Community practices in soil fertility restoration on Kyiv and Zhytomyr Polissya landscape
Community practices in soil fertility restoration on Kyiv and Zhytomyr Polissya landscape
One of the main environmental problems of Zhytomyr and Kyiv Polissya lanscape is a sharp deterioration of the ecological and agrochemical condition of soils on lands contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster. One of the reasons is intensive technologies usage, leading to the degeneration of soil fertility and the accumulation of harmful chemicals in crop production. Consequently, the main purpose of the project is the development, demonstration and dissemination of new technologies of niche crops growing in the Zhytomyr and Kyiv Polissya as an effective tool to restore soil fertility.
Specific project goals include:
- development and testing the technology of niche crops growing in the Zhytomyr and Kyiv Polissya;
- increasing the environmental awareness and consolidation of the created partnerships that aim at expanding the capacities to introduce the technologies in their own households, to share experience and develop a network of CSO "Green Zhytomyr".
The off-the-shelf technology on niche plants growing is tested on 40 hectares of degraded lands of Zhytomyr and Kyiv Polissya (land contaminated by the Chernobyl catastrophe, that have not been used for 30 years). Conditions to restore the communities? soil fertility and to prevent it?s degradation were lain as a result of usage of the niche cultures sowing.
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Project Snapshot

NGO Green consciousness and partnership
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Operational Phase:
Phase 6
Grant Amount:
US$ 21,458.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 4,405.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 17,700.00
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
A number of educational events was organized: a conference on "Land degradation in the Polissya area and ways of solving this problem in the concept of sustainable development of rural territories and communities" on November 18, 2016, in Horoshiv; a scientific conference on "Scientific and practical bases of land use and development of ecological agriculture in the Polissya zone" was held on April 7, 2017, at the Zhytomyr National Agroecological University; two thematic exhibitions on "Land degradation" were held on March 6, 2017 in Lviv and on October 18, 2016 in Kyiv, during the UNDP/GEF Knowledge Fair. In order to familiarize young people with the problem of land degradation and ways of its solution, promote ecological professions and expand opportunities for rural youth in solving global ecological problems, on November 3, 2016, the Zhytomyr Agro-Technical College held open lessons on "Lithosphere Protection". And on February 18, 2017, a student meeting with project experts, teachers of the Agronomy Faculty took place at Zhytomyr National Agroecological University. Problems of the Polissya soil, water quality, air and agricultural products were discussed.
Gender Focus
Gender equality is a part of project policy and all parties participate in project activities on equal base and benefit from project results.
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Number of CBOs / NGOs formed or registered through the SGP project 1
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 200
Number and type of support linkages established with local governments/authorities 8
Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 40


Zhytomyr National Agroecological Institute; Oransk Village Council; Ryzhansk Village Council; agricultural enterprise

Grantee Contact

Ms Lesya Matviyenko
Phone: 00380638099356


9k, Layosha Gavro Str., off.116
Kyiv , 04211

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Svitlana Nigorodova
+ 380 44 253 93 63 (ext. 156)
+ 380 44 253 2607
Ms. Valentyna Kyrychenko
+ 380 44 253 93 63 (ext. 157)


1, Klovsky Uzviz Str. Kyiv, Ukraine