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    Cross-border Water Inspectors: Towards Joint Monitoring and Development of Water Resources of the Pripyat River Basin

    December 2017 - March 2019

    Interakcia Foundation was a partner in the project, together with the Pinsk District Executive Committee, Department of Education of Liubeshiv District State Administration, and Liubeshiv District Public and Ecological Organization “World Around Us”.

    The project was funded by the European Union within the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation programme.

    Overall budget of the project was 277,800 EUR, EU contribution – 250,000 EUR (90%)/

    The project was implemented in the Pinsk district of Belarus and Liubeshiv district of Ukraine.


    Small rivers are essential sources of drinking water. Agricultural development and support of ecosystems would be impossible without them.

    The Pripyat river runs through the unique Polesia region and flows into the Black Sea. The quality of water in small rivers and lakes of the Pripyat river basin is important not only for the health and well-being of people who live in the region of Polesia, but also for the condition of the Black Sea itself.

    Project objectives:
    To create a cross-border system of public water quality monitoring in the Pripyat river basin;
    To teach schoolchildren in the Pinsk and Liubeshiv districts how to keep track of the water quality in the nearby small rivers, lakes and wells;
    To involve teachers and schoolchildren in the Pinsk and Liubeshiv districts in cross-border activities aimed to clean and protect local small rivers.


    The project started on a high note with a cross-border water camp for nature-loving teachers and schoolchildren of the Pinsk and Liubeshiv districts. The six-day camp took place in August 2018 in the Pinsk district and gathered more than 200 participants. They learned about flora and fauna of local small rivers and why it is important to monitor water quality, practiced in collecting water samples and conducting chemical analysis, and learned about waste sorting and disposal.


    The camp was followed by a Small Rivers Festival in Pinkavičy. Guests of the festival created an art installation, sent postcards by ‘green post’, attended workshops on how to produce eco-friendly items, and danced to songs of Belarusian and Ukrainian bands.


    Watch the news from the Pinsk TV company to feel the atmosphere of the Small Rivers Festival.


    To read more about the project and its results in Belarusian and Ukrainian, click this link.

    Project results:
    20 public environmental squads now function in the Pinsk and Liubeshiv districts. Their participants are more than 200 local teachers and schoolchildren.
    Squad members monitor the condition of small rivers, lakes and wells in their villages and districts. They look for clogs, garbage disposal sites, unregulated polluted runoff from farms, and analyze water quality with the help of travel-size laboratory kits for water testing. During the project, they conducted 20 local and 23 cross-border monitoring and cleaning campaigns, and collected more than 1,500 liters of garbage.
    Schoolchildren learned about small rivers and their qualities during specialized school lessons and took part in thematic water challenges and quests.
    A water pipe network 615 meters long was built in the village of Zapollie in the Pinsk district, and a new recreational area was established near a school in Derevok village of Lubeshiv district.
    An interactive and user-friendly guide on public monitoring of rivers was developed, using Pripyat basin as a case.
    A team of experts developed concepts of Cross-border Plans for engagement of local communities in management of water resources of the Pripyat river basis. These plans are roadmaps that will help the system of public river monitoring to take root in the Belarus-Ukraine border regions.