Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region is one of the most heavily industrialised areas on Earth. With a 200 year history of coal mining and heavy industry, the conflict there has already led to widespread groundwater contamination from flooded mines, while the ongoing fighting risks triggering a chemical emergency with a number of sensitive facilities close to the line of contact. With political will, dialogue over common environmental threats could be a source of cooperation between parties.


Country brief: Ukraine

A brief introductory overview of the environmental dimensions of the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region, with facts, figures and further reading.


New data on Ukraine conflict’s environmental risks supports calls for comprehensive assessment

With the Ukraine conflict’s environment risks again in the news, Zoï Environment Network has released new maps on the environmental consequences of the conflict. Both sides are increasingly conscious of the humanitarian and ecological impact of the war and plans to minimise risks and encourage sustainable reconstruction are being promoted. But without a comprehensive assessment of the damage, such proposals are of limited value.

Twitter: #Ukraine

War and wildlife, an often complicated relationship, as this piece on the impact of the conflict on #biodiversity in eastern #Ukraine amply demonstrates. H/t @wammezz

Head of @ICRC_ua Alain Aeschlimann discusses the need for parties to the conflict in #Ukraine to establish protected zones around key water infrastructure, should this be successful we'd argue for similar zones around hazardous industrial sites

Защитные зоны: сдержать обещание

Каждый раз, посещая зону конфликта на Донбассе, я поражаюсь многочисленным трудно...

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