CiSEP: Green economy — a trend or a need?

Experts discussed the devel­opment of a green economy in Western Ukraine at CiSEP online round-table

By Iryna Shvets, OPORA Lviv

Environ­mental threats caused by global climate change and environ­mental degra­dation have been at the forefront of global devel­opment in recent years. It is obvious that they will shape the state’s agenda of the next decade, with an emphasis on the need to gradually restore natural ecosystems to a safe level, adherence to the principles of economic efficiency, social justice and sustainable devel­opment. The issue of how to respond to global challenges at the local level was discussed during two CiSEP online events on 13 and 14 of May 2020.

The expert round table “Devel­oping a green economy in Western Ukraine” was held on May 13. More than 20 repre­sen­ta­tives from the public sector, univer­sities, business and public admin­is­tration gathered at the Zoom meeting. During the first of two parts, partic­i­pants had the oppor­tunity to get acquainted with the presen­ta­tions of invited experts: Oleksandr Sushchenko (Center for Social Value Research), Natalia Andru­sevich (Resource and Analytical Center “Society and Environment”), Olga Melnyk (Economic Devel­opment Agency “PPV Knowledge Networks”), Victoria Dovzhyk (advisor to the mayor of Lviv, deputy of the Lviv city council). In the second part of the round table event, all partic­i­pants had the oppor­tunity to exchange views on how “green” the economy in Lviv and Lviv region is today, what are the challenges and oppor­tu­nities for local business devel­opment in response to climate change.

The event “CLIMATE TALKS: about the green economy for a planet under pressure”, which took place on May 14, was a logical contin­u­ation of both the expert round table and the thematic vector of the CiSEP Network. The event was organized by the CISEP regional partner, OPORA Lviv in partnership with PLATO NGO. The event in the format of an online discussion at the Zoom platform became a good ground for collecting insights from Oleksandr Sushchenko — Head of the Center for Social Value Research and researcher at the Helmholtz Center for Environ­mental Research, Oleksiy Karnaushenko — Director of GreenEra Ukraine solid waste operator, Daria Yaremchuk — owner of art vegetarian café “Green”, Iryna Gavrychenko — environ­mental engineer at the company “Enzyme”. During the talk, repre­sen­ta­tives and owners of local businesses shared their obser­va­tions on changes in value approaches to entre­pre­neurship, experience in imple­menting the principles of the closed-loop economy, increased producer respon­si­bility and demand from consumers, victory and frustration in trying to reduce environ­mental and climate impact.

Both events were part of a series of activ­ities aimed at highlighting regional challenges in the process of imple­menting the Associ­ation with the EU and the imple­men­tation of the DCFTA with the involvement of civil society.

The Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) is a training programme for active citizens and change makers from Ukraine. CiSEP creates a Ukraine-wide network of specialists on questions of the EU-Ukraine associ­ation agreement with the aim to strengthen the European integration of Ukraine.

CiSEP is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.