Republic of Moldova

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Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 2 - Activity fully underway 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 1 - Just started, limited progress 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 2 - Activity fully underway 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
Progress in marine protected areas 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2020

Strengthening the governance structures at the national level
2012 - 2013 $470,000
2012 $20,000 3.1) Reorganise the Natural Resources and Biodiversity Division in the Ministry of Environment to include a Protected Areas Unit
2013 $20,000 3.2) Amend the role of the State Ecological Inspectorate with respect to protected areas
2011 $20,000 3.3) Clarify and strengthen the role of the National Scientific Authority
2012 $50,000 3.4) Establish a unit in Moldsilva responsible for Protected Areas (under the Forest Fund Department)
2013 $50,000 3.5) Establish responsibilities for management of protected areas at the level of the forest enterprise
2013 $250,000 3.6) Update and reorganise protected areas with their own administrations within Moldsilva
2013 $20,000 3.7) Reconvene the national Man and Biosphere Committee
2013 $40,000 3.8) Finalise and approve the Law on Landscapes and establish the State National Committee on Landscapes
Developing of PAs network by creating national parks following the European example.
2012 - 2015 $1,710,000
2014 $800,000 4.1) Creating two National Parks -„Orhei” and „Lower Dniester”
2015 $500,000 4.2) Creating of Biosfere Reserve“Prutul de Jos”.
2016 $400,000 4.3) Strengthen capacity of Local Public Administrations for PA Management
2013 $10,000 4.4) Legally define processes for ‘contracting out’ management of decentralised protected areas
Implementing a sustainable financing and resourcing mechanism for PA system in Republic of Moldova
2012 - 2015 $840,000
2013 $20,000 5.1) Prepare norms and standards for resourcing each category of protected area
2013 $20,000 5.3) Prepare a detailed strategy and plan for long term financing of the protected areas system and for individual protected areas
2018 $800,000 5.4) Implementing of the strategy and plan for long term financing of the protected areas system (incl. Increasing of Ecological Funds contribution, other mechanisms )
Building individual capacity for management and administration of protected areas
2012 - 2020 $250,000
2020 $250,000 6.1) Build capacity of staff in charge of managing the protected area system and individual protected areas (trainings, exchange visits etc.)
Building public awareness and support for protected areas and public participation in management
2012 - 2020 $380,000
2014 $50,000 7.1) Enhance the role of Non-Governmental Organisations and civil society in Protected Areas.
2014 $50,000 7.2) Establish stakeholder consultative committees for all major protected areas
2013 $30,000 7.3) Establish and maintain a public access website and information portal about protected Areas in Moldova
2020 $250,000 7.4) Increase public awareness about the importance of protected areas and biodiversity conservation.
Establishment of a rational representative and comprehensive system of protected areas
2012 - 2014 $930,000
2012 $30,000 1.1) Simplify the categories of protected area and Prepare norms and standards for each protected area category.
2013 $120,000 1.2) Prepare standard descriptions and maps for each protected area in the system
2013 $30,000 1.3) Establish a detailed cadastre and GIS archive of protected areas
2012 - 2020 $200,000 1.4) Draft a strategy for strengthening and expanding the Protected Area System of Moldova and incorporate it into the new national Biodiversity strategy and action plan
2012 $50,000 1.5) Amend relevant laws and regulations to incorporate modern governance in the framework of Moldova’s PAS (ongoing)
2014 $500,000 1.6) Extension ofPA system with representative areas of under-represented vegetation (ongoing)
Establishing effective and efficient and consistent management of individual protected areas
2012 - 2016 $340,000
2016 $200,000 2.1) Assist administering authorities to prepare management plans for all protected areas (including budgets and financial plans) to standard formats
2014 $60,000 2.2) Introduce a standard format and system for protected area monitoring and reporting
2013 $80,000 2.3) Develop and disseminate operational guidelines for sustainable protected area management.

