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An inventory of 31 TSFs, storing 160 million tons of waste and located in the basin of the transboundary river Dniester, was performed during 2018-2020.
Recommendations for state authorities, as well as for TSF-operators were developed pursuant to the inventory results.

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The research of the current state of TSFs in the Donetsk and the Luhansk regions was conducted in 2020. The work was completed under the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine project “Strengthening Capacity for Water Monitoring and Management in Eastern Ukraine” in partnership with the State Agency of Water Resources of Ukraine and with assistance of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, the Luhansk Regional State Administration, the Siverskyi Donetsk Basin Water Administration.

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Today, March 2, 2021, at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center, representatives of competent authorities, international organizations and the expert community discussed the main technical and legislative aspects of TSFs identified under the research in the Donbass and the Dniester River Basin.

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On December 1, 2020, an online seminar “Mine tailings safety in the UNECE region and beyond” was held. The seminar was organized as an accompanying event of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (COP-11, Geneva and online, 7-9 December 2020).

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The research results of environmental and technogenic safety of Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs) in the transboundary Dniester River Basin were presented at the International Conference “European Integration and Management of the Dniester River Basin”, Chisinau, Moldova. The event took place on October 8-9, 2020 as an online meeting. The conference was organized by the International Association of River Guardians Eco-TIRAS and the GEF /UNDP /OSCE /UNECE Project “Enabling Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Dniester River Basin”.

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The international community has been making significant efforts to improve TSF safety. Following a large-scale TSF accident in Brazil in 2019, that same year the UN Development Program, International Council on Mining and Metals, and Principles for Responsible Investment initiated the “Global Tailings Review”.  On August 5, 2020, the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management was adopted, aimed at preventing catastrophic accidents at such facilities.
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OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine published the results on Research of the Donbas Tailings Storage Facilities current state, performed by our experts. Read more, Comments: 13
Dniester Commission published the results of large-scale research on the state of Tailings Storage Facilities in the Dniester River Basin. Works are performed by Ecoplatform experts. Read more, Comments: 12

On December 19, 2019, OSCE consultants, Ecoplatform experts, presented the research results on 7 TMFs operation of 3 enterprises located in Donetsk region.

200 waste storage facilities of Donbass contain almost 1 billion tons of industrial waste from coal, metallurgy, energy, chemical and other industries. 75 objects are located in the government-controlled territory.

The researched TMFs are in the gray zone under the threat of military actions. Secure access to the objects is one of the main issue: the operational staff is unable to monitor, to inspect the structures' technical condition and to perform the repair work.

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The inventory results of Tailings Storage Facilities (TSFs) located in the Dniester River Basin were presented on December 13, 2019 on the Dniester Basin Council meeting in Ivano-Frankivsk.

Today, there are 32 TSFs in the Dniester River Basin, containing ~160 million tons of waste from the oil and gas, energy and chemical industries.

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The meeting of the National Water Policy Dialogue was held within the framework of the AQUA 2019 International Water Forum on November 5-6, 2019. The event took place in Kyiv, the conference hall of the International Exhibition Center.

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On November 4-5, 2019 in Budapest (Hungary) representatives from international river basin commissions, experts in contingency planning, NGOs and other stakeholders met up to discuss the accidental transboundary water pollution issue.

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©Photo: Kostiantyn Chernichkyn (OSCE)

At the end of October, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine organized a Press Tour and workshop on environmental journalism “Environmental Safety and Armed Conflict. What is happening and how to write / film / tell about it”. The event took place from 29 to 31 October 2019 in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, in the framework of the project "Assistance in the Donbas environmental monitoring system expansion" collaborated by the Zoï Environment Network and with the participation of the weekly WOZ Die Wochenzeitung (Switzerland). Iryna Nikolaieva, head of Ecoplatform, OSCE consultant, provided professional support in environmental safety issues of Donbas enterprises.

