Tuesday, 12 December 2017
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Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (MENR of Ukraine) is a central executive authority, the activity of which is governed and coordinated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Mission:

MENR of Ukraine is the main body within the system of central executive authorities to formulate and implement the state policy in the area of protection of environment, ecological and, within its competence, biological, genetical and radiation safety, treatment of waste, pesticides and agricultural chemicals, efficient usage, restoration and protection of natural resources (ground and surface waters, inland sea waters and territorial sea, air, forests, fauna (including water living resources, hunting and non-hunting species of animals) and flora as well as natural resources of territorial waters, continental shelf and exclusively (marine) economic zone of Ukraine (natural resources), restoration and protection of lands, preservation, restoration and non-exhaustive usage of bio- and landscape diversity, creation, preservation and usage of ecological network, arrangement, protection and usage of nature and preserve fund, preservation of ozone layer, regulation of negative anthropogenic influence upon change of climate and adaptation to its changes and meeting within the competence the requirements of the UN Climate Change Framework Convention and the Kyoto Protocol to it, development of water economy and reclamation of lands, geological study and efficient usage of natural resources as well as in the area of state supervision (control) on meeting the requirements of legislation related to protection of environment, efficient usage, restoration and protection of natural resources.

Main tasks of MENR of Ukraine are the following:

1) formulating the state policy in the areas of:

protection of environment, ecological and, within its competence, biological, genetical and radiation safety, treatment of waste, pesticides and agricultural chemicals, efficient usage, restoration and protection of natural resources, restoration and protection of lands, preservation, restoration and non-exhaustive usage of bio- and landscape diversity, creation, preservation and usage of ecological network, arrangement, protection and usage of nature and preserve fund, preservation of ozone layer, regulation of negative anthropogenic influence upon change of climate and adaptation to its changes and meeting, within the competence, the requirements of the UN Climate Change Framework Convention and the Kyoto Protocol to it, development of water economy and reclamation of lands, geological study and efficient usage of natural resources;

state supervision (control) on meeting the requirements of legislation on protection of environment, efficient usage, restoration and protection of natural resources, restoration and protection of lands, ecological and, within its competence, radioactive safety, protection and usage of territories and sites of nature and reserve fund, preservation, restoration and non-exhaustive usage of bio- and landscape diversity, creation, preservation and usage of ecological network, for the issues of waste treatment (except of treatment of radioactive waste), hazardous chemicals, pesticides and agricultural chemicals, meeting the requirements of biological and genetical safety with regard to biological sites of environment when creating, researching and practically using genetically modified organisms (GMО) in open system, exercising the state geological control;

2) implementation of state policy in the area of protection of environment, ecological and, within its competence, biological and genetical safety, treatment of waste (except of treatment of radioactive waste), hazardous chemicals, pesticides and agricultural chemicals, efficient usage, restoration and protection of natural resources, restoration and protection of lands, preservation, restoration and non-exhaustive usage of bio- and landscape diversity, creation, preservation and usage of ecological network, arrangement, protection and usage of nature and preserve fund, preservation of ozone layer, regulation of negative anthropogenic influence upon change of climate and adaptation to its changes and meeting within the competence the requirements of the UN Climate Change Framework Convention and the Kyoto Protocol to it, development of water economy and reclamation of lands, geological study and efficient usage of natural resources.

Areas of activity, responsibilities and powers of MENR:

1) in the area of ecological safety, treatment of waste, hazardous chemicals, pesticides and agricultural chemicals, state ecological expertize:

а) ensuring legal and regulatory governing for the issues of:

licensing conditions for economic activities in the area of treatment of hazardous waste, collection and stockpiling of certain waste as recycled resources (under the lists specified by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine) and procedures of control of how they are met;

activities in the area of waste treatment;

maintaining registers of places for waste disposal and sites for generation, processing and recovery of waste;

issuing the permitting documents in this area;

control of cross-boundary shipments of hazardous waste and their disposal/recovery;

maintaining the waste passport;

ecological safety when shipping hazardous cargoes and removing the consequences of accidents being occurred during their shipment;

list of hazardous features of waste;

list of pesticides and agricultural chemicals, usage of which is allowed in Ukraine;

