Their survey revealed that town residents complain the most about industrial dust (Bila Tserkva is the largest populated industrial area in Kyiv Oblast), the absence of green recreational areas, the non-rational use of resources, and the creation of the so-called “frying pan effect” in densely built-up areas.
Another pleasant surprise for the Foundation’s team was that they would be able to secure support not only from residents, but also from the local authorities.
“When we were starting the town safari, we discussed cooperation with the Department of Housing and Communal Services in Bila Tserkva,” said Mykola Hlukhenky, a project manager at the Biodiversity Conservation Foundation. “It turned out that they had for a long time been looking for projects to improve their urban environment, and are ready to support them. The department immediately agreed to be our partner in the town safari.”
Out of all of the ideas that were put forward by environmental activists in Bila Tserkva, the greatest approval was given to the proposal that vegetation be planted at a public transport stop, and that meadow grasses be planted on the dividing strip in the city centre (on Prince Volodymyr Avenue). Once the participants obtain approval from the authorities, they will be able to implement the solution they “hunted down.”