We are representatives of the Ukrainian environmental community. Since the war started, we have been working to defeat the aggressor. However, we cannot leave aside the matter of Ukrainian environmental protection.
The Russian invasion is a tragedy. It is also a window of opportunity. The opportunity to provide for a higher level of safety and well-being for Ukrainian citizens. Now Ukraine is closer than ever to European integration. Will this process succeed? It will also depend on the ability of our country to protect its environment.
Environmental protection started in Europe at Stockholm International Conference back in June 1972. The sustainable development concept was discussed for the first time and 26 principles of environmental protection were developed. These principles became the basis for all future international environmental treaties as well as cross-cutting environmental policies of the EU countries.