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The conference “Mind the gap! Conflict and Industrial Risks in Eastern Ukraine” was held this week, 23 October 2019, in Kyiv, supported by the European Commission Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Assistance (DG ECHO). The 3P Consortium (Prepare, Prevent and Protect), led by humanitarian organization ACTED organized the event*. The conference brought together representatives of national, regional and local authorities, local communities, Ukrainian and international non-governmental organizations and foreign investors.
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Last week, on 11th of October 2019, the Ukrainian experts with Moldavian representatives visited the abandoned TMF of Moldavian TPP.
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The parties of OSCE project “Assistance in the Donbas environmental monitoring system expansion” met today in Slovyansk town to discuss the current state of Donbas TMFs and their possible emergency impact on water bodies under the military actions.

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On August 1, 2019, the stakeholders of the project “Assistance in the Donbas environmental monitoring system expansion” (hereinafter the Project) held a kick-off meeting at the Aarhus Information and Education Center. The event was held as a part of preparatory phase for project activity "Research of the current state of Donbas Tailings Management Facilities and their possible emergency impact on water bodies under the military actions".

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In June 2019, the project “Assistance in the Donbas environmental monitoring system expansion” (hereinafter the Project) was launched. It continues activities towards the environmental safety in Eastern Ukraine and is supported by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine.

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As a part of industrial waste management study in the Dniester River basin, GEF project experts initiated the meeting in the Boryslav town council (Lviv region) to discuss the oil product pollution of the Tysmenytsya River.

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On July 5, Ecoplatform experts as OSCE consultants leaded by Iryna Nikolaieva acquainted the Moldovan colleagues with the TMFs' environmental issues of “Oriana‑ECO” enterprise (Kalush mining complex, Ivano-Frankivsk region).

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Dniester Basin Council held the meeting on May 24, 2019 in Ivano-Frankivsk. The territorial and local authorities, public organizations, scientists and specialists in water management took part in the event. Our specialists presented the first research results on the Tailings Management Facilities (TMFs) located in the Dniester River Basin.

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Commission on Sustainable Use and Protection of the Dniester River Basin (the Dniester Commission) held the second meeting on 4 and 5 April 2019 in Kyiv. Within the UNDP/ GEF/ OSCE/ UNECE project “Enabling transboundary co-operation and integrated water resources management in the Dniester River Basin” our specialists presented the first research results on the Tailings Management Facilities (TMFs) current state in the Dniester River Basin in 2018 and the plans for 2019.

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On January 22, 2019, a workshop "The Research of Tailing Management Facilities current state in the Dniester River Basin" was held within the framework of the project of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) "Facilitation of Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Dniester River Basin".
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Ecoplatform LLC experts reviewed the draft Law of Ukraine “On waste management”, that is published on the official website of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. The comments and suggestions were submitted to the Ministry (in Ukrainian).
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Meeting of the TDA experts 26.07.2018

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Within the framework of the GEF project "Facilitation of Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Dniester River Basin", a meeting of Moldovan and Ukrainian experts involved in the development of a transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA) and elements of the overall river basin management plan (RBMP) of the Dniester River was held in Kiev on July 26, 2018.
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July 2, 2018 in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine) will be held the starting meeting with the participation of all the parties to the Global Environment Facility "Facilitation of transboundary cooperation and integrated water resources management in the Dniester River basin" – the representatives of the Ministry of Environment, OSCE, local authorities and enterprises on the territory of which tailings management facilities are located.
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Climate change and agriculture 23.03.2018

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Irina Nikolaieva and Anna Lenko, specialists of Ecoplatform, LLC, were taking part in an international scientific and practical conference "Climate change and agriculture. Challenges for Agrarian Science and Education ", held on March 13-14, 2018 at the Scientific and Methodological Center "Agro-Education".
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Within the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) international project, Ecoplatform LLC will perform an inventory of Ukrainian TMFs located in the basin of the transboundary Dniester River.
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Since 2017 the specialists of Ecoplatform LLC closely cooperate with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in dealing climate change issues.

