A fifth of protected areas in Ukraine are under threat of destruction as a result of the war unleashed by Russia.
On Monday, October 3, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Ruslan Strelets, said at a hearing in the European Parliament in Strasbourg that the ecological damage caused by the military invasion of the Russian Federation is estimated at approximately 36 billion euros, and millions of hectares of nature reserves are under threat.
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According to the Ukrainian minister, a fifth of protected areas in Ukraine are under threat of destruction, in total, about 2,000 cases of environmental damage have been recorded. The ministry estimated damages for air pollution at about 25 billion euros, and another 11.4 billion euros are needed to eliminate the damage caused to the soil.
“In just seven months of the war, 31 million tons of carbon were released into the atmosphere, which is roughly equal to the amount produced by New Zealand in a year,” said Strelets.
The minister added that 79 million tons of greenhouse emissions may be generated during the restoration of infrastructure and buildings destroyed by the Russian invaders.
As a reminder, mass forest fires occurred as a result of rocket and bomb strikes on the territory of the Narodytskyi Territorial Community in the Zhytomyr Region, as a result of which more than 2,100 hectares of forest were destroyed by fire on the territory of the “Drevlyanskyi” nature reserve.