Building the future of the Lower Dniester river

06 June 2012 | Article

BIOTICA Ecological Society and local partners implemented the project “Common building of the future for the internationally recognized integral zone of the Lower Dniester and upstream” in 2009-2011. The overall objective of the project was to contribute to improving the cooperation between stakeholders of both river banks in the Lower Dniester, an area of international importance, via capacity building, common conservation planning and practical strengthening of the partnership for a healthy environment in the cross-boundary region.

The project provided an opportunity to study and assess the Transdniestrian sector of the Pan-European Ecological Network contributing to IUCN and BIOTICA’s project on the National Ecological Network of Moldova. It resulted in the management plan of the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site, based on multi-scale studies, development of detailed zoning system, and consultations with stakeholders. Among the activities were: developing plans for a series of tourist routes, economic assessments of tours and services, and a series of information trips for tourist businesses and local actors. 

Training on international ecological legislation, national legislation and programmatic decisions, on biodiversity evaluation and ecological network planning was done in Chisinau. A regional coordination seminar was also held where the Tourism Coordinating Group was created. Various themes, such as understanding of tourism industry possibilities and the importance of cooperation for a successful development of tourism activities regardless of ethnic, religious and political belonging were also discussed.

Currently, BIOTICA Ecological Society and its international partners (including IUCN) are seeking support for a project that would help the Government of Moldova in creating the Lower Dniester National Park as it was planned earlier and re-affirmed in the national program establishing the National Ecological Network (2011).

The project was implemented within the program “Support to Confidence Building Measures” financed by the European Union and implemented by UNDP. 

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