The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine made public draft outline of the National Action Plan for Environmental Protection for 2020-2025.

The development of the national action plan is part of the preparation process for implementing National Environmental Strategy of Ukraine till 2030. The strategy was adopted earlier this year and will come into force on January 1, 2020. Its implementation foresees two stages: 2020-2025 and 2026-2030. Its effectiveness will be assessed, including for the first period, against specific criteria set by the strategy. For example, renewable energy sources share shall increase to 12%, protected areas share should rise to 12,5% of total country area (at the moment – approximately 6,7%).

We expect the development of the national environmental action plan will be subject to strategic environmental assessment and public consultations.