specifying the compliance of pesticides and agricultural chemicals with quality certificates, specifying the residual quantities of pesticides and agricultural chemicals;

ecological expertise (adopts regulatory and technical as well as instructive and methodological documents);

b) developing and putting into effect the rates of permissible levels of harmful effect of physical and biological factors on environment;

c) conducting licensing of activities in the area of treatment of hazardous waste, collecting and stockpiling of certain waste as recycled resources (under lists specified by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine) and control  of  how business entities meet the licensing conditions;

d) issuing, canceling, re-issuing and issuing the copies of permits for:

generation, storing, transportation, usage, disposal and recovery of toxic substances, including the products of biotechnology and other biological agents;

activities in the area of treatment of hazardous waste;

cross-boundary transportation of hazardous waste;

import into the territory of Ukraine of unregistered pesticides and agricultural chemicals used for state tests and scientific research as well as seeds and plants processed by them;

usage of residues of pesticides and agricultural chemicals, the period of registration of which expired;

e) coordinating, according to the legislation, the drafts of limits for generation and storing of hazardous waste;

f) coordinating the places of location of hazardous waste treatment sites;

g) coordinating the places of location of enterprises, which process, recover or dispose of non-qualitative, hazardous products withdrawn from turnover;

j) conducting state registration of pesticides and agricultural chemicals;

h) keeping the list of pesticides and agricultural chemicals allowed to be used and annual amendments to it, adopting the regulations how to use such list;

i) accrediting the enterprises, institutions and organizations, which conduct state tests of pesticides and agricultural chemicals;

k) adopting the plan of state tests and technical conditions for production of pilot batch of drugs of pesticides and agricultural chemicals;

l) conducting, according to the legislation, the state expertise concerning objects, the decision for adoption (approval) of which is taken by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine;

2) in the area of air protection:

а) ensuring legal and regulatory governing with regard to:

rules, rates, methodologies in the area of ambient air protection;

inventory of fixed sources of emissions of pollutants into ambient air;

specifying the requirements to formalization of documents to obtain permits and determining the forms of permits in this area;

specifying the requirements to development of rates in the area of ambient air protection;

establishing the procedure and criteria of state registration of sites, which make or can make harmful effect on ambient air, specifying the types and volumes of pollutants being emitted into ambient  air;

maintaining the list of institutions and organizations, which draft the documents justifying the volumes of emissions for enterprises, institutions and organizations and citizens – business entities;

determining the values of background concentrations of pollutants in ambient air;

determining the lists of physical and biological factors as well as criteria of determination of fixed sources of pollution, for which the rates of maximal permissible level of influence of physical and biological factors on condition of ambient air are being developed;

determining the lists of types of equipment, for which the rates of maximal permissible emissions of pollutants from fixed sources, rules of technical operation of gas cleaning installations are being developed;

determining the indicators of emission (specific emissions) of pollutants;

b) issuing, canceling, re-issuing and issuing the copies of permits for:

activity related to artificial changes of air condition and atmospheric phenomena for economic purposes;

emissions of pollutants into ambient air by fixed sources for sites of first group;

emissions of pollutants, for which the respective rates of ecological safety for objects of first group are not determined;

c) maintaining the state cadastre of emissions of pollutants into ambient air;

d) maintaining the list of institutions and organisations, which draft the documents justifying the volumes of emissions for enterprises, institutions and organizations and citizens– business entities;

3) in the area of protection of ozone layer:

а) ensuring legal and regulatory governing with regard to approval to obtain license for export and import of ozone destroying substances and products containing such substances;

b) coordinating the obtaining of license for export and import of ozone destroying substances and products, which contain such substances, and providing the lists-explanations in case the products do not contain the ozone destroying substances;

4) in the area of regulation of negative anthropogenic influence on climate change and adaptation to its changes as well as meeting, within its competence, the requirements of the UN Climate Change Framework Convention and the Kyoto Protocol to it:

