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Green Restoration of Ukraine: Public position

In speeches and press conferences over the past few weeks, President Zelenskiy has expressed his vision for restoring Ukraine: from European states' sponsorship of Ukrainian cities to business facilitation and digitalization. On April 21, Ukraine's President signed a Decree creating the National Council for the Reconstruction of the Country from the Consequences of War. Although full restoration of the country's economy and infrastructure cannot begin until large-scale hostilities end and territories are liberated, discussions and plans for rebuilding the country are already underway.
The statements of the President, Government representatives, and the Verkhovna Rada, as well as the positions of international partners, have been studied by NGOs in order to develop principles for Ukraine's restoration. The key requirement is that Ukraine's reconstruction is not a return to the pre-war state but a full-fledged rebuilding and integration into the European Community based on sustainable development and taking the European Green Deal into account. Which is also a guarantee of meeting the Copenhagen criteria for the EU accession.
The new "green" policy's mission is to strike a balance between public, business, and environmental interests. We're not just talking about rebuilding; we're talking about creating a sustainable future for coming generations. We emphasize the importance of the environmental dimension of the planned reconstruction and infrastructure projects in order for the new Ukraine to be a comfortable, safe, healthy, and prosperous home for all Ukrainians.
We are aware that all actions aimed at assisting people in their daily lives, such as critical infrastructure restoration, must be completed as soon as possible. Long-term planning and capital construction, on the other hand, must consider not only the current cost of projects, but also their long-term effectiveness and total cost of the future vision.
General principles: Green restoration is the foundation of Ukraine's future post-war reconstruction strategy.
1. Environmental and climate policies that cut across all sectors. Environmental and climate policy provisions, conditions, and limitations must be considered for all strategic and programmatic documents in all spheres of public life and at all levels. The priorities of the European Green Deal (EGR), particularly economic modernization and decarbonization, clean industrial production, biodiversity preservation, and the transition to sustainable agricultural practices, should be key objectives of Ukraine's post-war recovery.

2. Reconstruction should serve the needs of Ukrainians and contribute to the sustainable development of Ukraine. The pursuit of financing for economic recovery should be consistent with sustainable development goals, with a focus on the development of high-value production chains rather than the resource-exporting economy.
3. Green economy development. A green economy should be low-carbon and energy-efficient, nature-oriented, with efficient and clean production and balanced consumption, and based on the following principles: shared responsibility, innovation, cooperation, solidarity, flexibility, and interdependence. Development should prioritize empowerment and expanding national economic options through targeted and appropriate fiscal policies. Economic development must comply with climate objectives, environmental policy, and social protection policy to be sustainable and green. It should be guided and supported by an independent regulatory body designed to protect legal principles as well as environmental and social aspects.
4. Environmental standards at all levels. Environmental monitoring and quality standards should define methods of observation and the corresponding requirements for the quality of soils, air, water, and the environment as a whole, rather than rationing the permissible impact on environmental components. The ultimate goal is to keep the environment safe and desirable. Infrastructure and business rehabilitation should be based on the most advanced technologies and management methods available.
5. Compliance with European environmental planning instruments in Ukraine's development. The foundation of restoration is compliance with environmental legislation, particularly concerning Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of plans and programs and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of planned activities to take environmental priorities into account when planning development and restoration in Ukraine. Derogation or even temporary revocation of environmental legislation in the context of wartime or post-war restoration is unacceptable.

6. The importance of local self-government, transparency, and public and community participation in decision-making. The development of documents, such as post-war recovery strategies or programs, should involve all stakeholders, including local governments and civil society organizations. Subsidiarity (bottom-up) decisions, strategies, and action plans are required to develop a successful decentralization reform. Local governments should take the lead in their communities and feel a sense of ownership over the recovery efforts. All public developments, initiatives, and analytics should be considered and factored into decision-making.
7. Effective management and application of trust/donor funds for post-war reconstruction and green economy development. In light of the wide range of financial and technical assistance offered to Ukraine, such funds should work together and in accordance with the principles of efficient and transparent administration of their activities, as well as supplement their work with activities to enhance the capacity of all stakeholders to "green" recovery and development at national and local levels. The use of donor funds should be transparent and open, with broad participation from all stakeholders.
Subscribing organizations:

World Wide Fund for Nature WWF-Ukraine

"Center for Environmental Initiatives Ecoaction” NGO

ICO “Environment-People-Law”

"Ecoclub" NGO

"Unique Planet" NGO

“Danube-Carpathian Program" NGO

National Ecological Center of Ukraine" NGO "

Coalition of NGOs “It is enough to poison Kryvyi Rih”,ICO “ Information Center Green Dossier ”

Resource and Analysis Center "Society and Environment"

DiXi Group NGO

ГО “Всеукраїнська агенція інвестицій та сталого розвитку”

ГО "Еколтава"

ЕГО “Зелений Світ”

ХМГО “ЕкоПраво-Харків”

ГО Луганський обласний правозахисний центр «Альтернатива»

ГО Експертно-дорадчий центр “Правова аналітика”

ГО “Лісові ініціативи і суспільство”


Коаліція громадських організацій “Досить труїти Кривий Ріг” у складі:

ГС «Міжнародна Бізнес Асоціація»

ГО «Об’єднання Відповідальних Громадян»

ГО «Всеукраїнське об’єднання територіальних громад “ГРОМАДСЬКА БЕЗПЕКА”»

ГС «Досить труїти Кривий Ріг»

ГО «Основи свідомості»

ГО Екопарк Осокорки


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