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Announcement: The Environmental Consequences of Russian War in Ukraine: Together for the future recovery of the Ukrainian Environment

13. 3. 2023

We invite specialists in environmental security and international relations, specialists in post-war community reconstruction to participate in the international online conference, which will be held on March 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Since military actions have a negative impact not only on the infrastructure, but also worsen the safety of the environment, we are organizing an international conference to help Ukraine and to attract the experience of international experts in overcoming the consequences of war.

The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity for researchers and experts to present current results and ideas related to the environmental consequences of the Russian war in Ukraine. The speakers will focus on the Ukrainian issue but will also represent international views and share some examples on the damages caused by different military actions in the past.

The war waged by Russia against Ukraine is the largest armed conflict on the European continent since World War II. The goal of the conference is to initiate wider investigations of damaged territories and contribute to the international elaboration of the recovery plan for the environment and rebuilding the country based on sustainability principles.

Main topics to be discussed:

What danger weapons and military equipment do pose to the environment?

  • How military actions affect certain components of the environment (air, water, soil)?
  • What conclusions and forecasts can be made regarding the negative impact of the war on the environment in the medium and long term?
  • Have there been recorded war damages to the environment in the past? What are the international mechanisms for compensation for such damages?
  • What are the challenges of remediation of contaminated sites?
  • What are the most important environmental issues to be discussed after the war ends?
  • How to combine the post-war recovery of cities and the economy of Ukraine with compliance with environmental standards and principles of sustainable development?

Moderator: Anna Yeliseyeva, PhD, European Green Party


10:30 – 11:00 Introduction – moderator Anna Yeliseyeva, PhD, European Green Party (5 min) 


Jakub Lewandowski, Embassy of the Czech Republic (5 min.) 

Oleksandr Stavniychuk, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Ukraine (10 min)  

Michal Pastvinský, Ministry of Environment, Czech Republic (5 min.) 

11:00 – 11:15 Olexiy Angurets – Review of the report: Environmental consequences of Russian war in Ukraine (Clean Air for Ukraine / Green World) (15 min) 

11:15 – 11:30 Miroslav Havránek (Czech Enviromental Information Agency) – War against Ukraine – war against the environment: view of war from the Czech perspective (15 min) 

11:30 – 11:45 Pavlo Khazan - (PhD, Lt. Col. AFU /Green World) Environmental aspects of the Russian war in Ukraine (15 min) 

11:45 – 11:55 Rebecca Harms (former Member of European Parliament) – Ecological challenges for the recovery (10 min) 

11:55 – 12:05 Marcela Cernochova (Clean Air for Ukraine / Arnika) Inventory and analysis of contaminated sites in the Czech Republic (10 min) 

12:05 – 12:20 Maud Sarlieve (Pravo Justice)  Investigating and Prosecuting the Environmental Impact of the Conflict: Challenges and Opportunities (15 min) 

12:20 – 12:30 Simona Bočková (World from space) The effects of the war on air pollution in Ukraine – based on satellite data (10 min) 

12:30 – 13:00 Discussion and closing 

To participate, please, register via the link by 21 March, 8 am EET (Kyiv time), 2023:

The event is organised with financial support from the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

For more information please contact: Yana Hederim, +38(099) 303 55 69, +38(098) 256 50 33

Clean Air for Ukraine

This project is led by a non-governmental organization Arnika (Czech Republic) in cooperation with local civic initiatives in industrial towns of Ukraine with financial support from the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

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