Member of the Expert Council of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development of Crimea Yevhen Khlobystov, during the presentation of the environmental study of the CTRC Environmental and climatic discrimination in the occupied Crimea: dimensions and threats, emphasized that the results of this study can be directed to the strategy of de-occupation of Crimea.
“This study aimed to identify the potential range of environmental discrimination and migration processes that are associated with it. To determine how the state of the Crimean environment is changing, taking into account global climate change, and also to determine what challenges, threats, and dangers we may face in connection with this. And most importantly, to direct the results of this study to the strategy for the de-occupation of Crimea”,- the expert noted.
Yevhen Khlobystov believes that Ukraine should more effectively shape its socio-economic policy, environmental policy, demographic policy towards Crimea, taking into account the changes that have taken place on the territory of the peninsula during the years of temporary occupation. Ukraine must understand how we see our future as part of a single state.
“We have a range of challenges. We linked precisely environmental challenges and threats with the overall socio-economic situation in the region. That is why the study is interesting, promising and has a chance to be effectively used in our future domestic policy of Ukraine”,- he added.
The expert noted that the next problem due to the war is migration.
“Military emigration from the occupied Crimea. Degradation of ecosystems through military installations organized by Russia and arranged training grounds. Due to the war, we, unfortunately, will spend huge resources on the restoration of the occupied territories. Therefore, this project allows us to look a little into the future and be realistic, to understand the scope of our work to restore what was destroyed by the occupiers”,- he added.