Peatlands turned into park: New bicycle path opens in Chernihiv Oblast

Jun 30, 2017

Photo credit: © Andrey Krepkih

Kyiv, June 30, 2017 – UNDP opens a bicycle path at Regional Landscape Park “Nizhynskiy”, encouraging Ukrainians to use bicycles in their daily life and taking care of the environment. The cycle path is ten and a half kilometers long route across different landscapes, including around five kilometers of dirt road and six kilometers of forestry road. The route is also equipped with informational boards, pointers and pavilions for rest during the trip along the road.

“We hope that the path will be attractive and popular among the youth and adults, serving also as a study point for making the country green and clean,” said Janthomas Hiemstra, UNDP Ukraine Country Director.

The bicycle path is opened in the framework of the EU-funded “ClimaEast: Conservation and sustainable use of peatlands” project, implemented by UNDP to contribute to climate change mitigations and biodiversity conservation. It is aimed at demonstrating how areas of abandoned agricultural peatlands with carbon emissions can be restored and protected.

The project is implemented in 10 Ukrainian regions and focuses on three main activities:

  1. development of 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 of the restoration of degraded agricultural peatlands to prevent carbon emissions

  3. strengthening the protection of existing peatlands areas in Chernihiv region

 

Background:

The Regional Landscape Park (RLP) “Nizhynskiy” was established on the 6,100-hectare-territory in Nizhyn rayon (Chernihiv oblast) in 2015 as a pilot project within “ClimaEast: Conservation and sustainable use of peatlands” project. Two ecological paths have already been created there.

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Yevgeniy Zelenko, UNDP Ukraine Media Officer | +38 044 254 0035 | yevgeniy.zelenko@undp.org

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