A series of working meetings has been launched to develop a Strategy for the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) monitoring in Ukraine

The first meeting organized by the Association Ukrainian Soil Partnership in cooperation with public authorities and with the support of FAO in Ukraine in the framework of the project “Integrated Natural Resources Management in Degraded Landscapes in the Forest-Steppe and Steppe Zones of Ukraine” implemented with a support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was hold on November 10, 2020.

The objective of the meeting is to initiate the process of developing a Strategy for the land degradation neutrality monitoring, to identify the main areas of monitoring and to begin work on harmonizing and consolidating the system of indicators.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine, committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations, Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture, State Service of Ukraine for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre, agribusiness, experts of the Global Soil Partnership (FAO UN), representatives of the public and other international organizations.

Composition Of The Working Group:

  1. Ihor Iatsyk, General director of the State Institution "Soil Protection Institute of Ukraine"; deputy Honorary chairman of the Association “Ukrainian Soil Partnership”
  2. Mykola Miroshnychenko, Deputy director for Science of the National Scientific Center «Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry Research Named After O.N. Sokolovsky»; Honorary Chairman of the Association “Ukrainian Soil Partnership”
  3. Yurii Kolmaz, Acting Head of the Department for Biodiversity and Land Resources Protection of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine
  4. Viktor Kaminskyi, director of the National Scientific Center “Institute of Agriculture of NAAS”
  5. Sviatoslav Baluik, director of the National Scientific Center «Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry Research Named After O.N. Sokolovsky»
  6. Mykhailo Romaschchenko, Director of the Institute of Water problem and Land Reclamation of NAAS
  7. Orest Furdychko, director of the Institute of Agroecology and Environmental Management of NAAS
  8. Anatoliy Moskalenko, director of the Institute of Agricultural Microbiology and Agro Industrial Production of NAAS
  9. Oleksandr Kravchuk, deputy director of the L.I. Medved's Research Center of Preventive Toxicology, Food and Chemical Safety
  10. Yurii Dmytruk, Head of the Department of Agrotechnology and Soil Science of the Institute of Biology, Chemistry and Bioresources of the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
  11. Oksana Davis, GEF project coordinator, FAO in Ukraine
  12. Oleksandr Tarariko, Chief researcher of the Laboratory of Aerospace Sensing of the Agrosphere of the Department of Radioecology and Remote Sensing of Landscapes of the Institute of Agroecology and Environmental Management of NAAS
  13. Mykola Tkachenko, Deputy director for Research, Head of the Department of Agrosoil Science and Soil Microbiology of the National Scientific Center “Institute of Agriculture of NAAS”
  14. John Schmorhun, Specialist in work coordination with business and public organizations
  15. Ihor Polytsia, head of the department of land management and land valuation of the State Institution "Soil Protection Institute of Ukraine"
  16. Mykola Zinchuk, director of the Volyn branch of the State Institution "Soil Protection Institute of Ukraine"
  17. Victor Zapasnyi, head of the Soil Monitoring Research Department of the State Institution "Soil Protection Institute of Ukraine"
  18. Andrii Naumenko, Head of the department of ecological safety of lands, product quality and environment research of the State Institution "Soil Protection Institute of Ukraine"
  19. Volodymyr Ovsienko, head of the Laboratory of Mapping, Geographic Information Systems, Information Processing and Experimental Research of the Lviv Branch of the State Institution "Soil Protection Institute of Ukraine"
  20. Oleksandra Tevonyan, head of the sector of scientific editorial and publishing activities of the State Institution "Soil Protection Institute of Ukraine"
  21. Larysa Kolomiets, Head of the department of agriculture land use and soil protection from erosion of the National Scientific Center “Institute of Agriculture of NAAS”
  22. Anatolii Shevchenko, Head of the water resources department of the Institute of Water problem and Land Reclamation of NAAS
  23. Liudmyla Usata, Senior researcher of the irrigation and drainage department of the Institute of Water problem and Land Reclamation of NAAS
  24. Kostiantyn Viatkin, International specialist in mapping and monitoring of soil resources of Global Soil Partnership, FAO
  25. Andriy Hoholev, Representative of agribusiness
  26. Serhii Schumeiko, Chief consultant of the secretariat of the committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations
  27. Serhii Schupyk, Head of the department of agriculture and crop production of the directorate of agrarian policy of the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture
  28. Yurii Tsapko, Senior researcher of the National Scientific Center «Institute for Soil Science and Agrochemistry Research Named After O.N. Sokolovsky»
  29. Bogdan Khmara, Chief specialist of the sector of agriculture and land reclamation, department of agriculture and crop production of the directorate of Agrarian Policy of the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture
  30. Oksana Haver, Chief Specialist of the Geoinformation Monitoring Sector of the department of agriculture and crop production of the directorate of agrarian policy of the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture
  31. Olena Demyanyuk, deputy director of the Institute of Agroecology and Environmental Management of NAAS
  32. Larysa Bondarenko, Executive director of the Association “Ukrainian Soil Partnership”

Problem Solutions And Main Benefits:
The development and implementation of the Strategy for land degradation neutrality monitoring system in Ukraine should become the technological basis for the introduction of sustainable soil resources management in the context of the establishment of the land market and changes in approaches to land management in Ukraine.

The establishment of land degradation neutrality (LDN) monitoring system in Ukraine will provide for:

At the international level:

  1. ensure a balance of food, environmental and economic security;
  2. promote the implementation of international obligations under the following international agreements:
  • A European Green Deal
  • Paris (Climate )Agreement
  • The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
  • Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • The 1997 Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (IAEA)
  • Establish a framework for attracting investment in environmental initiatives and become the basis for the formation of markets for "green finance" and carbon instruments.

At the national level:

  • promoting system for stimulating the reproduction of quality parameters of soils for producers and owners;
  • create an appropriate competitive environment for land market participants;
  • alleviate social tensions around the mechanisms of land market introduction;
  • improve accounting and control over the use of land resources;
  • ensure transparency of information on soil resources and counteract possible abuses related to further management of land resources;
  • meet international climate and environmental obligations;
  • сreate a technical framework for the development of green and climate finance market in Ukraine;
  • create a technical framework for improving agricultural insurance mechanisms and adapting to climate change impact;
  • carry out assessment and modeling of soil health, water supply, greenhouse gas balance, pollution, etc.

At the privet sector (business) level:

  • receive unbiased and objective information on the supportive, productive and regulatory properties of all land resources, not limited to land resources at one's disposal;
  • fully introduce and use international technologies for modeling the application of agro-industrial technologies and forecasting yields, moisture, etc. by harmonizing international methodologies (software) with Ukrainian input parameters;
  • allow systematically invest in increasing the productivity and sustainability of the use of available soil resources instead of unsystematic short-term investments aimed at the pursuit of land bank accumulation and expansion;
  • would provide for additional profit from the use/implementation of carbon tools (e.g. offsetting industrial carbon emissions with sustainable farming practices), subject to the functioning of the green investment market;
  • form technical basis for improving and reducing the cost for application of precision agriculture practices;
  • allow sustain production in the face of climate change;
  • form technical basis for building up an integrated network of climate-smart and sustainable irrigation;
  • etc.

At the owner level:

  • control and monitor the condition of land use;
  • have a standard of state information on soil conditions against which the results of private analyzes can be verified;
  • timely detect and prevent damage or loss of property (land plots);
  • formalize the rights and obligations of the owner for land management.