The Second National Political Dialogue “Reconsidering Water Safety for Ukraine” Print
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The Global Water Partnership of Ukraine and the Institute for Water Problems and Land Improvement, the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine held the Second National Political Dialogue “Reconsidering Water Security for Ukraine” on May 25, 2016.

The event was intended to serve a forum for stakeholders to discuss interrelations between water and food security, ensuring of water security in the Ukrainian agrarian sector, and drought management as important components of the national food security under climate change conditions.

The National Political Dialogue was attended by 60 representatives from central executive authorities such as the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, State Agency for Water Resources, State Forestry Agency, National Security and Defence Council, National Academy of Agrarian Science, Ukrainian Hydro-Meteorological Centre of the State Emergency Service as well as from research institutions, higher educational institutions and non-government organizations including Kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko; Institute for Irrigation Farming (National Academy of Agrarian Science (NAAS); Institute for Agroecology and Nature Management (NAAS); Institute for Soil and Agrochemistry named after O. Sokolovsky (NAAS); National University for Water Sector and Nature Management; State Academy for Ecology, Post-Graduate Education and Administration; Institute for Nature Management Economics and Sustainable Development (NAAS); State Institute for Water Resources Management and Economics; Institute for Hydrobiology (NAAS); National University for Bio-resources and Nature Management; Ukrainian Research Institute for Forestry and Agroforestry named after G.Vysotsky; Kherson State University; Institute for Irrigation Fruit Growing named after Sydorenko (NAAS), Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute; Central Geophysical Observatory; MAMA-86 and the media.

M.I. Romashchenko, the Director of the Institute for Water Problems and Land Improvement, welcomed the participants on behalf of the hosts and sponsors of the Second National Dialogue. In his welcome address on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences, V.L. Kurylo emphasised the importance and interconnection of the water security and agrarian sector development. In his address on behalf of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, V.M. Topchiy underlined that the current situation with supplying water to rural residents and farmers is unsatisfactory and this negatively affects the national food security. Modern farming in Ukraine is hardly possible without advanced irrigation systems with allowance for climate changes. The representatives from the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources — Yuri Kolmas and Olexandr Bon — also mentioned the urgent nature of the water security issue for Ukraine in their welcome address. Being a party to global conventions on fighting desertification and climate change and having signed the Association Agreement with the EU, Ukraine has to do a lot with harmonization and implementation of EU principles and standards of management in the water sector based on integration at the basin level. The presenters mentioned also latest achievements, such as approval of the National Action Plan for fighting land degrading and desertification (Cabinet of Ministers Instruction #271-p dated March 30, 2016) and adoption of amendments to selected laws including the Water Code in their first reading. The latter is the first step towards implementation of the basin principle, tools for river basin management and other important measures.

The participants to the Political Dialogue presented and discussed existing and expected water risks, their impact on the agriculture production in Ukraine and influence on the national water and food security. In the first place, this concerns droughts. Specifically, the attendees considered prospects for irrigation development. Mr. Romashchenko told about latest developments of this Institute including the strategy for developing irrigation in Ukraine for the purposes of ensuring the water and food security through ecosystem services in providing/restoring the quantity and quality of fresh water. Special attention should be paid to the role of natural ecosystems in adaptation to climate changes, especially under drought conditions. In addition, the participants familiarized themselves with problems of implementation of the Action Plan for fighting desertification and soil degrading. The Guidelines on Developing Action Plans for Drought (Risk) Management formulated by the CEU Global Water Partnership were also presented to the participants. It is imperative that recommendations contained in the Guidelines be implemented in Ukraine with allowance for the analysis of consequences of threefold (meteorological, hydrological and agricultural) drought of 2015 and current disturbing forecast for the next decade with respect to an increase in the frequency and magnitude of emergency weather phenomena, specifically, droughts. Development of drought fighting policies should begin with identification of a competent authority and analysis of gaps in key elements of current policies.

Follow the link to learn more about the intensive programme of the Dialogue and participants’ presentations:

At the moment, the resolution of the Second National Political Dialogue is in the process of refining. It will be released to the public after June 10, 2016.

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See photos of the event here.

 
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