in frames of new Project of Nature Biodiversity Conservation Union(NABU)“Adaptation of local communities to the expansion of national parks of Transcarpathia by common efforts of Churches and NGOs”.

Place of residence of the participants of the conference: Ukraine, Transcarpathian region, Mezhigorskiy district, Synevir-Ostriki village, 1626. The base of the Synevir National Park.

Venue of the conference: Ukraine, Transcarpathian region, p. Synevir-Ostriki, 1626.

Time frames: 27-30 September 2019.

The aim of the project is to facilitate the adaptation of local territorial and religious communities located in the expanded and adjacent national parks to the new conditions of practical environmental management and environmental behavior through the joint efforts of the church, municipalities and NGOs. A significant outcome of the project is the establishment of a dialogue between local communities and national park administrations with the support of the church and the development of models for the practical implementation of their interaction based on the practical skills and competences offered in the training.

Objective of the international conference: on the basis of preliminary consultations in the European Parliament, in the European Commission, in the DBU, experts from NABU, IRCEF, IERS, representatives of national parks, “Turinform Zakarpatia”, local environmental NGOs, local religious and territorial communities are necessary:

Discuss the state of dialogue between the administrations of protected areas and the local population:

  • discuss the status of dialogue between the administrations of protected areas and the local population;
  • assess the needs of local communities and their ability to develop methodological materials to assist protected areas administrations;
  • to approve the developed cases for the publication of the manual and information campaign, coordination of scientific, theological and civil parts of the work;
  • discuss national and international funding opportunities for IRCEF.

Leaders of a number of national parks of Ukraine, delegates from “ecological” divisions of churches and religious organizations, as well as representatives of NGOs, authorities, mass media and scientific world of Ukraine and Germany were invited to the conference. Besides, it is expected that Mrs. Rebecca Harms, member of the European Parliament, member of the leadership of the German Green Party, Dr. Michael Vogel – former Director of the Berchtesgaden National Park, NABU employee, Mr. Wilhelm Kulke – former Special Representative of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), in the past, DBU Special Representative for Eastern Europe; Boris Tichomirov – Head of Central Asia and Eastern Europe (NABU) will participate in the event.

Direct reach: 35-50 experts, academics, NGO and church leaders, community activists.

Opening of the conference: Saturday, September 28.

Closing of the conference: Wednesday, September 30.

Expenses on travel, accommodation and meal for invited participants are covered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany.

Ivan Tymofeiev NABU Charitéstraße 3 10117 Berlin Phone: +49 (0)176 2234 29 15 E-Mail: Bokotey Oleksandr Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies (IERS) Andrei Batschinskij-Platz, 1a Uschhorod-88000 Phone: +38050-709-65-67 E-Mail:

CONFERENCE 27-30.09.2019

27 September 2019

13:25 Arriving of a German delegation at the airport in Lviv

14:30 Lunch in Stryi (Restaurant Vulyk, v. Duliby)

16:30 Visits to the village of Pilipets (Mizhhhirskiy district, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine, with the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Committee for Ecological Politics and Environmental Management), visit to Polonina Borzhava to see the endemic ecosystems, which are in a threat of downfall

19:00 Meeting with Polonina Borzhava activists on protection of Polonina Borzhava from WES development (Pilipets village, Grand Hotel).

21:00 Arrival at Synevir National Park (dinner, overnight stay)


8:00 Breakfast

8:30–9:00 Registration of participants


09:00 Ecological meditation “Creation”. Priests of the Orthodox, Roman and Greek Catholic Churches, representatives of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine (DUMU);

9:10 Introduction Boris Tichomirow (NABU), Rebecca Harms (EU);

09:20 Speeches of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine:

  • Igor Krivosheev, Head of Committee of the Elimination of the Consequences of Chornobyl Catastrophe. The initiator of the creation of the working group of saving Borzhava walleye from industrial development;
  • Yulia Ovchinnikova, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Forest Resources, Fauna and Flora, Natural Landscapes and Natural Resources Fund;
  • Oleksandr Marikovsky, Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Environmental Policy and Environmental Management.

