For Internal Use Only: Is Post-Chornobyl Ukraine Ready for Access to Environmental Information?
According to Article 19, Ukraine, the site of the worst environmental disaster in recent history, is still failing to protect the right of its citizens to access environmental information
Protest over planned nuclear waste container at Chernobyl
Environmental groups believe that it would be safer to build such containers near each nuclear power station, rather than having one centralized point with this minimizing the risk from transportation of radioactive material around the country
Where is the Aarhus Convention?
Prominent environmental and human rights activists have put their signatures to a letter addressed to Ukraines leaders. In it they give a scathing assessment of Ukraines adherence to the Aarhus Convention and make a number of urgent recommendations for action.
Its our environment: on asserting the right to know
A nationwide monitoring project “Right of access to environmental information” has found little to say thats possible about the situation in Ukraine
Supreme Court of Ukraine stands in guard over the Danube Delta!
On 13 November 2007 the Supreme Court Administrative Proceedings Chamber quashed all rulings of economic courts which had permitted the withdrawal of the Bystre Mouth from the territory of the Danube Biosphere Reserve.
Silent “Chernobyl” in Dnipropetrovsk
Ukraines Accounting Chamber has found that only 20 percent of the programme for radiation and social protection of the people of Zhovty Vody is being implemented
No carving up Ukraines heritage!
Crucial appeal court ruling imminent over the landscape park “Granite-Steppe Pobuzhya” in which Energoatom is fighting public opposition to its plans to flood part of an area of vital environmental, historic and cultural significance
Environmentalists against the Tashlyk Hydro Accumulating Power Station
The Prime Ministers support for this project has outraged environmentalists who warn that it will flood the regional landscape park “Granite-Steppe Pobuzhya” which is of unique natural and historic importance
Environmental help line launched
Lawyers from the organization “Environment – People – Law” will be providing legal consultations on environmental protection, defence of environmental rights and promotion of good environmental practice in Ukraine.
Only 6 percent of Ukraines territory remains unpolluted
OSCE experts believe the main factors to be the Chernobyl Disaster; military ammunition which has not been destroyed and toxic wastes
Cabinet of Ministers churning out agencies to flog Kyoto emission quotas
Present plans for creating yet another agency would appear to reflect the Governments concern to rake in profits from selling emission quotas at the expense of real implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, and needless to add, at the expense of our shared planet
The twilight zones of Ukrainian regional authorities
Curious details regarding regional variations in how forthcoming (or otherwise) the authorities are with information, even when this is on a statistical form and when it takes much more trouble to remove it than to simply answer the question ..
Journalists to fight for access to environmental information
The project participants are planning to investigate the possibilities of access to environmental information at central and regional level, and also take active measures to put an end to restrictions on such information
Ukraines international commitments over the Danube – Black Sea canal wont be forgotten
The canal, opened for shipping on 10 May, as well as the way the decision to build it was made have aroused strong criticism from Ukrainian and international environmental organizations
21 years since the Chernobyl Disaster
Ceremonies are taking place today in Ukraine and in other countries in memory of the victims of the terrible disaster.President Yushchenko has called on the authorities and society to make every effort to revive the Chernobyl zone.
Requiem gathering in Ivano-Frankivsk to mark the twenty first anniversary of Chernobyl
The region holds 13,227 people who suffered as a result of the Chernobyl Disaster, 3,835 of them children. There are 908 people with disability status as a result.
Access to information is the first step towards effective democracy
Among the areas of concern with regard to the new version of the Law on Information is ensuring access to environmental information. Given the authorities lack of adherence to environmental legislation and Ukraines international commitments, this remains a burning issue for all of us
Lviv journalists to become detectives
The Lviv civic journalist organization WETI is beginning its own investigation into pesticides which have gone missing in the Lviv region. If these have been buried anywhere, they could present a serious danger to the local population
“Article 19” to monitor the situation with environmental information in Ukraine
The “Article 19” project sets out to discover from local journalists how easy it is for them to work with environmental topics and information in Lviv and what problems they encounter when gathering environmental information