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The agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Ukraine on cooperation in the field of environmental protection

of July 26, 1995

The government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Ukraine which are hereinafter referred to as with the Parties

proceeding from the principles Agreements between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on further development of the interstate relations of June 23, 1992 are also more whole,

wishing to promote realization of the right of each person to the environment, favorable for life,

realizing responsibility for ecological safety of the people,

deeply concerned with present state of environment which is fraught with irreversible effects for human civilization and is capable to call into question its existence,

being convinced that the cooperation in the field of environmental protection is mutually advantageous and promotes further development and strengthening of friendship between the people of both states,

in view of the experience accumulated in the field of the international nature protection cooperation

being guided by the domestic legislation of the states and the universally recognized norms of the international environmental law,

based on the principles of the state sovereignty,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

The parties will develop and strengthen mutually beneficial and equal cooperation in the field of environmental protection, rational use and renewal of natural resources for the benefit of the people of both states, being guided by the principle of sustainable development.

Article 2

The cooperation between the Parties is performed in the following main directions:

enhancement of the nonconsumptive legislation;

carrying out the agreed measures directed to reduction of negative impact of global changes of the environment and climate by economy and the person;

decrease in influence of anthropogenous activities on the environment and climate;

implementation of joint activities in the field of regulation, standardization, metrology and certification in environmental protection and use of natural resources;

protection of surface water of sushi, marine environment and natural resources of territorial waters, the continental shelf and sea economic zone taking into account international agreements in this area;

the organization of joint monitoring of state of environment in border areas;

monitoring of condition of the Black and Azov seas;

preserving, renewal and expansion of forest fund;

protection of flora and fauna, especially rare and being under the threat of disappearance types;

protection of lands against harmful effects, rehabilitation and recovery of the contaminated territories, the state control of use of lands;

fight against chemical pollution of the soil, against secondary salinization of the irrigated lands, and also prevention of erosion of soils;

implementation of the approved nature protection actions for ensuring maintaining ecologically safe agricultural industry in border areas;

development of national parks, reserves, creation of the joint especially protected natural territories in border areas;

conducting the state environmental assessment of economic activity in border zone;

safe operation of the companies of nuclear power, chemical industry, other potentially dangerous industrial facilities;

removal, neutralization, conversion and use of industrial, agricultural and household wastes;

control of cross-border movement of toxic waste;

research of biological and genetic effects of environmental pollution, anthropogenous impact on it;

protection against harmful effects of objects of the industry and power in regular and emergency situations;

mutual operational informing on threat of considerable cross-border pollution of the territory of one of the Parties and on forecasts of its distribution;

protection and environmental improvement in the cities and other settlements;

organization of ecological education and education of the population, training;

information exchange in the field of environmental protection.

This list of the main directions of cooperation can be specified further with the consent of the Parties.

Article 3

The cooperation between the Parties is performed in the following main forms:

implementation of joint programs and projects;

holding joint meetings, conferences, consultations of experts;

exchange of scientific and technical and legal documentation, techniques and other information;

mutual exchange of regulations in the field of environmental protection;

conducting joint inspection of the environment, including space inspection;

carrying out joint basic and applied ecological surveys;

mutual exchange of annual reports on condition of the surrounding environment.

Article 4

The parties take measures for settlement of responsibility in case of the cross-border impacts causing damage to health of the population and the environment.

Article 5

The departments responsible for implementation of this agreement, are:

From the Russian Side - the Ministry of environmental protection and natural resources of the Russian Federation;

from the Ukrainian Side - the Ministry of protection of the surrounding environment and nuclear safety of Ukraine.

Article 6

For coordination of sales activity of this agreement of the Party create the Mixed Russian-Ukrainian commission on questions of environmental protection (the Commission hereinafter is referred to as further).

Within six months after entry into force of this agreement responsible departments of the Parties notify each other on appointment of cochairmen of the Commission.

The commission develops and approves the programs of cooperation expected certain terms between the Parties in the directions listed in Article 2 of this agreement and makes necessary recommendations about their accomplishment.

Article 7

When sending experts and other persons on commission sessions, and also within adopted agendas of cooperation transportation expenses are incurred by the sending party.

The host party incurs expenses on stay of delegation of the sending party, including the expenses connected with trips for the purpose of implementation of joint actions within the territory of the party on medical attendance, including hospitalization if the condition of the sent person requires urgent medical attendance.

Article 8

The parties, proceeding from the purposes of this agreement, domestic legislation and the international obligations, promote establishment and development of direct connections and direct contacts between organizations and the organizations (including non-governmental) both Parties which activities are connected with environmental protection.

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