Trainings “Climate changes and water resources: decreasing the risks and adaptation» in Chernihiv.
October 22 – 23, 2009 the city of Chernihiv hosted the trainings “Climate changes and water resources: decreasing the risks and adaptation» organized in cooperation with the State Committee of Ukraine on Water Management, Desna Basin Water Resources Management, Centre for Sustainable Development and Ecological Education (Kyiv) and Fulbright Program in Ukraine (USA).
U.S. Embassy in Ukraine for U.S. Academic Programs Alumni awarded the grant for organization of this event held within the youth information initiative on climate changes FYI 2009 Climate Change Conference Alumni Competition» and supported by the U.S. State Department.
This event aimed at informing governmental employees, teachers, public organizations representatives and young scholars of the key signs of climate changes, climate change influence on the water resources, researches on the spoken item particularly by giving an example of climate change occurrence in Ukraine.
The trainings were arranged prior to the Day of Climate Actions celebrated on the 24th of October around the globe and conducted within the framework of Ukraine’s preparation for Summit on Climate Issues that will take place in December 2009 in Copenhagen (Denmark). The meeting is scheduled to review and sign new international document on climate change administrating the aforesaid matters after 2012 when terminates the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change.
“Climate changes and water resources: decreasing the risks and adaptation» trainings were attended by the representatives of the State Committee of Ukraine on Water Management, Ukraine Verkhovna Rada Committee on the Environmental Policy, Nature Management and Chornobyl’ disaster effects elimination, governmental employees from Chernihiv, Khmel’nyts’k and Kyiv regions, members of non-governmental organizations, university teaching staff, scientists from the Institute of hydraulic engineering and amelioration of Ukraine Agricultural Sciences Academy, American Academic Programs Alumni.
To contribute to the above-mentioned event there was invited 30 students from the National Bioresources and Nature Management University (Kyiv), Kremenchuk Mykhaylo Ostrogradskiy State University (Kremenchuk, Poltava region), Kam’ianets’-Podil’s’k National University (Kam’ianets’-Podil’s’k, Khmel’nyts’k region) participating in the youth initiative on climate change.
The subject of the trainings means a lot not only on the local level but also on the governmental one. The governmental officials showed their interest in the event as well since 15 representatives (overall 55 persons) were present there.
The organizers of the “Climate changes and water resources: decreasing the risks and adaptation» namely the Head of the State Committee of Ukraine on Water Management, Head of the Desna Basin Water Resources Management representative of the Ukraine Verkhovna Rada Committee on the Environmental Policy, professor, director of the Centre for Sustainable Development and Ecological Education V.V. Pidlisniuk and postgraduate students reported during the first part of the trainings.
The changes of the climate are constantly progressing and having a negative influence on the water resources. We can not prevent them but nevertheless we are able to decrease the risk of their influence on the environmental components, ease the action and adaptation to the climate changes.
In the second part of the trainings the participants were working in three groups: the first one was young scholars from the Kremenchuk Mykhaylo Ostrogradskiy State University; the second one – the National Bioresources and the third one is Nature Management University (Kyiv) and Kam’ianets’-Podil’s’k National University. The students were working with the state officials. To work out the adaptation measures on the climate change and make a presentation in Power Point was the task for all participants of the trainings.
One could feel the friendly atmosphere at this event contributed to the efficient work of the students.
Information for the article was provided by the Professor of the Ecological Department Valentina Pidlisniuk, associate professor of the Ecological Department ²ryna Soloshych and postgraduate student of the Natural Sciences Faculty of Kremenchuk Mykhaylo Ostrogradskiy State University ². Buchek