Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov demands that the heads of regional state administrations focus on ensuring environmental control in the regions. At the same time, the head of government stressed that the activities of the heads of the State Administration will be assessed not only by economic indicators, but also by the state of the environmental situation in the region. He stated this during a conference call at the Ministry of Ecology.
The Prime Minister stressed that the ecological situation in the region is an important component of the quality of life assessment, along with such indicators as affordability of housing, adequate nutrition, job security, etc.
"I want to draw the attention of the heads of the State Administration to such topics as illegal deforestation, unauthorized landfills, illegal construction, pollution beyond water and air standards - these issues along with the economy of the region, along with the social sphere, along with security. Center, for which the government will very seriously ask, "Mykola Azarov said.
The Prime Minister stressed that the environmental situation in Ukraine remains difficult, especially the head of the government is concerned that in industrial cities the areas of green plantations are decreasing, the volumes of illegal deforestation increase, the water bodies are polluted and destroyed.
"The ecological situation in Ukraine, frankly speaking, remains complex, the anthropogenic and man-made load is several times higher than in the developed countries," the head of government said.
At the same time Mykola Azarov stressed that the number of unauthorized landfills is growing in the country. According to the Prime Minister, last year 30 thousand unauthorized dumps were identified, occupying an area of more than a thousand hectares. To solve these problems, the government will introduce control both at the central level and on the ground. In addition, Mykola Azarov proposes to involve public organizations in monitoring the environmental situation in the country.
"There are a lot of problems and in each direction it is necessary to introduce constant monitoring in real time, especially since modern technologies give such an opportunity.This control will be carried out both at the central and local levels. Also it is necessary to involve public organizations in the protection of the environment - these are our active assistants.It is necessary to restore the prestige and strength to the environmental movement, and react promptly to the facts of causing harm to the environment, "Azarov summed up.