Just in from Lviv

 Nataliya visits the produce aisle at our local market
 Nataliya visits the produce aisle at our local market.

April 2, 2013

Dear friends,

ELAW Fellow Nataliya Horodetska arrived from Lviv on Sunday. This is orientation week for her at the University of Oregon's American English Institute. Nataliya will be with us for 10 weeks, to collaborate on her work as Legal Advisor at Environment People Law and improve her English.

Ukrainian authorities are fast tracking energy development without involving communities in the decision making process. The government has been exploring hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for more than one year, but has not released environmental assessment plans to the public. Authorities are also planning to build hundreds of small-sized hydropower plants in the Carpathian Mountains, even though these hydroelectric plants would disturb the natural hydrological regimes of these rivers and lead to loss of water for communities and the economy.

Nataliya will work on these and other critical efforts, and ensure that communities in Ukraine have access to information about energy and other schemes, and sustainable alternatives.

Many thanks to the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the American English Institute for supporting Nataliya's Fellowship!

All the best,

Maggie Keenan
Communications Director
ELAW Fellows Program Coordinator
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

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