Reform Index 212: Protected Areas for Biodiversity Conservation in Forests and Preservation of Red Data Book Objects

Reform Index 212: Protected Areas for Biodiversity Conservation in Forests and Preservation of Red Data Book Objects

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5 July 2023
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In issue 212 (issue 205 before the audit) of the Reform Index, 3 reforms have been included for the period from May 8 to May 21, falling under the “Governance” category. The Reform Index only achieved +0.2 points within a range of possible values from -5 to +5 (in the previous issue, its value was +0.5 points).

Chart 1. Reform Index Dynamics

Chart 2. Reform Index and its components in the current round

Resolution on the establishment of protected areas for biodiversity conservation in forests and preservation of Red Data Book objects, +0.6 points

In mid-May, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted Resolution No. 499, approving the procedure for establishing protected areas to preserve species that are under threat of destruction or extinction. This is a useful tool for quickly and effectively protecting historical or unique trees, rare species, local areas with red-listed plants, nesting sites of red-listed birds, and other valuable natural ecosystems.

Any legal entity, including scientific research institutions or public organizations, can initiate the establishment of a protected area. The period for creating such a zone is 30 days, and the decisions are made by oblast administrations. This will allow for quick and targeted protection of animals and plants in need.

Information about the Reforms Index project, the list of Index experts and the database of the regulations assessed are available here.

Chart 3. Value of Reform Index components and number of events

Reform Index from VoxUkraine aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of reform efforts by Ukraine’s authorities. The Index is based on expert assessments of changes in the regulatory environment in six areas: Governance, Public Finance, Monetary system, Business Environment, Energy, Human Capital.

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