Ukraine: government endorses new climate-resilient strategy

Ukraine: government endorses new climate-resilient strategy

October 22, 2021

The Government of Ukraine has endorsed a strategy to make Ukraine a more environmentally safe and climate-resilient country, ready to meet unavoidable climate change impacts by 2030. It was developed with the support of the EU and the UNDP EU4Climate project.

The Environmental Security and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy of Ukraine until 2030 will also contribute to implementing Ukraine’s international obligations under the Paris Agreement.

The strategy focuses on essential steps to assess how climate impacts on society, economy, and nature, integrating adaptation in sectoral and local policies, and ensuring better use of climate data. It defines ten vulnerable sectors and natural components: biodiversity, water resources, energy, public health, fisheries, agriculture and soils, forestry, cities and territorial communities, transport and infrastructure, coastal areas, and tourism. By 2024, these sectors are to undergo an analysis of their climate vulnerability and the risks they face. Based on that, vital adaptation measures will be developed. 

The Strategy’s Action Plan sets out required changes to the legislation, including incorporating climate adaptation in local economic and social development strategies, an environmental assessment process, and an environmental impact assessment process.

“While climate impacts know no borders, we congratulate Ukraine’s Environmental Security and Climate Adaptation Strategy, which will contribute to building a continent prepared to face climate change,” said Matti Maasikas, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

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