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AstapovLawyers became a partner of the UNDP-GEF Dnieper Basin Environment Programme

September 2010

30.08.2010 - The next stage of the UNDP-GEF project aimed at protecting the transboundary environment of the Dnieper River started in October 2009. One of the project goals is the creation of the International Dnieper Basin Commission by three riparian countries: Russian Federation, Belarus and Ukraine.

The relevant commissions are already in place and conduct international legal monitoring of the water use in relation to the rivers Danube, Rhine, Elba, Mekong, etc. In June 2010, to ensure the successful implementation of the respective objectives, the UNDP-GEF Programme announced a tender among the major law firms in Eastern Europe. The law firm AstapovLawyers was selected as a UN partner in this project.

It is expected that cooperation on this project will result in the development of the programme for creation of the international body dealing with the legal regulation of the Dnieper River. The first stage of the programme provides for harmonization of the Ukrainian and Belarusian legislation with six EU directives governing use of water resources. The second stage provides for the development of a legal framework for the intergovernmental body, i.e. the International Dnieper Basin Commission. Prospective participation of the Russian Federation in this project is currently being discussed.

"We plan to complete these stages by the end of 2012." - Andrey Astapov, AstapovLawyers Managing Partner said. - "We are honoured to be involved in this project. For us it is not simply a matter of professional interest, we believe that the establishment of such Commission is really important for our country". According to Mr. Astapov, the main tasks of the company will include analysis of the national legislation, development of the recommendations concerning improvement of the water resources management and pollution prevention. According to the agreement between the UN and the governments of mentioned countries, the respective ministries of environmental protection, national governments and parliaments of Ukraine and Belarus shall adopt the relevant regulations based on these recommendations.


AstapovLawyers International Law Group is one of a leading full service Law Firms in Ukraine, consistently named among the leaders of the market for quality and reliability of service as well as for the depth of expertise by major international and local legal directories. The Firm employs over 50 carefully selected and well-motivated professionals who are responsive, solution-oriented, creative and committed. Firm's key clients include Nemiroff, Soyuz-Victan, Raiffeisen Bank Central, Danone, Mriya Agroholding, Bunge, Energoatom, DEMZ, Rodovid Bank. More information about the Firm can be found at

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