The Ministry for Environmental Protection of Ukraine (MEPU) and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), United Kingdom, have cooperated for several years to assess priorities in biodiversity conservation issues in Ukraine; to update statistical data on reserves of Ukraine, especially biosphere reserves; to promote public awareness; and to report on progress and achievements of Ukraine at national and international meetings and conferences. In 1996 in Kyiv, with support of UNEP-WCMC, an international seminar was held regarding biodiversity conservation reporting for the Convention of Biodiversity Conservation. During the 4th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bratislava, Slovakia in May 1998, MEPU and UNEP-WCMC representatives actively cooperated to develop a Biodiversity Indicators for National Use project with the direct participation of Ukraine, Philippines, Ecuador and Kenya, to be funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other donors. In 2000, MEPU and UNEP-WCMC representatives continued this cooperation at a workshop held in Kenya. This cooperation resulted in the inclusion of Ukraine in the Biodiversity Indicators for National Use Project, with Ukraine focusing on the development of indicators for agroecosystems. The Project was approved by the GEF in early 2002.
The specific current and long-term objectives of the Biodiversity for National Use Project include, but are not limited to, the following:
- To operationalise ecosystem-specific indicator frameworks and core sets of indicators for use at the national level, using a case study approach and building on work already carried out under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
- To develop a methodology for biodiversity monitoring at the national level (taking into account international reporting, especially in the context of the CBD).
- To assist policy-and decision-makers to apply information supplied by biodiversity indicators to national planning and decision-making.
- To support global and regional development of indicators under the CBD.