Olya Melen doesn't think small. In her first-ever court case, the young Ukrainian attorney challenged a massive canal project proposed for the Danube Delta, an internationally recognized wetland on the edge of the Black Sea. Melen, a lawyer for the public-interest group Environment-People-Law, argued that the canal would disrupt the area's rural communities and diverse wildlife, violating national laws and international agreements. Olya Melen. Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize. The court agreed with Melen, ruling in 2004 that the Ukrainian government's environmental analysis was inadequate. But government officials pressed ahead with construction, continuing to dredge and shore up sections of the …
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