UNDP - GEF Dnipro Basin Environment Programme 2nd Stage: 'Implementation of the Dnipro Basin Strategic Action Programme for the reduction of persistent toxics pollution'

What is the project about?


The objective of the project is to begin implementation of the ministerially approved SAP via governance reforms and demonstration projects aimed at reducing transboundary persistent toxic substances by small/medium size industries discharging through municipal waste systems in the Dnipro basin.

Currently the overall implementation of the Dnipro Programme is the result of the joint efforts of Dnipro Countries – Republic of Belarus and Ukraine, assisted by such international executing agencies as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The immediate outcome of the project will be a series of demonstrable examples of stress reduction of specific persistent toxic substances (PTS) based on preliminary indicators and past test results derived from the SAP and from the industries themselves.

A collateral benefit is also expected from the robust implementation of cleaner technology methodology which will deliver a more comprehensive suite of indicators which can then be utilized by other industries. Taken together they will result in an efficient capture of knowledge products, lessons and best practices to be delivered to other industries and Vodokanals for replication. It is anticipated that successful demonstration projects will also attract serious interest and future large scale financing from EBRD and the WB, which will adjust their lending practices accordingly.

The long term expected outcome anticipates a significant reduction in wastewater discharge into the Dnipro River and its tributaries with immediate benefits for the Black Sea. This in turn will have a positive downstream impact on the Mediterranean region and by extension to the wider global environment as well.

Taken as a whole, the successful implementation of the Project will represent a unique achievement whose success and progress will facilitate ease of replication and encourage new forms of co-operation in other environmental sectors of the region as well.The Project's foremost objective is resolving the key problems related to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Ukraine by the market transition to more energy efficient lighting technologies and gradual phase out of inefficient lighting sources / fittings in residential and public buildings, schools; improvement of awareness and educational level of domestic consumers on energy-efficient lighting and reproduction and distribution of  project results.

What have we accomplished so far

  1. Implementation of Cleaner Production Technologies on the small/medium-sized enterprises
  2. More than 20 enterprises in Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus have undergone the environmental audits. As a result a range of low-cost recommendations was elaborated for 15 of the enterprises and 5 enterprises were selected as pilot projects to implement the cleaner production technologies under the condition of co-financing.
  3. The two-week summer academy on water management for young specialists took place in the city of Hof, Bavaria. The event was organized in cooperation with the project partner The Bavarian State Ministry of Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. The training helped to improve the knowledge and qualification of the specialists as well as to get acquainted with the best European practice.
  4. Developing a comprehensive Transboundary Monitoring and Indicators Program
  5. One of the objectives of the latter stage of the project was to conduct the first in the history of the CIS complex research on regional level with the unprecedented cooperation of scientists in hydromorphology, hydrochemistry, hydrobiology, zoology and ichthyology in order to evaluate current ecological status and find ways of the natural resources usage optimization. The survey was carried out in line with the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), which envisages that not only hydrochemical, but also hydromorphological, and biological indicators were taken into consideration.
  6. As a result three sustainable expeditions have been conducted in two years. 12 Ukrainian and 7 Belarusian experts have taken part in the survey. Within the expeditions 23 monitoring stations were determined and evaluated. Following the prescriptions of he EU Water Framework Directive the experts have identified 14 reference sites, places staying in natural conditions with very good ecological status.
  7. The experts elaborated common Methodology of Ecological Status Assessment for the Dnipro Basin, which will be published in 2012.
  8. Facilitating the introduction of harmonized environmental legislation
  9. As a result of analyzing 12 EU Directives with the respective legislation of Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus the proposals to amend the Water Code and a set of regulatory acts were drafted by the project consultants and forwarded to the Recipient for comments and review.
  10. Establishing key institutional and management structures within the wider SAP management bodies
  11. The mandatory statutory documents in order to establish the Dnipro Basin Councils were elaborated by the project experts. The Project also facilitated conduction of two Dnipro Basin councils is Ukraine as well as celebration of the International Dnipro Day in Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus. With the project support numerous scientific debates, round tables and international NGO forum to discuss development of the Dnipro Basin management took place in 2011. 

Who Finances it?



Global Environmental Fund, Bavarian State Ministry of Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway.

2010
Donor name Amount contributed per year
Sample name $120.0000
   
   
2011
   
  $2,035,000

How are We Carrying out Our Mission?

  • The project addresses its objective through the implementation of four major components:
  • i) Conducting a series of Pilot Projects to introduce cleaner production methods to several medium sized industries discharging through municipal wastewater systems, including the development of sustainable financing mechanisms and local regulation and monitoring procedures;
  • ii) Developing a comprehensive Transboundary Monitoring and Indicators Program which will provide information on the status and progress of the SAP implementation program to Dnipro Basin management bodies;
  • iii) Facilitating the introduction of harmonized environmental legislation which will improve monitoring procedures, strengthen regulatory and legal frameworks including, inter alia, those governing cleaner technologies;
  • iv) Establishing key institutional and management structures within the wider SAP management bodies.

Delivery in previous fiscal year

1,583,798.03 USD

2009-2011
Donor name Amount contributed per year
Global Environmental Fund, Bavarian State Ministry of Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway. USD 1,583,798
   
   
2012
Total Delivery USD 2,000,000
   
Project Overview
Status:
active
Project start date:
2009
Estimated end date:
2013
Geographic coverage:
Dnipro Basin ecosystem
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
MDG
Ensure environmental sustainability
Project officer:
 
Partners:
Ministry for Environmental Protection of Ukraine, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, Bavarian State Ministry of Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Norwegian Association of Certified Technicians and Scientists, State committees and agencies, Vodokanals and small industries, National scientific institutes, NGOs in Belarus and Ukraine