On 7 July, the International Day of the Dnieper River, families and athletes enjoyed the water and the banks of the Dnieper – the third largest river in Europe and the main waterway of Ukraine.
On this day, the EU-funded “European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership” (EUWI+) project joined the country’s authorities in organising a large-scale public event, with entertainment programmes for children, masterclasses and a spectacular 500 metre-swim across the Dnieper River.
In the morning, before the start of the swimming race, children released fish into the Dnieper River and participated in a painting masterclass and a game to guess how much water was needed to prepare their favourite meals and desserts.
Parents and children also appreciated the “Fisher” stickers distributed at the EUWI+ stand, and a mascot that raises awareness on good practices to protect the Dnipro River.
The Dnieper River Day is an opportunity to draw public attention to the environmental problems of the main waterway of Ukraine, as well as to discuss institutional changes in the country’s water sector.
The EU provides significant support to the river basin in the framework of the EUWI+ project. It has been assisting Ukraine in the preparation of the River Basin Management Plan, which would flag the introduction of a new basin management philosophy in the country. Moreover, it is supporting the establishment of a modern laboratory on water quality analysis.
The EUWI+ project assists Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to bring their legislation closer to EU policy in the field of water management, with a main focus on the management of transboundary river basins.
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