Rebuilding Ukraine: plan of revival of Mariupol after de-occupation has been presented to the country's builders

13 April 2024, 09:55

The RECOVERY CONSTRUCTION FORUM UKRAINE was held in Kyiv, which brought together government representatives, the construction community and representatives of international organisations to discuss challenges and coordinate actions for the reconstruction of Ukraine. The participants of the event included experts from government agencies and relevant ministries, construction and engineering companies, architectural firms and manufacturers of building materials, as well as representatives of communities whose cities are under temporary occupation or have suffered from the military aggression of the russian federation. Mykhailo Kohut, First Deputy Mayor of Mariupol, shared his experience in developing the priority actions required for the rapid recovery of the city after de-occupation.

Currently, the Mariupol City Council, headed by Vadym Boichenko, with the support of the state, international partners and large Ukrainian businesses, is working on a large-scale and multi-stage Plan of the revival of the city after de-occupation “Mariupol Reborn”. One of the areas of work is the development of an action algorithm for the Rapid recovery “Fast Recovery Plan”.

These are the measures that need to be taken immediately after de-occupation to improve the humanitarian situation, restore critical infrastructure, launch utilities, stabilise the situation and create a foundation for the future reconstruction of Mariupol.

As a reminder, Mariupol is the only city in Ukraine that since the first days of the full-scale invasion was under a blockade and was being destroyed with all types of weapons. According to preliminary data, the russian occupation forces damaged 90% of the city's critical infrastructure, destroyed 50% of multi-storey buildings and 40% of private houses. They have completely destroyed the economy of Mariupol. Therefore, for the future rapid rebuilding of the city, a team of experts is already developing a step-by-step plan for the revival of Mariupol, which includes not only rapid actions but also an assessment of losses, an urban vision, creation of an economic model and a master plan for the new city.

"Mariupol Reborn is a comprehensive plan for the city's reconstruction, in the development of which we are engaging the best practices of other countries and the best expertise. We are uniting major donors, global and national partners, architects and construction companies around the revival of Mariupol. We have a plan, recovery projects and a clear understanding of how to rebuild the city. Most importantly, we discuss our plans with Mariupol residents. The goal is to rebuild the city for people in a way that will make them come back. We see it as a modern and comfortable city by the sea with an ocean of new opportunities, which is only possible under the flag of Ukraine,"- said Mykhailo Kohut.

He also emphasised that Mariupol is actively sharing its achievements in rebuilding with other affected communities. Their representatives have the opportunity to get acquainted with the concept and approaches used by the Mariupol City Council in order to adapt the best to create their own revival plans. Thus, in the future, it will help to rebuild Ukraine quickly and efficiently after the war.  

Dmytro Negresha, the First Deputy Head of Borodianka, agrees that plans for revival are needed to be developed now: "Your management team is working very powerfully. They correctly provide information to investors in various forms. We all now understand that the European Union has funds for the restoration of the currently occupied communities. Given the high-quality management work of the Mariupol team, they are forming this pool, which will allow them to immediately activate this assistance when the community returns to Ukraine. This means that you will already understand what you need to do, what to pay attention to, and what to activate. This is very correct."

Reference. The Mariupol Reborn project is being implemented by the Mariupol City Council with the investment support of Rinat Akhmetov's SCM and international donors.