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Save the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve!

A New President of the Ukraine ? A New Chance For The Danube Delta?

The confirmation of Viktor Yushchenko as new Ukrainian President has given new hopes to local campaigners against the plans of the former administration to drive a deep-water canal through that part of the core area of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve located in the Ukrainian Republic.

In an email to Proact they have appealed for a renewed effort by international supporters: As you may know, Ukraine now has a new president, Mr Yushchenko, who claimed that all civil rights in Ukraine will be observed. We now need the international society to write to him and appeal to him to take action to save the reserve.

He has now been proclaimed officially winner of the elections and inauguration will take place shortly. (as you also may know, the former Transport Minister who was the prime mover behind the canal plan, Mr. Kirpa was killed or committed suicide. He was believed to have been one of the treasurers of the illegal slush funds of the previous govt D.C.) I would like your assistance with drafting a letter from the international community to the new President.

We should ask the relevant EU commission to tackle the new president on the issue - as they were very supportive of him during his election campaign (as a pro-European democratic candidate)

Will you help us one more time - now there is a real hope of change?
Yuschenko`s election campaign was characterised by his pro- EU stance and the chance to bring reform and democracy to the Ukraine. Let`s see if he will live up to his promises. In his first weeks in office he will visit the European Parliament and Commission. This is a good time to renew our efforts to prevent the destruction of the core area of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve ? strike while the iron is hot!

You can find a draft text and mailing instructions at: http://www.proact-campaigns.net/danube_delta/initiative_2005.html and please also follow the link to a separate communication the Stavros Dimas, the new EU Environment Commissioner.

Thank you, David Conlin Proact International, Berlin.

4th July 2014