the population of Vilkovo. They have kept alive many of their religious
traditions, which explains for the fairly large number of well-kept
churches with beautiful ancient icons covering their interiors. During
the two and a half centuries of its existence, numerous nations, empires
and regimes, such as Turkey, Russia, Romania, USSR, Germany and Ukraine
ruled Vilkovo. The Danube Biosphere Reservation was established as the
fourth UNESCO biosphere reservation in Ukraine. The reservation evolved
from the former Dunaisky Plavni Nature Reservation and was linked with
the already existing Romanian Danube Man and the Biosphere Reservation.
The Danube Biosphere Reservation is one of the four biosphere
reservations in Ukraine, being the only one of its kind in Odessa
Region. Its area is 46,400 hectars. Up 20,000 foreign tourists visit
Ukrainian sector of the Danube Delta.
Hunting and fishing
In the surroundings of Odessa one can find plenty of wetland areas,
which are used for recreation activities by the Odessa dwellers, such as
fishing, boating and hunting. Most of the activities take place in a
rather disorganized manner, as not many facilities are available.
Hunting and fishing are already popular recreation activities for local
residents. Special hunting areas have been designated in Odessa Region.
Hunting trips could be interesting fornewesterners as hunting grounds in
the west are scarce and hunting is becoming more and more restricted.
Recreational fishing in the wetlands around Odessa is already a popular
activity for the city residents.
The industry of Odessa Region has always been an important element of
Ukrainian national economy and Southern economic Region. There are
enterprises of oil refinery, machine building, machine repair mounting,
metallurgy and metalworking, chemical, food, light industry and other
A special place is occupied by the machine-building complex, which
comprises about 110 industrial enterprises, 10 of them are included into
the list of enterprises of strategic importance (joint stock companies
"Odeskabel", producing blacksmith and press machines "Pressmash", plant
of precision tool-machines "Micron" and others). A lot of machine
building enterprises in the region have unique technologies.
JSC "Odeskabel" cooperates with the representatives of Japanese
telecommunication company "Fudjekura I Kanematsu Corp."
JSC "Odmez" produces equipment for dairy, canning and wine-making
industry. The equipment for flour-grinding, bakery and dairy industry is
the basic production of "Prodmash" plant. JSC "Odessilmash" supplies the
farmers with modern agricultural machinery.
Road-building machinery construction is represented by JSC
"Building-processing machines' plant (pneumatic-equipment for cables
laying, oil and gas pipe lines, pneumatic parquet polishing machines).
Production of automobile transport components, chassis for automobiles,
trailers and long vehicles is represented by JSC "Automobile assembly
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