Parliamentary Assembly

The potential adverse impact for the environment of the building channel in the Danube Delta

Doc. 10090
12 February 2004

Motion for a resolution
presented by Mr Coifan and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1.         The Danube Delta is an area shared by both Romania and Ukraine. It is a great treasure of the European natural landscape, added in 1991 to the UNESCO World Heritage list. This protected area hosts over 300 bird species and 45 freshwater fish species. The Council of Europe awarded it the European Diploma for Protected Areas.

2.         In October 2003, the Ukranian Government approved the plan for building a navigable channel on the Bystroe branch, a secondary branch of the Danube. By changing the hydrographic area, the outcome of such an action could be extremely dangerous for the whole ecosystem on the Danube Delta. It will be a danger too far for both branches of the Danube.

3.         On 2 December 2003, the International Convention for Protection of Danube River expressed its concern about the Ukranian initiative’s impact on the environment.

4.         Striving to preserve the uniqueness of the Danube Delta and to ensure that the international treaties and regulations such as Ramsar Convention on the Protection of the Wetlands, the Bern Convention on the conservation of Wildlife and Natural Habitats, the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessments in a Transboundary Context are applied, the Assembly decides to analyse the situation mentioned above, to investigate the issue and, if necessary, to call a stop to the planned operation. 

Signed [1]:
Coifan, Romania, LDR
Buzatu, Romania, NR
�avusoglu, Turkey, LDR
Chapman, United Kingdom, EDG
Chiliman, Romania, LDR
Cliveti, Romania, SOC
Cosarciuc, Moldova, LDR
Cubreacov, Moldova, EPP/CD
Frunda, Romania, EPP/CD
Gubert, Italy, EPP/CD
Herczog, Hungary, SOC
Ilascu, Romania, NR
Jakic, Slovenia, LDR
Kaufmann, Switzerland, LDR
Lopez Gonzalez, Spain, SOC
O’Hara, United Kingdom, SOC
Patereu, Moldova, EPP/CD
Popa, Romania, SOC
Prisacaru, Romania, SOC
Schmied, Switzerland, LDR



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