UNDP strenghened governance and financial sustainability of the Shatsk National Park
In 2008 Shatsk National Nature Park became a partner of UNDP/GEF Project “Strengthening Governance and Financial Sustainability of the National Protected Area System in Ukraine”. Several joint initiatives were organized within the Project, such as the Clean Country clean-up campaign, a high level meeting on the development of a nature reserve fund under the chairmanship of the President of Ukraine, International conference on protected areas management, construction of the green tourism zone, and establishment of the training center for protected area management where 17 training sessions, with the participation of more than 300 experts, were conducted.
The Project’s experts helped the park staff and local community to equip tourist campsites and village guest homes, organize horse rides, mark and arrange existing ecological tourist routes and develop new routes, and print and distribute brochures and publications promoting environmental protection and awareness.
UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Alessandra Tisot visited Shatsk and met with Volodymyr Nayda, the Head of District (Rayon) Administration and Petro Yurchuk, the Director of Shatsk National Nature Park to discuss the results of cooperation on the implementation of the UNDP/GEF Project “Strengthening Governance and Financial Sustainability of the National Protected Area System in Ukraine”. The Project's main goal was to enhance the financial sustainability and strengthen institutional capacity of the protected areas system in Ukraine
Ms. Tisot thanked the national park and local government leadership for fruitful cooperation andemphasized the importance of advancing biodiversity conservation measures in the region.
“The sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services is essential for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and combating poverty. The objective of UNDP’s biodiversity work is to maintain and enhance the services provided by natural ecosystems to secure livelihoods, food, water and health, reduce vulnerability to climate change, sequester carbon, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Protected areas are key to buffering the unpredictable impacts of impending climate change, preserving Ukraine's outstanding biodiversity, and providing a broad range of services that benefit local people and society,” underlined the UN official.Mr. Petro Yurchuk, Director of Shatsk National Nature Park, and Mr. Volodymyr Nayda, Head of District (Rayon) Administration expressed their confidence in the potential for further project ideas in the territory of Shatsk rayon and ensuring support from the local authority on initiatives related to biodiversity conservation and the potential to develop tourism.