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Restoration of the former astronomical observatory on Mount Pip Ivan.

Astronomical Observatory on Mount Pip Ivan was commissioned in 1938 as the Warsaw University Observatory. During the Second World War and in the post-war period it was destroyed and as of today only its ruined stone walls remained.


In the early 2005's the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration and the Regional Council allocated funds for development of the restoration project for the Observatory building (drafted).
On the basis of astronomers’ assessments, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, together with the University of Warsaw, made the decision about reopening of the Observatory as the educational and research center for students from both countries, which would operate in spring and summer.


Furthermore, the observatory buildings would be used as a youth campsite as part of the International Centre for meetings of student youth. In this context, the “Roadmap of Ukrainian-Polish relations for 2011-2012” was signed during the visit of President of Ukraine to the Republic of Poland on February 3-4, 2011. It included the clause on establishing the International Centre for meetings of student youth and rebuilding the former astronomical Observatory on Mount Pip Ivan (2028 m). Besides, it is planned that the Scientific Centre for Vegetation Research of the Carpathian National Park and the archaeological expedition will be located in the premises of the Observatory.


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It is planned that this project will be financed with the help of funds of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and of European research grants aimed at promoting science.
In 2012, the building conservation has started. The works on walls restoration, roof structure securing and its covering with copper tin plates have been conducted (the cost of works – about 800 thousand UAH).
In 2013 the roof of the Observatory building was covered with a special kind of metal that is resistant to corrosion (the cost of works – about 300 thousand UAH).


For 2014-2016, it is scheduled to commission the main building of the astronomical Observatory, where the Research Centre for Flora and Fauna of the Carpathian National Park and the tourist hostel will be located. In 2012 the rescue squad of the Administration of the Emergency Service in Ivano-Frankivsk region was created, which reduces the time necessary for the rescue operations in the region of Chornohora Mountain range for 3-4 hours.


The activities of the scientific centre in the difficult to access mountain region will make a sufficient influence on the social and economic development of the region. First of all, it refers to the tourism development, because thanks to opportunity to restore the tourist camping, a tourist routes map will broaden out. In addition, for the purpose of tourists’ safety, the project about the permanent residence of the rescue squad have been developed, together with the Administration of the Emergency Service. For the purpose of sheep breeding development in the region, it is planned to use the Vesnarka valley (on the way to the scientific centre) to conduct the study seminars for the local population. In general, the common scientific and educational activities with the Carpathian National Park will allow to improve the ecological situation in the Carpathians.