Statement «To stop the ecologically and economically inexpedient project of the continental waterway E-40 Gdańsk – Kherson»

The National Platforms of Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum consider it necessary to draw the attention of the governments of the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine, European partners and the public that activities related to the E-40 Gdansk-Kherson continental waterway project are carried out in violation of not only national legislation, but also international treaties of both countries.

In the absence of a developed E-40 project (there is only the feasibility study), international agreements are concluded both at the government level and at the regional level, as well as at the level of companies for the development of fragments of the E-40 river track infrastructure, as if the project was already approved by all interested parties and supported by the public. At the same time, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Ukraine confirmed that the E-40 project has not yet been developed.

If implemented, the E-40 continental waterway project will have, as experts noted, devastating  consequences for the ecosystems of the Republic of Belarus, Ukraine and the Republic of Poland.

According to estimates compiled by Save Polessia – a project initiated by five civil society organizations from Belarus, Ukraine, Poland and Germany – the planned E-40 poses a threat to 4,558 sq km of Natura2000 Polish sites (more than 7%), 5,342 sq km of sites Belarusian Emerald Network (more than 25%) and 15 501 sq. km of sections of the Ukrainian Emerald Network (9%).

Considering the above, the Working Groups of the 3 National Platforms of Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum consider it necessary to sign the Statement “Environment, Climate Change and Energy Security” that you can see below in pdf-format.

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