Losses worth billions of hryvnias: fire in occupied Dzharylhach destroyed a protected area
Fires have been burning on the temporarily occupied island of Dzharylhach in the Kherson region for more than a week. The fire has destroyed the entire protected area of the natural park on an area of more than 1,500 hectares and caused billions of hryvnias in damage.
Iryna Sabashenko, director of the Dzharylhach National Park, told Suspilne about this. According to her, the protected area, where the bulk of all steppe ecosystems of the island are concentrated, as well as the populations of all rare animals and the largest number of ungulates on the island, was destroyed by fire. A number of plant communities listed in the Red Data Book are under threat of extinction.
Sabashenko pointed out that it takes an average of 4-5 to 8-12 years to restore steppe, meadow, and salt marsh areas, and 15 to 30 years to restore tamarack thickets.
"We are counting the losses, but they are already in the billions of hryvnias. The fire is still ongoing, so we don't have accurate data," said the director.
As a reminder, Dzharylhach has been under occupation since the first days of Russia's full-scale invasion. Part of the park, which has been on fire since early August, is an absolute nature reserve zone, where even human access is restricted.
"Undoubtedly, the fire, which no one is even trying to extinguish, will bring enormous losses to the island's biodiversity," the Ukrainian Nature Protection Group said.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the Kakhovka Reservoir has completely gone shallow after the occupiers blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. Now its bottom is a solid huge void, with lakes of water visible.
"More than $2 billion in direct losses and at least $1.5 billion in environmental damage as a result of Russia's crime, and the worst part is tens of thousands of ruined lives, pain and suffering for Ukrainians," the Come Back Alive Foundation said.