The European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed with the multi-donor fund E5P and the Government of Ukraine a EUR 5.11m grant agreement to support the rehabilitation and modernisation of the water facilities of Mykolayiv Vodokanal, the municipal utility for water distribution and water treatment of the City of Mykolayiv. With 510,000 inhabitants, this is the ninth largest city in Ukraine.
The quality of our seas and oceans is deteriorating at an alarming rate. One major problem is plastic pollution. According to estimates, more than 150 million tonnes of plastic have already accumulated in the world’s oceans, and up to 12.7 million tonnes are added every year. To top that, our marine environments also have to contend with rising water temperatures, ocean acidity and overfishing, all of which affect marine life. One affected sea creature is the jellyfish, which these conditions seem to favour, leading it to congregate in large masses, called blooms.