09:50 Interim report on project implementation Bokotey Alexander (IE-RS)

10:05 Sustainable tourism development potential in the Carpathian national parks (Alexander Koval, Turinfocenter of Transcarpathia)

10:25 Discussion

10:35 Responsible waste management in national parks as a necessary element of preservation of unique ecosystems – Victor Buchinsky / Kobrinsky Dmitry, NGO “Clean Coast”

10:55 Discussion

11:00 Coffee break (during coffee break an exhibition of the photos of Olga Tymofeieva is offered)

11:30 Transfer of experience of ÖkoFaire Gemeinde project from Germany to Ukraine (Boris Beznoshenko, IRCEF)

11:40 Transfer of Green Parish project experience from Germany to Ukraine as one of the conditions for adaptation (Mikhail Bilanysch, IRCEF)

12:00 Discussion

12:10 The Interreligious Council for the Protection of the Carpathian Mountains as one of the most effective mechanisms for the protection of forest ecosystems – (f. Roman Romanovich, Ecological referent of the UGCC) (Fr. Roman Romanovich, Ecological Referenceant of the UGCC)

12:25 Discussion

12:30 Community Expansion Experience – Recommendations for National Parks of Ukraine

(Dr. Michael Vogel, NABU)

12:50 Discussion

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Discussion with the participation of park directors: Synevyr National Park, Uzhansky National Park, Zacharovanyi Krai National Park; representatives of local self-government bodies; headmasters.

15:00 The results of the internship (2018-2019) financed by DBU in the NABU. Developing the theme of sustainable tourism development in national parks to adapt communities to NP extention. A start of a new DBU project – (Ivan Tymofeiev Project coordinator)

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 The results of the internship’s Umwelt Bureau NordKirche (Hamburg) financed by DBU and the presentation of selected project ideas for implementation in Ukraine (Boris Beznoschenko, DBU Scholarship holder)

16:20 Results of the internship financed by DBU at the Eberswalde Forest University (Solomiya Gordasevich, DBU scholarship holder)

16:40 Building of ecological competence of children in pre-school educational establishments on the territory of NPP – as important component of adaptation of communities to expansion of NP – (Olga Tymofeieva)

17:00 Preliminary conclusions of the project “The importance of ecological work with local communities” – promotion of “Green certification / adaptation of communities to national parks / waste sorting / energy saving community / Carpathian communities /” (moderator Bogdan Motuzenko)

17:20 Wilhelm Kulke – East Europe expert (former representative of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)

17:40 Impressions, actions, capabilities for Future development – (Rebecca Harms)

18:00 Summing up of the first day of the conference (Boris Tichomirov)

18:20 Dinner

19:00 Hutsul Music Night

21:00 Closing of the first day of the conference


08:30 Breakfast



09:00 Visit of Kolochava village

09:40 Needs of local government in work with territorial communities (meeting with local government of Kolochava village).

10:00 Ethnographic component as an important element of the potential of local tourism development (visiting Old Village Museum in Kolochava)

11:30 Problems of pollution of water ecosystems, responsible waste management

12:30 Features of living conditions in settlements on the territories of national parks (energy saving, responsible waste management)

13:30 The need to work with young people (school as an eco-hub, indirect impact on adults)

14:30 Lunch

15:30 Experience of work of animal rehabilitation centers in national parks (bear / bird rehabilitation centers)

16:30 Potential for tourism development in national parks (case study of Synevyr Lake infrastructure).

18:00 Departure to Lviv

22:00 Arrival at the Lviv Theological Seminary (dinner, overnight stay)


06:30 Breakfast

07:00–07:30 Departure to Lviv Airport

09:30 Flight to Germany (Berlin)

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