The woods have been already massively cut down; the plants will soon begin to die; animal unable to survive on bare slopes, will disappear; and the Danube will lose its main tributary – the Tisa River, which originates precisely at the Svydovets.
It is home to at least 93 endangered species of Red Data book of Ukraine (2009) including the European brown bear and the Eurasian lynx. More than half of Ukraine’s glacial lakes are located on the mountain range. The massif provides the hydrological regime of the region and contains the source of the international Tysa river which is a main tributary of the Danube river.

pristine forest landscapes biodiversity hotspot

The planned ski resort would have significant environmental impacts on the ecosystem

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The company that owns the “Bukovel” resort plans to build 2 ski resorts on the neighboring ridges of Mount Svydovets. At the end of 2022, the Polianytsya Village Council made a decision to develop the necessary documents for the construction of the “Bystrytsia” resort. According to the existing maps, this resort is intended to be located between the Bratkivskyi ridge and the village of Bystrytsia in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. The “Bystrytsia” resort is planned to cover an area of 1200 hectares and accommodate 20,000 visitors simultaneously.

Similarly, in late 2022, the Ust-Chorna Village Council agreed to the proposal of the “Bukovel” resort owners and started working on the documentation for another resort called “Turbat.” It will cover an area of 200 hectares and accommodate up to 5,000 visitors at a time.

Despite the ongoing conflict associated with oligarch Kolomoisky, the company plans to build not only the “Svydovets” resort but also two other resorts – “Bystrytsia” and “Turbat.” As indicated by the maps, all three resorts will not only be connected to each other but also to the existing “Bukovel” resort. As a result, a mega-resort will emerge, covering an area of at least 2,800 hectares and accommodating over 65,000 visitors (including the “Bukovel” resort). For comparison, this is two-thirds the size of Uzhhorod by area and half its population.

In February 2023, the local authorities are still working on the land documentation for the “Bystrytsia” and “Turbat” resorts. Meanwhile, we are studying the situation and preparing to counter the new appetites of the oligarchs.


Transcription of the investigation carried out by the “Schemes” team of Radio
Svoboda broadcast on
28 January 2021

Save the Carpathians –
No Olympic Winter Games in Ukraine!

Trees cannot scream

Trees cannot scream

How unsustainability and illegality are destroying the forests of the Ukrainian Carpathians

Prepared by the “Free Svydovets” Group (Ukraine)
in collaboration with the Bruno Manser Fonds (Switzerland) and the European cooperative “Longo maï”. 2021

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The Svydovets mountain range plays a tremendously important role in preserving thelandscape and biodiversity of the Carpathian Mountains. It is here that an enormous ski resort, which is bigger in area than Vyshhorod, Bakhchysarai or Khust, is planned to be built. The consequences of building andoperating such ski resort can be catastrophic for the environment and the local communities.

Open Book

The Svydovets case

Prepared by the Bruno Manser Fonds (Switzerland) in collaboration with the European cooperative “Longo maï” and the “Free Svydovets” Group (Ukraine).