WHO we are
Newpets is one of the largest charitable foundations in Ukraine that has been recognized due to the absence of any territorial boundaries and the establishment of Remote Lab Assistant (RLA) - remote research system. The purpose of the Newpets Foundation is to decide some of the most pressing environmental problems of our time: climate change, wildlife extinction, forest loss, pollution of the seas, recycling of garbage and renewable energy.
Through our own Crowdfunding platform Newpets Lab., covering a wide range of not indifferent people and organizations from all over Ukraine and the diasporas in more than 20 countries of the world, the fund provides funding to leaders in their fields of science to implement ideas aimed solely at improving our country in various fields of activity. from bionics to renewable energy. In addition, Newpets provides its own scientific space and partnerships with banks to provide loan customers and help individual scientists and researchers evolve.
The Newpets Foundation has a vibrant scientific focus and implements a number of multi-year projects aimed at reducing the amount of household and industrial waste by creating hybrids of plants, animal breeds, strains of microorganisms with the required qualities.
WHY we need your help
At least 100 species go extinct each day. You never know what might be next. It's not too late.
Because of the pollution and influence of people every day, animals and marine life go extinct. We implement a number of projects to preserve these helpless creatures, including breeding in natural and artificial environments, the introduction of initiatives to conserve the seas and the implementation of ideas to reduce plastic what amount of polluting our nature. The Newpets Foundation cooperates with more than 40 objects of the nature reserve fund, which are part of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. Also, we drive efforts for the creation and expansion of land protected areas on 30% from all Ukraine’s wildlife sanctuaries by 2030 year.
WHAT is the Clean Seas Initiative
This is one of the initiatives of our foundation.
The marine life of the Black and Azov Seas is under threat. Bychok-paganel, Ukrainian lamprey, Sea pike-perch, Beluga, Sterlet and other endangered species of fish and cyclostomes are victims of habitat loss and degradation, anthropogenic impact, marine and coastal pollution, unbalanced use and reproduction of marine biological resources, etc. All this can not only destroy the biodiversity of our seas, but also lead to a consequence no less global than the decline in the level of the Aral Sea.
The Clean Seas Initiative includes in its program for the protection and recreation of the environment of the Azov and Black Seas, the following priority areas for addressing the main problems of the ecological state of the Azov and Black Seas:
- Сreation and expansion of land protected areas (including water protection zone of the seas, coastal zone) on 30% from all Ukraine’s conservation areas by 2030 year.
- Reduction of harmful emissions to the Black and Azov Seas from factories (paying special attention to emissions from metallurgical plants in Mariupol city) and ships on 30% by 2030 year.
- Construction of underwater habitats (reef balls) in the Black and Azov Seas with an area of 3000 square kilometers by 2030 year.
- Creation of conditions for the life of algae, shrimp, mollusks, which are in themselves powerful purification plants.
- Conservation and reproduction of marine life and habitats of biological species.
- Reproduction of valuable and commercial fish species (both in the natural environment and in artificial water bodies), the development of aquaculture activities, and the creation of special marine plantations.
- Raising the level of environmental education online and involving the public in implementing environmental protection measures.
- Improvement of the legislative and other regulatory framework for the implementation of the Clean Seas Initiative at the state level, its alignment with the requirements of the existing international treaties of Ukraine.
HOW do we clean our country of waste
Each Ukrainian annually generates about 330 kg of garbage. In a year, 11 million tons of domestic waste are transported to polygons and informal garbage dumps. The total area of landfills is almost 5% of the country's territory, which is comparable to the size of the Chernivtsi region. At the same time in Ukraine there is only one incineration plant - the Kiev "Energia". Its capacity is not enough even for servicing the capital of Ukraine. For a year, 260-280 thousand tons are burned here, while in Kiev it is collected 1.2 million tons of household waste. As a result, 95% of household garbage throughout the country is exported outside the settlements and stored for decades. And while in Ukraine there are no waste processing plants, plastic carries a serious harm not only to the nature of our country, but also to human health in particular. At the moment, our country needs a fundamentally new concept in processing of domestic and industrial garbage.
Project Snails is a multi-year project aimed at reducing the amount of single-use plastic that pollutes the most fertile land of the continent, the lands of our Ukraine. We in Newpets are proud of our painstaking work in the field of selection of pulmonary snails and we believe that together we can get out of the ecological catastrophe.
Every living organism interacts with each other. Unfortunately, because of the rapid evolution of man, nature is not ready to interact with us. We consider many animals to be pests. But are they so? Will humanity be able to understand why the so-called pests exist together with us? Can we make a plus out of the minus?We believe that snails can clean up unnecessary things for us, and not destroy what we need.
We change the imposed stereotypes and go from parasitism to symbiosis.
The birthplace of a giant African land snail, Achatina (Lissachatina) fulica Bowdich, 1822, is Ghana and Cameroon. In the south of the Sahara, this habitat made these snails extremely physiologically adaptable in terms of temperature tolerance, and also able to digest an incredibly broad range of food. Because of its highly proliferative nature, this mollusk has become one of the most invasive species. Achatina fulica have an extensive microbiological mass in the digestive tract. These symbiotic relationships help the snail achieve an extraordinary level of digestive efficiency (up to 80 percent). Functional analysis reveals a number of microbial genes that can help the host in the biodegradation of polyethylene of different density, plastics, waste paper, organic waste and even some metals, which we proved experimentally by selecting this model.
Although the actual composition and specific functional roles of the microbiome remain little studied, the striking efficacy of Achatina fulica in digesting lignocellulosic material during our studies suggests that this microbiome may have new enzymes that can be used in the biofuel industry.
So, in addition to the ecological processing of waste, snails can be used in the energy sector of our country, which makes it a potential fountain for scientific information and development of rational waste management methods, channeling the symbiosis of Achatina fulica and its microbiota into digestion of hardly decomposable waste and applying the model as biofuel of a new generation.