а) ensuring legal and regulatory governing with regard to:

national standards and procedure concerning monitoring, reporting and verification of data on emissions and absorption of green-house gases;

requirements to preparation of projects of joint implementation and their practical implementation;

requirements to documents, which justify the volumes of anthropogenic emissions and absorption of green-house gases to receive the letter-support by owner of source of emissions, on which it is planned to, implement the joint implementation project;

deadlines for submission and forms of reporting in terms of emissions of green-house gases;

rules of functioning of national system for trade of carbon units;

methodologies of calculation of anthropogenic emissions by sources and absorption by absorbers of green-house gases;

criteria for selection of projects of target ecological (green) investments and activities related to implementation of such projects;

b) meeting, within its competence, the requirements of the UN Climate Change Framework Convention and the Kyoto Protocol to it, of that implementation of mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol;

c) coordinating:

action plans concerning implementation of projects of target ecological (green) investments;

adoption and submission of national information on climate change according to the obligations under the UN Climate Change Framework Convention and the Kyoto Protocol to it;

adoption and submission, to the Secretariat of the UN Climate Change Framework Convention of the National, of report (cadastre) of anthropogenic emissions by sources and absorption by absorbers of green-house gases;

d) coordinating the activities related to meeting the obligations of Ukraine under the UN Climate Change Framework Convention and the Kyoto Protocol to it;

5) in the area of efficient usage, restoration and protection of fauna and flora, bio-  and landscape diversity, establishment, preservation and usage of ecological network and, within its competence, biological and genetical safety, restoration and protection of lands:

ensuring legal and regulatory governing with regard to:

protecting, using and restoring the flora and fauna;

maintaining state cadastres of fauna and flora;

registering the animals and plants, including state registering of hunting animals and fish, volumes of their preying (harvesting);

applying the procedure of setting limits for usage of wild animals considered as natural resources of national importance;

special usage of wild animals and other species of fauna considered as natural resources of national importance, including fish and other water living resources as well as rare and threatened species of animals to be bred in specially created conditions and for scientific and research and other purposes;

using wild animals to receive the products of their vital activity;

granting the permits to withdraw the fauna species for scientific, cultural and educational, esthetic purposes from environment, for special use of natural flora resources (except of forest resources);

registering and keeping wild animals, which are withdrawn from environment to provide them with aid;

selling the species of fauna confiscated or withdrawn, for free, as a result of breaching of legislation with regard to importing into or exporting out of Ukraine the wild animals and other fauna species;

keeping and breeding of wild animals, which are in captivity or in semi-free conditions;

regulating the activities necessary to decrease a number of animals in cases of occurrence or threat to occurrence of epizooties and other dangerous situations;

adopting the lists of wild plants, dissemination and number of which are subject to regulation;

importing into or exporting out of Ukraine the species of fauna and flora, except of GMO;

general use and restoration of natural flora resources;

establishing the rates for special use of natural flora resources, coordination and adoption of rated wood-cutting areas;

collecting technical, medicine, spicy, aromatic, food raw materials from wild plants;

determining the natural plant groupings, which are subject to inclusion into the Green Book, adopting the lists of rare and threatened natural plant groupings, which are subject  to protection and are included into the Green Book of Ukraine;

maintaining the Red and Green Books of Ukraine;

establishing, replenishing, storing, using, disposing and state registering the zoological and botanical collections, trading with them as well as importing into and exporting out of Ukraine;

adopting the lists of species of animals, plants and mushrooms, which are included in the Red Book of Ukraine, species of animals, plants and mushrooms, which are excluded from the Red Book of Ukraine;

registering the rare and threatened species of fauna and flora, which are included in the Red Book of Ukraine;

granting permits for preying of species of animals, plants and mushrooms, which are included in the Red Book of Ukraine, forms of requests and letter-heads of permits for such preying;

protecting, using and restoring the animals, plants and mushrooms, included in the lists, which are not part of the Red Book of Ukraine, but they are of peculiar scientific and other value;

assessing the risk of potential influence of GMO on environment;

establishing the lists of lands, where the restrictions for cultivation of genetically modified kinds of plants are applied;

issuing the permits and certificates to import into or export out of Ukraine the species of wild fauna and flora, which are the objects of regulation by the Convention on international trade with species of wild fauna and flora being threatened;

coordinating the designs of land management with regard to allotment of land plots;

