Switzerland launched a new international technical assistance project "Cohesion and Regional Development of Ukraine" (UCORD) in Ukraine, which will contribute to the recovery of the country on the basis of sustainable development and circular economy.
Among other initiatives, UCORD implements specific projects in the field of waste management, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Yevgeniy Fedorenko reported on Facebook.
He said that Switzerland has been a reliable partner of Ukraine in development issues for many years. For example, the Swiss-Ukrainian DESPRO project team participated in the preparation of the framework draft law "On Waste Management" and helped in the development of pilot regional plans.
"Waste management reform is not only a certain number of adopted laws and regulations. These are, first of all, qualitative changes that should be felt by people in every corner of Ukraine. At the very least, communities will need help to write regional and local waste management plans according to the new standards," said Fedorenko.
The Deputy Minister said that UCORD's work will be built on several levels:
- cooperation with regional development agencies and increasing their capacity in 4 pilot regions (Sumy, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi and Vinnytsia);
- implementation of specific projects for the development of public services, in particular in the field of waste management, in two regions;
- building cohesion through culture.
"I am convinced that the Ministry of Environment's cooperation with the project will be very close and fruitful," said Fedorenko.
Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that the Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources Ruslan Strilets presented Waste management reform road map.
As EcoPolitic previously reported, Sweden is ready to help Ukraine in its implementation projects in the field of waste management in accordance with EU best practices.