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Published at : 2018-07-19

Small rivers in Pripyat river basin are contaminated. How to solve this problem together with locals? EU-funded project “Cross-border water inspectors” started in border regions of Belarus and Ukraine.


Within the framework of project 20 public ecological posts will be organized in Pinsk (Belarus) and Lubeshiv (Ukraine) districts. Their participants will be 20 adults and 200 schoolchildren. They will monitor condition of rivers, lakes and wells in these districts and conduct 20 campaigns on water examination and coasts cleaning.

They will seek for blockages, littered places on rives as well as analyze chemical composition of water through compact chemical laboratories. Information will be uploaded on special website or passed directly to district inspections of nature resources and environmental protection. It will help inspections to take timely decisions. Together with that, locals will get to know about problems of small rivers which drain in their towns and villages.


Pripyat river. Photo by Sergei Plytkevich

We want to draw attention of local population to problems of small rivers. Not only quality of water we drink depends on their condition Rivers and their coasts is home for birds, plants and living organisms, says Sviatlana Paddubnaya, Project Manager of “Cross-border Water Inspectors”

Cross-border summer camp will take place in Pinsk district this August. It will gain more than two hundred schoolchildren from Pinsk and Lubeshiv districts. Camp will happen during August 16-22 and finish with water festival.

Together with that, waterpipe will be installed in village Zapolle in Pinsk district  as well as recreation area equipped near river Korostynka in Lubeshiv district within the framework of project.

Project “Cross-border water inspectors” is co-funded by the European Union within Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme Belarus Ukraine. Project is being implemented by Pinsk District Executive Committee (leading partner) and Interakcia Foundation from Belarusian side and Department of Education, Youth and Sport of Lubeshiv District State Administration and Lubeshiv Ecological Organization “World Around Us” from Ukrainian side.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents are the sole responsibility of Local Foundation for Promotion of International Dialogue and Cooperation ‘Interakcia’ and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.


Sviatlana Paddubnaya, Project Manager, +375 29 383 59 83 (mob.), +375 17 280 13 30 (office);

Dziyana Liashkevich, Visibility and communication manager, +375 44 749 25 97 (mob.), +375 17 280 13 30 (office);