establishing and approving, under legislation, the limits and quotas for special usage of resources of flora and fauna species;

issuing, canceling, re-issuing and issuing the copies of permits for:

special usage of wild animals;

resettling the animals to new places of stay, acclimatizing the species of wild animals, which are new for fauna of Ukraine, as well as activities related to breeding of wild animals;

creating and replenishing zoological collections through withdrawal of animals from environment;

keeping the wild animals as well as those species, which are included in the Red Book of Ukraine, in semi-captivity conditions or in captivity;

cross-boundary transportation of species of fauna and flora according to the requirements of the Convention on international trade with species of wild fauna and flora being threatened;

special usage of non-hunting species of animals and plants, which are included in the Red Book of Ukraine, natural plant groupings included in the Green Book of Ukraine;

conducting the state testing of GMO in open system;

releasing the GMO into contained system;

transiting of GMO not registered in Ukraine;

procedure of preliminary substantiated consent with regard to possibility of cross-boundary transportation of GMO used for deliberate release into environment according to the requirements of Cartagena Protocol on biosafety and the Convention on biological diversity;

adopting the rated wood cutting areas under procedure of main usage, coordinating the materials of forest management;

coordinates the designs of land management concerning allotment of land plots, the decisions for which are taken by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine;

establishing the network of research land plots and plots with reference soils to monitor land at national level;

maintaining the state cadastre of fauna and flora;

maintaining the Red and Green Books of Ukraine;

managing creation, preservation and usage of national ecological network;

6) in the area of ranger’s activity and usage of nature and reserve fund:

а) ensuring legal and regulatory governing with regard to:

special usage of natural resources within territories and sites of nature and reserve fund;

maintaining the state cadastre of territories and sites of nature and reserve fund;

establishing and meeting the regime of ranger’s service of territories and sites of nature and reserve fund;

activities of ranger’s service of nature and reserve fund;

scientific, recreational, ecological and educational activity of nature and biosphere reserves and national nature parks;

economic substantiation for development of nature and reserve fund as well as economic assessment of nature territories and sites, which are part of such fund;

maintaining the passport of wetland of international importance;

b) issuing, canceling, re-issuing and issuing the copies of permits for activities focused on protection of nature reserves, removal of consequences of accidents, natural calamity and for other purposes not stipulated by design of establishment of territory of nature, biosphere reserve, national nature park;

c) setting the limits for usage of natural resources within territories and sites of nature and reserve fund;

d) maintaining the state cadastre of territories and sites of nature and reserve fund;

e) taking part in carrying out the scientific and technical policy in the area of protection and usage of nature and reserve fund, namely: generalizing the scientific research on territories of nature and biosphere reserves, national nature parks; adopting the procedure for preparation and programme of Chronicle of Nature; conducting the scientific research on territories and sites of nature and reserve fund; adopting the programmes and plans of scientific and research activities;

f) exercising:

administration of ranger’s services and usage of territories and sites of nature and reserve fund, ranger’s services of nature and reserve fund;

creating, preserving and using the national ecological network;

preparing and submitting the proposals concerning establishment of new territories and sites of nature and reserve fund as well as expansion, changes of boundaries, category and cancellation of status of existing territories and sites of nature and reserve fund;

g) adopting the regulation on territories and sites of nature and reserve fund as well as the regulation on territories and sites, which are of peculiar ecological, scientific, esthetic, economic as well as historical and cultural value;

j) adopting the designs of territories of nature and biosphere reserves, national nature parks, designs of maintenance and reconstruction of parks – monuments of garden and park art;

h) coordinating the designs of territories of dendrological, zoological parks and botanical gardens of national importance, designs of maintenance and reconstruction of parks – monuments of garden and park art, which are beyond the competence of MENR of Ukraine;

i) adopting the regulation on ecological funds of nature and biosphere reserves, national nature parks, botanical gardens and zoological parks as well as regional landscape parks;

k) approving appointment of managers of special administrations of nature and biosphere reserves, national nature parks, botanical gardens and zoological parks of national importance as well as regional landscape parks;

l) developing the designs for establishment, announcement, change of boundaries, categories and cancellation of status of territories and sites of nature and reserve fund; designs of reservation of valuable natural territories and sites; designs of establishment of protection zones for nature objects and sites of territories of nature and reserve fund;

m) arranging (on terrain) the boundaries of territories and sites of nature and reserve fund;

n) issuing the protection obligations to enterprises, institutions and organizations and citizens with regard to territories and sites of nature and reserve fund or their parts, which are being established or announced without disposal of land plots;

