The boundaries of the national parks "Zacharovany Krai" and "Synevyr" in Transcarpathia will be expanded
On Tuesday, June 9, there was a meeting chaired by the acting head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Mykhailo Rivis on expansion of the areas of the national parks "Zacharovany Krai" in Irshava district and "Synevyr" in Mizhhirya district.
According to the Deputy Director for Research Activity of the National Park "Zacharovany Krai" Vasyl Mochan, the natural park in Irshava district was established in 2009 on an area of 6101.0 ha and is managed by the Transcarpathian regional department of forestry and hunting economy. The area to be included in the expansion is a part of the territory of the SE "Dovhe forestry and hunting husbandry" in area of 13428.1 ha.
"As a result of the expansion, the area of the park will be 19,529.1 ha and increased by 45% - Vasyl Mochan said. Age-old forests are located on the territory proposed for expansion. It is expedient to include them into national parks, as the age-old forests in these parks may be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List," - the official said.
The Deputy Director for Research Avtivity of the National Park "Synevyr" Yuriy Tyukh told about the proposed exansion of the National Park. According to him, currently the area of the park is 42,704 hectares. The proposed area for expansion of the park is comprised of the "Kamyanka" tract, lands of the Mizhhirya forestry in area of 377.8 hectares and reserve land of Mizhhirya district council in area of 197.7 hectares.
"After the expansion, the area of the park will be 43,279.5 ha and increased by 13 percent - Yuriy Tyuh said. Age-old forests, rare plant communities, mountain pine and alder forests are located in the area proposed for expansion", - the deputy director informed.
Mykhailo Rivis addressing the audience, stressed the importance of natural reserves in the region, including their expansion with lands of the state forest fund. At the same time, he pointed out that it is also necessary to balance the socio-economic development of the region, because the forest industry in the region brings significant revenues to the local budget. Also, according to him, it is necessary to agree on the expansion of national parks with local communities, particularly to hold public discussions and field work group meetings in Irshava and Mizhhirya districts to explain the pros and cons of the proposed changes.
After discussing the matter, the working group members reviewed the cartographic materials, made comments and suggestions.