Polish scientists to restore Ukraine’s damaged forests
Scientists of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences aim to restore war-ravaged forests in Ukraine, the scienceinpoland.pl website has reported.
A sign that reads 'Dangerous, mines’ on the outskirts of a forest near the recaptured village of Tsyrkuny in Kharkiv area, Ukraine, 17 November 2022, amid Russia’s military invasion. Kharkiv and the surrounding areas have been the target of heavy shelling since February 2022, when Russian troops entered Ukraine starting a conflict that has provokedPhoto: SERGEY KOZLOV provided by PAP/EPA.
The researchers have just launched a project titled 'Restoring Recreational Potential of Damaged Forests for Human Well-Being in Post-War Ukraine’ that is funded by the Visegrad Funds.
The four-nation Visegrad Group (V4) is a regional cooperation platform that brings together Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Polish foresters along with partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine point out that Ukrainian forests, especially those around eastern cities, have been seriously ravaged, the website says.
However, the researchers believe that the forests can be revitalized faster than through natural processes.
“By properly managing the forests, their non-production value can be restored. This, in turn, can give an impulse for the development of tourism and recreation,” the website writes.
The scientists will collect and review data about methods, strategies and best practices for restoring the recreational potential of the damaged forests as well as suggest ways of their implementation.
Partner universities of the project include the Sumy National Agrarian University (Ukraine), the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague and the Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia, according to scienceinpoland.pl.