To the President of Ukraine

Bankova Str., 11, Kyiv, 01220, Ukraine

copy: The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
Hrushevskoho Str., 12/2,
Kyiv, 01008,Ukraine

copy: Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources
Mytropolyta Vasylia Lypkivskoho Str.,35, Kyiv, 03035, Ukraine

We request that you protect the unique natural ecosystems of the Svydovets mountainrange!

The Svydovets mountain range plays a tremendously important role in preserving thelandscape and biodiversity of the Carpathian Mountains. Here is the place wheredozens of rare and endangered plants grow and the migration routes for rare andendangered animal species lie. Here is the source of the Tysa River, which flowsthrough the territory of 5 countries and is the largest tributary of the Danube.

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.

The complex is planned to be built next to the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, whichincludes areas belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage and the European Wildlifebiodiversity hotspot. For this, approximately 850 ha of forests will be cut down includingthe primeval forests in Yasynia Forest and Hunting State-Owned Enterprise., whereresearchers have identified 837,3 ha of primeval forests and 556,9 ha of old-growthnear-polonyna forests. The proximity of a ski resort can have an irreversible influence tothese unique natural complexes.

Thus, we request that you:

  1. Contribute to the creation of new nature reserves in the Tysa basin andSvydovets Highlands and extension of the existing ones.
  2. Do not approve the change in the intended purpose of the land within the Yasynia Forestry and Hunting State-Owned Enterprise.
  3. Contribute to the approximation of the Ukrainian environmental law to that of the European Union, in particularby initiating voting for the Bill “On the strategic environmental assessment” in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.