Azov-Black Sea Corridor

Ukraine

Enhancing opportunities for ecological restoration in the Azov-Black Sea eco-corridor

Project Achievements

The Azov–Black Sea coastline supports more than 10,000 species of flora and fauna across coastal, estuarine, delta and steppe habitats. It forms part of an important migration route, providing a stopover for eight million birds twice a year as they travel between Eurasia and Africa or the Middle East as well as a safe passage to migratory fish such as sturgeon. Since the 1940s, however, ecosystem resilience and biodiversity have deteriorated due to substantial human pressures.

This project has laid the groundwork for large-scale restoration to improve functionality of the mosaic of habitats along an eco-corridor stretching 800 km. Three priority areas are identified: Lower Dnieper landscape (380,000 ha), Dniester delta and the upper part of Dniester liman (estuary) (39,000 ha) and Tuzly lagoons (20,500 ha). The project developed strong relationships with regional government and achieved the successful integration of restoration measures into regional development plans. Reviving key natural processes, including the hydrological regime and the coastal dynamics of erosion and accumulation, is expected to re-establish ecosystem services, benefitting both biodiversity and local communities.

Although the project concept has been approved by the Odessa Regional State Administration for funding from the State Fund for Regional Development, funds and further progress are suspended due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Project Partners

Centre for Regional Studies (CRS)
WWF Ukraine
Rewilding Ukraine

Quick Facts

ELSP funding

US$ 61,462

Duration of grant

October 2019 – September 2021

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