Life in cities is about constant change. Before you know it, a park becomes another construction site, a lawn behind a house building turns into a landfill, and your favourite district into a concrete jungle, lacking space for nature and its creatures.
- Ukraine ranks eighth in Europe in air pollution. Over a third of the population suffers from some form of respiratory disease.
- The total green area within Ukrainian cities and other towns covers 396,600 hectares. This is less than 1 percent of the country’s territory.
- Ukraine has more than 6,000 landfills. This equals the area of 500 “Olympic” stadiums. A quarter of them do not meet safety standards.
Since November 2019, UNDP Ukraine has promoted the concept of nature-based solutions, shaping a stakeholder community around the topic.
In 2020, the global initiative UNDP Ukraine Accelerator Lab and its partners developed the Community Safari concept. The program engages city residents in searching for innovative nature-based solutions for local communities.
Inspired by this success, UNDP has initiated the project “Nature-based Solutions for Sustainable Cities.” The project aims to inform city residents, public authorities, and businesses about urban green solutions. We all have the right to live in a “healthy city,” breathe clean air, and see more green oases from our apartment windows, not just the walls of neighbouring grey skyscrapers.