Forming the National Ecological Network – contribution at the local and national levels.
Development of the National Ecological Network (NEN) is one of the main ways of biological diversity conservation in the conditions of a highly transformed landscape of Moldova, the extreme fragmentation of natural and semi-natural ecosystems, and at the same time with 'islands' of floral and faunal richness. Therefore, physical formation of the National Ecological Network is a task of the entire country and requires the involvement of local communities.
Project goal - Strengthening the national and local capacities in forming the National Ecological Network of Moldova, and the involvement of local communities in protected areas management.
The project will be implemented by BIOTICA Ecological Society in collaboration with local NGO Renasterea and public authorities of Talmaza, Cioburciu and Popeasca villages (Stefan-Voda district).
Implementation area is the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site that possesses the highest biodiversity among protected areas of the country.
The project will finalize the development of major methodological tools for the NEN planning and create opportunities for local communities to build in nature the local sectors of ecological network for integrity of ecological corridors in the Ramsar Site and to support generation of alternative incomes. The project will designate also habitats of European importance, increase local capacity of environmental management and raise awareness.
As result of the project, the Guidance on assessment of the NEN core areas and the core areas of the NEN local sectors will be developed and submitted to the Ministry of Environment. Three forest nurseries with local species will be created for local communities in the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site to be used for improving the NEN integrity at the local level. About 15 ha of water protective forest corridors will be reconstructed along the Dniester at the expense of co-financing influencing positively the biodiversity on more than 60 thousand hectares of the Ramsar Site. Zoning of the Ramsar Site will be improved and about 1200 ha of habitats of the European importance designated.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
AO Societatea Ecologica BIOTICA
Country:
Moldova
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Operational Phase:
Phase 5
Grant Amount:
US$ 48,850.25
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 47,589.04
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 14,693.40
Project Number:
MDA/SGP/OP5/Y2/CORE/BD/13/02
Start Date:
9/2013
End Date:
8/2014
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
A objective of the project is the creation of forest plantation near the villages in the Ramsar area and 3 forest nurseries that will be used for extension of these plantations, that will be in public use. This will ensure sustainable livelihoods for local communities.
Notable Community Participation
Community is involved since the writing of the project proposal and will continue to be in the process of realizing the project. Mayors agreed to be involved in the decision-making process related to the construction of forest nurseries. Also, local councils decided to sustain the development of this project.
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Indicators
Biophysical
Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 1200
Biophysical
Number of local policies informed in biodiversity focal area 1
Livehood
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 11000