The impactful lecture on "Environmental Impact of the War in Ukraine: A Focus on Ukraine's Soil and Land Management" by Dr. Olena Melnyk on February 1st drew attention to the critical environmental challenges in Ukraine resulting from the war. Covering approximately one-third of Ukraine's territory, contamination and mining have led to the worst environmental disaster in terms of soil pollution per unit of time, with toxic elements threatening the soil for decades.
Dr. Olena Melnyk highlighted the urgency of addressing environmental risks from war-affected agricultural lands. Her extensive research background, spanning environmental impact assessment, soil remediation, climate policy, and sustainable development, brought depth to the discussion.
This lecture, an important component of the "ETH with Ukraine - Exchanging Knowledge for a Sustainable Future" exhibition, emphasized the global consequences of inaction, including threats to ecology, food security, and export opportunities. We extend our appreciation to Dr. Olena Melnyk for her informative presentation and our audience for actively participating in the Q&A session.