Clima East Pilot Project "Conservation & Sustainable Use of Peatlands"

Project Summary

The project is part of a larger EU regional initiative which supports climate change mitigation and adaptationin the East Neighbourhood countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

In Ukraine, Clima East focuses on the conservation and sustainable use of peatlands through building the capacity of the national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory system as well as developing and pilotingecosystem-based approach for converting degraded private arable peatlands to semi-natural conditions with high value for local people and biodiversity conservation.The project targets Nizhyn rayon in Chernihiv region, which is one of the ten regions in Ukraine, where 95% of drained peatlands are located.

Project Goals

  1. Develop methodology for accounting GHG emissions and removals from organic (peat) soils and a dataset for all types of organic soils in Ukraine which will serve as basis for the inclusion of peatlands in the national Green Investment Scheme.
  2. Support the restoration of approximately 3,000 ha of degraded agricultural peatlands to prevent emissions of carbon and rehabilitate habitat adjacent to neighbouring natural peatlandswith high value for biodiversity and potential designation as protected area.
  3. Strengthen the protection of existing peatlands areas inChernihiv region and increase the protected area coverage by 16,000 ha.

Accomplishments/Expected results

  • About 16,816 ha of degraded peatlandswill be restored at the agricultural drainage network Smolianka in Nizhyn Rayon of Chernihiv Region. The GHG emission reduction potential of the restoration project is in the range of 4 t CO2eq/ha/year.
  • A Regional Landscape Park adjacent to the restored peatlands will be established and equipped.
  • Sustainable economic resource-usage practices such as biomass harvesting and grazingwill be applied in the pilot territories.


European Union

1,800,000 Euro


US$ 100,000



US$ 258,351

Project Overview
Project start date:
Estimated end date:
Geographic coverage:
Nizhyn Rayon of Chernihiv oblast
Focus Area:
Environment and Energy
Ensure environmental sustainability
Project manager:
Vasyl Tolkachov
National partners:
The State Environment Investment Agency, Chenihiv Oblast Council, Chernihiv Oblast State Administration, Nizhyn Rayon Council, Nizhyn Rayon State Administration, State Water Resources Agency of Ukraine, Desna Basin Water Resources Management, The Institute for Community Development (ICDU) – Ukraine, The Association of Protected Areas of Ukraine
Related documents
Project document
Project Report
European Commission