7) in the area of protection and restoration of waters (ground, surface, and sea), efficient usage of water resources:

а) ensuring legal and regulatory governing with regard to:

rules, standards, norms for protection and restoration of waters (ground, surface, sea), efficient usage of water resources, analyzing the practice of their application;

limits for extraction, usage of water and limits of discharge of pollutants into water bodies;

issuing the permitting documents in this area;

procedures for the issues of development and adoption of rates of maximal permissible discharges (MPD) of pollutants into water bodies;

guidelines and methodologies concerning establishment of technological rates in this area;

conditions of discharge of waters into water bodies and underground horizons;

criteria for determination of extreme high level of pollutants;

b) issuing, canceling, re-issuing and issuing the copies of permits for work on lands occupied by seas;

c) maintaining the list of enterprises, institutions and organizations, which develop the designs of rates of maximal permissible discharges of pollutants into water bodies;

8) in the area of development of water economy and reclamation of lands legal and regulatory governing with regard to:

Rules, standards, norms in the area of development of water economy and reclamation of lands, analyzing the practice of their application;

Arranging and monitoring the irrigated and drained lands;

Maintaining the state water cadastre under section "Water Use";

list of water facilities of local importance;

mothballing of reclamation systems and certain facilities of engineer infrastructure;

conducting routine and preventive repairs of reclamation systems and facilities;

granting the permitting documents in this area;

9) in the area of geological study and efficient usage of mineral resources – legal and regulatory governing with regard to:

Considering the documents, within its competence, issuing, terminating, cancelling, re-issuing, amending, prolonging the period of validity, issuing the copies and forms of special permits for usage of mineral resources and permits for commissioning of deposit or separate oil and gas field for pilot and industrial development;

Registering the activities related to geological study of mineral resources;

Registering the volume of produced mineral resources and their losses, registering oil and gas wells;

Procedure of establishment, registering, storing and usage of information of state information geological fund;

Content, documenting and procedure of submission, for consideration by the State Commission for Mineral Resources, of materials of geological and economic assessments of deposits of metal and non-metal mineral resources;

Procedure of conclusion of agreements for geological and physical work in wells being drilled for oil and gas;

Rules of regulatory support to geological study of mineral resources;

stage of geological and exploration work;

procedure for arrangement and developing the mineral resources deposits of national importance;

maintaining the State Ecological and Geological Map;

procedure for coordination of materials to obtain special permits for usage of mineral resources;

monetary remuneration for opening of new mineral resources deposits of industrial importance;

meeting the ecological requirements in production and efficient usage of coal and peat deposits;

10) in the area of control of meeting the environment protection legislation - legal and regulatory governing with regard to:

Arranging and conducting checks of business entities, local self-governance bodies and local executive authorities with regard to meeting the requirements of environment protection legislation and ecological safety laws;

Documenting the materials on administrative delinquencies;

Sealing of enterprises, their certain shops (sections) and units of equipment in case of restriction or termination of (temporally) activity of enterprises and facilities;

Calculations of amount of compensation and payment of damage made to state due to breaching of environment protection legislation and ecological safety laws;

Calculations of volumes of emissions and discharges of pollutants into environment;

Technical operation of gas cleaning installations;

Verifying the ecological indicators of oil products being sold through wholesale and retail trade;

Interacting the State Ecological Inspectorate of Ukraine with other state supervision bodies;

Conducting state control on how the rules in the area of forestry, hunting and fishery are being met;

Transporting, exporting (re-exporting), importing, withdrawing, acquiring for ownership, using, leasing the fauna sites, trading them as well as those included in the Red Book and being under protection of the Convention of on international trade of wild fauna and flora;

Conducting state control of special, sport and amateur usage, keeping, destruction of fish and other water living resources;

