The “Green Economy” Project Demonstrated the Advantages of Green Economy for the Belarusian Society and Business Community and Created New Green JobsNov 30, 2017
The outcomes of the project “Supporting the Transition to a Green Economy in the Republic of Belarus”, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, have been presented in Minsk today.
Within the framework of the three-year long project focused on generating green economic growth, the work was carried out in the following sectors of economy: waste management; biodiversity conservation; green transport; organic farming; ecotourism; phyto-production; water management; eco-innovation. The Project budget was Euro 5 million.
The project allowed to expand public knowledge of the principles and ideas of green economy, contributed to developing green economy in the regions through implementation of pilot initiatives. Successful implementation of the project ensured the creation of effective mechanisms for partnership and joint actions with NGOs, local administrations and businesses to implement economically feasible projects based on green growth ideas.
23 pilot projects and initiatives have been implemented within the project, including 7 pilot projects and 16 pilot initiatives implemented by NGOs in different regions of Belarus in partnership with local authorities, business community, farmers, etc. Implementation of pilot projects and initiatives ensured the achievement of environmental, economic and social impacts.
One of the most important social impacts achieved by the project was the creation of new jobs and providing people with opportunities for engaging in additional employment. In total, 50 new green jobs have been created and 270 people have got an opportunity for additional employment thanks to the implementation of the project.
Information campaign was an important part of the project. www.Greenmap.by website has been supported and information on important Belarusian ecological sites has been represented on the resource thanks to the project. The “Green Economy” game for smartphones has been developed.
Moreover, 45 billboards on green transport, separate waste collection and energy efficiency have been created and installed within the project across all Belarusian regions. 3 social ads have been created within the project and today are broadcast at the central TV channels and in public transport.
7 pilot projects
The first Belarusian high quality office paper production from recycled resources have been organized at Barysaŭ Goznak Paper Mill within the project. A grouse nursery was built in the “Nalibokski” Republican Landscape Reserve. A complex for processing wood waste into biofuel has been established in Brest. Production of highly effective organic fertilizers by deep processing of sapropel has been launched in Žytkavičy.
Eco-tourism and marketing strategies for Prybužskaje Palesse and Sviciazianski Republican Landscape Reserves have been developed by the project experts. Ecotourism and information-ecological centers of the reserves have been developed. The green transport development strategy has been worked out for the Radziwills’ Palace and Park Complex and the first touristic electric-bus in Belarus has been provided to the complex.
16 pilot initiatives
Pilot initiatives have been implemented within 7 sectors of economy: phyto-production; water resources management; ecotourism; supporting biodiversity; eco-innovations; waste management; organic farming.
The production and training center “Herbal Medicine of the 21st century” has been opened in Mjadzielski rayon. A sustainable system of collection and primary processing of wild medicinal resources has been created. The conditions and infrastructure for the cultivation of medicinal plants by local residents on the lands of private farms have been created in the rayon for the local residents to generate additional income.
The territory of four villages of Kamianiecki rayon has been transformed into a phyto-tourism destination and a place for phyto-tea production. The phyto-route "Vodar Bielaviežža" has been developed.
Water resources management
9,000 rural citizens of Mastoŭski rayon, including 735 people with disabilities, got uninterrupted access to drinking water. Innovative experience in the construction and installation of environmentally friendly local treatment facilities has been successfully tested in Belarus thanks to the initiative in Uzdzienski and Braslaŭski rayons.
The First Belarusian Regional Forestry Environmental Education Center opened in Harni park in Lidski rayon. The unique Center of Mythological Tourism has been created in Biarezinski Biosphere reserve. Four complex tour packages have been developed for both the “Aziory” and “Nalibokski” reserves. www.itourist.by site with the information on Belarusian ecotourism services has been created.
Conditions for the creation of a system of collecting wild berries and mushrooms in Nalibokski reserve and a complex for freezing these products have been developed in Valožynski rayon.
The first school green roof has been сreated in the Mar'ina Horka gymnasium in Puchavicki rayon. The first Belarusian eco-friendly coolant production line launched in Homieĺ.
The complex system of used engine oils collection and recycling has been created in Barysaŭski and Krupski rayons. Conditions for 100% recycling of dairy products wastes by withdrawing them from the circulation and further processing into a product with high added value have been created in Chojniki.
Farmers and agricultural producers in Smarhonski, Ašmianski, Valožynski rayons are embracing European standards in organic farming thanks to the project. The areas occupied by organic agriculture in the target areas has increased by 43 hectares.
A unique mobile technological unit for the production of organo-mineral fertilizers from peat and sapropel has been created and tested in Červieński rayon. Three demonstration sites on organic farming have been created in Smaliavicki rayon to grow environmentally safe products for school meals and promote sustainable land management among the youth.UNDP Press Office
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