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Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its consequences for people and nature
8 March @ 18:00 - 19:00
Last Friday, February 24, 2023 marked the anniversary of Russia’s failed attempt to conquer Ukraine.
While the war is still ongoing and unlikely to end soon, it has already taken a terrible toll on the Ukrainian people, their homes, on Ukrainian cities and villages and Ukrainian nature.
Putin’s war is a crime against humanity and the environment – with its ultimate consequences for nature still difficult to predict. News in the West have focussed on concerns about military escalation and threats from the use of nuclear weapons. Other aspects, such as the fate of Ukraine’s water supply, the effects of war-related environmental pollution, or the damage to Ukrainian nature from the battles have received much less attention.
…we will hear from four Ukrainian conservationists how the war is affecting the Ukrainian people and the environment. Bohdan Prots of the Danube Carpathian Programme, Yuliya Bondarenko of BirdLife Ukraine, Natalia Kulia of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies (IERS), and Ivan Tymofeiev, Project Coordinator Central Asia and Eastern Europe Programme NABU will give us a first-hand account of their last year and tell us about their current personal and professional situation. Attendees will get the chance to ask the panellists direct questions.