Drafting the rules and procedure of sampling as well as determining and measuring the indicators of composition and features of facilities for control of waters, emissions, soils and waste;

Conducting ecological and radiological control of transport vehicles and cargoes, including goods (articles) of humanitarian aid, in the checkpoints through the state border and on the customs territory of Ukraine;

Determining the lists of goods, which are subject to ecological and radiological control in the checkpoints through the state border and on the customs territory of Ukraine;

Drafting and submitting for consideration by the President of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine the laws of Ukraine, decrees of the President of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine;

Drafting, within its competence, the opinions and proposals to drafts of laws as well as other laws and regulations received to be coordinated from other bodies;

Generalizing the practice of application of legislation, drafting the proposals with regard to its improvement and submitting, under the established procedure, the drafts of laws, decrees of the President of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for consideration by the President of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine;

determining the priorities of development of the respective area;

conducting monitoring and assessment of influence of state policy in the respective area;

establishing the procedure of planning and control of how the scientific and research and pilot and design work are performed and implemented in the respective area;

arranging the monitoring of environment, ensuring functioning of national information and analytical system of monitoring of environment;

determining the ecological indicators to assess the status of environment and methodological guidelines to apply them;

adopting the regulations and procedures of establishment and functioning of information systems in the state environment monitoring system;

determining the registers of components of network for observation of environment monitoring system;

determining the methodologies of monitoring of environment, in particular, those by business entities, the activity of which results or can result in worsening of environment;

drafting and submitting for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the Annual National Report on Status of Environment in Ukraine;

ensuring implementation of sustainable development mechanisms in the respective area;

arranging, coordinating and supervising the assessment of impact on environment, including that in cross-boundary context;

conducting technical regulation in the area of protection of environment, usage of natural resources and ensuring ecological safety;

issuing certificates for the right of ecological audit, maintaining the register of ecological auditors and legal entities that have the right to conduct ecological audit;

adopting the regulation on certification of ecological auditors and on maintaining the register of ecological auditors;

drafting the strategic, programme and planned documents in the respective area and ensuring their implementation;

meeting the legislation in the respective area;

taking part in activities related to harmonization of legislation of Ukraine with the EU laws;

ensuring international cooperation within its competence, studying, generalizing and disseminating international experience, meeting the obligations of Ukraine under international agreements for the issues within its competence;

arranging the activities with regard to attraction of international financial and technical assistance, grants and other international programmes in the defined area;

taking part, within its competence, in planning and carrying out the activities related to prevention of technogenic and natural emergencies and to respond to them;

cooperating with civil society institutes, ensuring participation of public in formulation and implementation of state policy in the respective area;

informing public about formulation and implementation of state policy in the respective area;

informing and giving explanations concerning state policy in the respective area, facilitating development of ecological education of population;

arranging reception of citizens, ensuring consideration of requests of citizens, requests of members of the Parliament of Ukraine;

adopting the regulation on public control in the area of protection of environment;

establishing the procedure for provision of information on status of environment and procedure of public hearing or open meetings on influence of the planned activity on environment;

establishing, liquidating, restructuring the enterprises, institutions and organizations, adopting their regulations (statutes), under the established procedure, appointing and dismissing their managers;

fulfilling, within its competence, the responsibilities related to management of state property facilities;

taking part in establishment, maintaining and usage of ecological network, in creation of national system of scientific and technical information;

contributing to attraction of investments into the area of protection of environment, change of climate, ecological and, within its competence, biological, genetical and radioactive safety, nature and reserve economy and assessment of impact on environment, including that in cross-boundary context;

approving the object-by-object lay-outs of dedicated enterprises, institutions and organizations, which perform the geological and exploration work for the state budget on the territory of Ukraine;

providing the proposals with regard to scope of state order for training, re-training and improvement of skills of experts in the respective area;

arranging scientific, scientific and technical, investment, information, publishing activity, advocating the achievements and advanced experience, introducing modern information technologies and computer networks in the respective area.

Mechanisms through which the public can represent its interests or otherwise influence upon the powers of the Ministry:
  • Participating in meetings of the Public Council;

  • Participating in public discussions of drafts of MENR regulations;

  • Through public reception-office of MENR.

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