UNDP launches interactive online river monitoring platform for Chernihiv Oblast

The platform operates in real time, allowing for faster and more effective response to changes in water quality

September 28, 2023
Photo: Taras Kazantsev

Kyiv, 28 September 2023 – With generous financial support from the Government of Sweden, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine, together with partners, has developed an online monitoring system for waterways in Chernihiv Oblast. The system enables comprehensive overview of water quality and the factors that affect its condition.

The online monitoring system for waterways in Chernihiv Oblast includes dashboards, web maps, and other summary data that demonstrate the state of surface water pollution. For deeper understanding of the nature of pollution, the system offers charts and other dynamic analysis tools. These resources allow users to track pollution trends in real time and identify factors that cause significant increases in the concentration of harmful substances in surface waters. 

The system also offers tools for analysing the impact of agricultural and industrial activities on surface water quality. This in-depth analysis is valuable for identifying potential sources of pollution and directing efforts to eliminate them.

Olena Rudych, Programme Coordinator, Local Governance and Decentralisation Reform (RPP) emphasized the importance of the monitoring system. “In times of war, environmental monitoring and data collection help calculate and reduce potential environmental risks,” she said. “Together with the Government of Sweden and national partners, we believe that this online monitoring system will play a key role in preserving water quality in Chernihiv Oblast, and that it can be scaled up nationally and implemented across the country.”

Watch the video to learn more about how the platform works: https://youtu.be/WIO2_SUsJjI

To learn more about the newly created platform and interactive tools for monitoring the state of water resources in Chernihiv Oblast, please follow the link: https://water-monitoring-wdc-ukraine.hub.arcgis.com/

We invite local communities, water utilities, and NGOs interested in monitoring the quality of water in rivers to cooperate. Contacts: Olha Siutikova, Project Manager, Environmental Specialist, UNDP in Ukraine, olga.syutikova@undp.org.


The project to develop a comprehensive system for online monitoring of waterways in Chernihiv Oblast was implemented by the World Data Center for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development and the Professional Association of Environmental Executives (PAEW), with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine under the Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme with financial support from the Government of Sweden.

Media inquiries: Yuliia Samus, UNDP Ukraine Head of Communications; e-mail: yuliia.samus@undp.org