Adaptation of former observatory on the Pip Ivan mountain to the needs of alpine rescue service training center

A complex infrastructural project aimed at solution of cross-border safety problems in high mountain tourism

Project acronymPIMReC

Project duration: February 23, 2019 – February 22, 2021

Project budget : 1 170 269,82 Euro

Project aim is to build strong cooperation between Polish and Ukrainian institutions by jointly meeting challenge in improving security of the high mountain tourism.

Project objectives are:

  • Reconstruction and structural adaptation of former astronomical and meteorological observatory on the Pip Ivan mountain (Chornohora Mountain Range, Carpathian Mountains) to the needs of high mountain rescue service training center as well as rescue station functioning all the year round (24/7);
  • Development of top-notch joint Polish-Ukrainian trainings for high mountain rescuers with special attention to up-to-date rescue techniques in different weather conditions including case studies;
  • Forming mechanisms for emergency response and ways of interaction with relevant services in case of tourists’ life and health hazards;
  • Creation of electronic services platform as an effective information resource on the one hand for the exchange of experience and training materials between Polish and Ukrainian high mountain rescue teams and on the other hand a tool to inform tourists about preventive measures of being in the high mountain area, safety roots and meteorological forecast.

When the given training center will be established, the conditions for the training staff will be improved significantly, that will allow high mountain rescue team to perform their duties regarding rescue and preservation of human life as efficiently and professionally as possible. Besides, rescue units will be equipped with the latest means of rescue and monitoring, and medical equipment.

The following project will have a great positive impact on the development of joint territorial communities, that are located in mountainous areas regarding improvement of their security in case of emergency. In general the implementation of this project will have double effect, safety conditions will improve for mountain hiking tourism in Ukrainian Carpathians and the attractiveness of the region will increase for tourists, including foreigners, who will visit Ukraine. In general, this project will allow to raise level of safety for about 200 thousand people of local population, as well as for 2,5 million of tourists, who visit Ukrainian Carpathians every year.

Project partners:

Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ukraine)


Mountain Volunteer Search and Rescue Bieszczady Group (Poland)

Department of  State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Ivano-Frankivsk region

University of  Warsaw (Poland)


Project website: https://pimrec.pnu.edu.ua/en

Project coordinator: Igor TSEPENDA, Rector, e-mail: rector@pnu.edu.ua

Project manager and contact person: Ms. Lyubov ZINYUK, Head of the Project Management Department, e-mail: lyubov.zink@gmail.com