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Final Workshop in Dnipro 04.05.2017

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At the final workshop all the development of the project will be presented. Participants will discuss also the proposals on follow up activities with the representatives of Competent authorities, German coordinating body on providing advisory assistance (UBA) and leading international and national experts on TMF safety.
Detailed program is under the link: Program of the Final Workshop


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Short Summary of the round table 18.02.2017

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Short Summary of the round table “Implementation ways of Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from the extractive industries” on 7.02.17 in Kyiv, Ukraine
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Within the project event of national importance is planned, in which the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine will take part
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The second training is in progress 23.11.2016

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The second training within the project “Raising Knowledge among Students and Teachers on Tailings Safety and Its Legislative Review in Ukraine" began yesterday, 22th of November 2016, in the main building of the National Mining University
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Second training within the project "Raising Knowledge among Students and Teachers on Tailings Safety and Its Legislative Review in Ukraine" will be held 22-26 November 2016 in the premises of the National Mining University (Dnipro) 
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On 7 October was the last stage of the first training within the project "Raising Knowledge among Students and Teachers on Tailings Safety and Its Legislative Review in Ukraine".
On this day, the trainees presented their reports on the work of the week: listening to lectures, visit tailings facility of the Dnipropetrovsk TPP, working with documents of the enterprise, completing the questionnaire and the calculations.
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Yesterday, October 3, 2016 in accordance with project plan First training for students, post graduate students and young scientists from different universities in Dnipro-city. Training was opened by the rector of National mining university professor Gennadiy Pivnyak.
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First Training within the Project "Raising Knowledge among Students and Teachers on Tailings Safety and Its Legislative Review in Ukraine" will be held October 3-7, 2016 in Dnipro
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Starting workshop of the project took place July 12, 2016 in the premises of the National Mining University (Dnipro, Ukraine).
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TMF Project has continuation 29.06.2016

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On the basis of results of TMF Project in Ukraine, that was finished in 2015 and got high opinions of international experts, Ukrainian project team along with National Mining University plans to fulfill the one-year project "Raising Knowledge among Students and Teachers on Tailings Safety and First Legislative Review in Ukraine" (hereinafter – Project) during 2016/2017 funded and coordinated by German Environment Agency. The project proposal was supported by Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine and Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

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Conclusions of the Final Workshop 07.07.2015

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Below there is a link for download Conclusions of the final workshop.
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On the panel on the right side of our website there are new versions of resulting project documents:
1.  Methodology for improving safety of tailings management facilities (Draft)
2. Template of the TMF Checklist
3. Analysis of the Ukrainian legislation and administrative situation on TMF 
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Final Workshop is scheduled on 19-20 of May in Kiev-city. 

 Main objectives of the workshop are:

- to attract attention to the problem of TMF safety;

- to report about the project results as a mechanism for TMF safety improvement;

- to discuss possibilities of the implementation project results in Ukraine and other countries;

- to discuss future actions within the project;

- to analyse pros and cons of the work.

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Project Presentation in Geneva 12.12.2014

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In December 2014 in Geneva, Palais des Nations, passed Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Industrial Accidents Convention. More information about this event can be found at: http://www.unece.org/env/teia/cop8.html#/ Read more, Comments: 0

Second TMF Training Report 08.11.2014

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From 4 to 7 November 2014 in Ivano-Frankivsk was second training within the project "Improving the safety of industrial tailings management facilities based on the example
of Ukrainian facilities"

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I.       Training objective

Training objective is to train the TMF operators, state inspectors, ecological auditors from different countries how to practically apply the “TMF Checklist” document.

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Main documents of the TMF project 21.06.2014

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Main results of the Ukrainian team work for now are in the following documents:
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Why Ukraine? 21.06.2014

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Tailing facilities problem is important today because of the presence of the large number of large-tonnage TMF in Ukraine. The vast majority of these objects was created over 50 years ago, without complying the basic rules of environmental safety.

The usual practice of building industrial TMF was using ravines, gullies, small rivers, partitioned off with dams. The bottom and sides of these TMF has not waterproof screens. These TMF are a source of pollution of rivers and groundwater. Around the large TMF groundwater of near-surface horizons are contaminated in the area of hundreds of square kilometers.

It should be noted that similar situation exists in other countries of the CIS and Eastern Europe. Accidents on such objects have already led to catastrophic situations in a number of European rivers and cause significant environmental damage to water reservoirs and the threat to the safety of population.

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