the most acute environmental issues and ways to resolve them.

The environmental and economic information presented with the help of GIS will be available online thus the regions that used to be unknown to local and foreign partners and investors will become more visible and transparent that will create a potential for mobilizing new green investments and greening the economy as a part of the sustainable development effort at the Chernobyl affected territories.

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Donor name Amount contributed per year
Government of Poland, UNDP $108.0000

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