1.2 Promotion and preservation of natural heritage
Municipal Unitary Multiple Productive Enterprise of Communal-Housing Economy “Zhabinkovskoe ZhKCh” (Brest Oblast, Belarus)
Communal Company Eko-Bug Limited Liability Company (Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland)
State Scientific Institution “The Polesie Agrarian Ecological Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus” (Brest Oblast, Belarus)
The Bug River is the natural border between Poland and Belarus. Its largest inflow from the Belarusian side is the Muchaviec River, flowing through Žabinka. Unfortunately, old wastewater treatment facilities pollute drinking water in this town. On the Polish side of Bug individual farms in Koroszczyn (Terespol Commune) discharge wastewater without treatment to Bug’s tributaries: the rivers Krzna and Czapelka. The situation leads to serious environmental threats of the river. The valuable natural complexes such as the Podlaski Bend of the Bug Landscape Park or the Brescki, Buhski and Niepakojčycy reserves are in danger today.
The MUCHAVIEC project is going to face mentioned challenges by investments in the Bug River basin. The Belarusian beneficiary will construct of a new sewage treatment plant in Žabinka. The Polish partner will lay 4.29 km of sanitary sewage system in Koroszczyn. Furthermore, the partners are going to create an innovative ecological path and set up the original art instal- lations in Niepakojčycy Reserve. They assume long-term cooperation regarding the water sector as well. Newly established Hydro-ecological Centre at the State Scientific Institute “Polesie Agrarian Ecological Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus” will take care of the border rivers monitoring. A set of reports and conferences will bring together the efforts of scientists, hydrologists and authorities of both countries for joint solutions in that matter.
The residents of Žabinka town and Terespol Commune will obtain clean water and sewage infrastructure that meets European standards. The exchange of the experience, joint research and promotion, trainings and conferences will contribute to the sustainable development, not only in the field of natural heritage preservation, but also in the monitoring of the environmental situation in the cross-border region. Overall, the project will improve the population’s quality of life, what will positively influence the attractiveness of the area.
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