Head of the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine Yuriy Bolokhovets: "One of the priorities, which was before the war and remains so now, is the construction of 9 forest seed centers and the expansion of 2 existing ones to grow seedlings with closed root system. This will make it possible to grow up to 30 million units of planting material a year and to plant 6,700 hectares annually. In addition, the new plants mean new jobs.
The reform of the management of protected areas to preserve landscape and biological diversity is one of the directions of the strategic renewal of Ukraine's ecology.
Minister of Environmental Protection Ruslan Strilets said at a conference in Lugano that the damage caused to the environment by the Russian invaders is colossal - it is already 200 billion hryvnias. About 3 million hectares of forests have been occupied and burned, and about 16 million hectares of Ukrainian territory have been polluted by ammunition. About 40 oil depots have already been shelled, resulting in the emission of pollutants. 260 cases of ecocide have been recorded.