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Nature without borders – maintaining a common natural heritage in Dobromyl (Ukraine) and Zagórz (Poland) Communes





Project type

Regular project






1.2 Promotion and preservation of natural heritage




Zagórz Commune (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)


Dobromyl City Council (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)

TOTAL BUDGET 2 628 106.86 € ENI CO-FUNDING 2 381 390.17 €
DURATION 60 months 04.07.2018 - 03.07.2023

Project description

The San River together with its creeks – Osława and Wyrwa – are parts of the most important natural heritage of the Carpathians. Upper basin of the San River is a place of occurrence of many valuable natural species (e.g. brook lamprey or riffle minnow). The Dobromyl in Ukraine and Zagórz in Poland are naturally connected by the rivers and together want to preserve their common treasure. The state border is not a barrier for the rivers flowing along the Polish-Ukrainian border. Unfortunately, the inadequate drainage system and wastewater treatment cause negative consequences – polluted water, loss of biodiversity and risks to human health. The majority of the households and facilities in Dobromyl are connected to a defective sewage treatment plant. Other 30% of them and five large enterprises aren’t connected to any network. In Zagórz the situation is not better – the sewages are currently kept in septic tanks, which are often leaking.

The RiversHeritage project is going to improve and protect the water quality of the San River on both sides of the border area. The most important task is building a wastewater treatment plant in Dobromyl, including the exchange of experiences between the plant employees in both countries. In addition, the 4.5 km sewerage system rebuild is also planned. Almost 400 households and buildings will be connected to the new sewage network. Over 27 km of sanitary sewage system for residents and services will be also developed in three Polish villages: Czaszyn, Brzozowiec, Tarnawa Dolna. They will be connected to the already operating sewage treatment plant in Zagórz.

The activities carried out within the project will have a fundamental impact on the quality of life of the local communities as well as visiting the Polish-Ukrainian border area tourits. The RiversHeritage will significantly influence the beauty of the Carpathians including local rivers which will increase their attractiveness.


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