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One year later: Assessing impacts of the war on the environment and achieving environmental goals

Dr. Volodymyr Demkine
Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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Presentation Summary

Wide-scale military activities not only cause immense human casualities, bring destruction of cities and infrastructure, but also destroy different components of the environment and result in a loss of many ecosystem services. Needless to say, consequences of war will also have long-term impacts on achieving environmental and development goals.

  • The presentation first provides a brief overview of the prewar goals of environmental policy in Ukraine, both nationally and internationally adopted, as well as insights on how achieving these goals has been challenged by the impacts of the war.
  • It further describes sources of data and information available (not always reliable, though) for analysis of the current situation and developing an outlook for the future as well as selected impact assessment publications released by February 2023. Provisional (not-verified) estimates of environmental damages and losses are also provided.
  • The presentation concludes with ideas on likely actions in future and recommendations.  

Dr. Volodymyr Demkine is a retired UN program management officer with abundant expertise in environmental policy development and implementation, and integrated environmental assessment, which he accumulated working for the government, the UN, academia and as an independent consultant. He worked at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi and has considerable experience as a manager and a team lead, developing national and international regulations, managing various national, regional and sectoral reports, global assessments including but not limited to the National State of the Environment Report, Global Environment Outlook, Emissions Gap Report, Short-lived Climate Pollutants Assessment, advising government and other main stakeholders on environmental matters and communicating relevant scientific issues more generally. Since about 30 years, he has been involved in various aspects of climate change incl. scientific assessment (IPCC), mitigation and adaptation policies, as well as development of national and international policy instruments. A physicist by training he obtained a doctoral degree in physics and mathematics from the Academy of Science of Ukraine. He authored, co-authored and co-edited a number of books, book chapters and academic articles in environmental science and policy. His current research interest focuses on methodological aspects of up-coming post-war environmental assessment in Ukraine.

Volodymyr Demkine is an OSUN’s Threatened Scholars Integration Initiative Fellow at CEU Democracy Institute and Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy.

Destroyed Residential Building Under Gray Sky - stock photo from Pexel. Credit: Photo by Алесь Усцінаў


The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations/individuals cited.

The situation is extremely dynamic and uncertain. The data are presented as they are in the sources. In some cases verification of data is not possible. The presenter regrets any errors or omissions that may have been unwittingly made for the above reasons.