GEF Projects

Moldova is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 12 countries : Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Danube/Black Sea Strategic Partnership - Nutrient Reduction Investment Fund: Tranche 2 International Waters 2002-05-17 Council Approved 1,750,000 USD 74,800,000 USD
Strategic Partnership for Nutrient Reduction in the Danube River and Black Sea - World Bank-GEF Nutrient Reduction Investment Fund: Tranche 3 International Waters 2003-05-16 Council Approved 2,918,000 USD 222,182,000 USD
Danube/Black Sea Basin Strategic Partnership on Nutrient Reduction, Tranche I International Waters 2001-05-11 Council Approved 0 USD 29,555,000 USD
Capacity Building on Obsolete Pesticides in EECCA Countries POPs 2008-08-04 2011-09-30 Under Implementation 1,000,000 USD 1,396,550 USD
Danube River Basin Environmental Management International Waters 1991-05-01 1996-03-01 Project Closure 8,500,000 USD 35,000,000 USD
Agriculture Competitiveness Land Degradation 2011-11-09 CEO Endorsed 4,435,500 USD 21,000,000 USD
POPs Management and Destruction Project POPs 2005-09-13 2010-12-31 Project Completion 7,900,000 USD 7,400,000 USD
National Self-Assessment of Capacity Building Needs (NCSA) Multi Focal Area 2003-01-13 IA Approved 200,000 USD 25,000 USD
Biodiversity Conservation in the Lower Dniester Delta Ecosystem Biodiversity 2002-03-07 2005-04-30 Project Closure 1,000,000 USD 1,040,550 USD
Climate Change Enabling Activity (Additional Financing for Capacity Building in Priority Areas) Climate Change 2001-01-12 CEO Approved 99,500 USD 0
Biodiversity Strategy, Action Plan, and National Report Biodiversity 1998-03-12 2001-04-30 Project Closure 125,000 USD 0
UNIDO MSP 2008-12-19 1,000,000 USD 2,040,000 USD
Environmental Infrastructure Project - under Strategic Partnership Investment Fund for Nutrient Reduction in the Danube River Basin and the Black Sea International Waters 2003-05-16 Cancelled 4,562,000 USD 5,338,000 USD
Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin-Phase I Project Short Title:Danube Regional Project Phase 1 International Waters 2001-05-09 IA Approved 5,350,000 USD 6,600,000 USD
Support to GEF Eligible Parties for Alignment of National Action Programs and Reporting Process under UNCCD Land Degradation 2012-06-07 CEO Endorsed 2,830,000 USD 2,750,000 USD
Promoting Replication of Good Practices for Nutrient Reduction and Joint Collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe International Waters 2008-08-05 2010-12-31 Project Completion 999,816 USD 1,399,846 USD
Strengthening the Implementation Capacities for Nutrient Reduction and Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin (Tranche 2) International Waters 2003-05-16 2007-08-31 Project Completion 12,000,000 USD 12,878,000 USD
Developing the Danube River Basin Pollution Reduction Programme International Waters 1996-10-01 1998-09-01 Project Closure 4,190,000 USD 3,600,000 USD
Strengthening Environmental Fiscal Reform for National and Global Environment Management Multi Focal Area 2010-04-27 CEO Approved 500,000 USD 475,000 USD
National Biodiversity Planning to Support the Implementation of the CBD 2011-2020 Strategic Plan in Moldova Biodiversity 2011-11-14 CEO Approved 220,000 USD 194,400 USD
Climate Resilience Through Conservation Agriculture Climate Change 2011-11-10 PPG Approved 4,370,000 USD 13,800,000 USD
Support to the Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework Biodiversity 2006-04-21 2010-07-01 Project Completion 542,350 USD 147,000 USD
Renewable Energy from Agricultural Wastes Climate Change 2005-06-15 2008-05-31 Project Closure 997,920 USD 1,654,338 USD
Enabling activities related to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Republic of Moldova POPs 2002-04-25 2004-07-18 Project Closure 411,500 USD 25,000 USD
Agricultural Pollution Control Project - under WB-GEF Strategic Partnership for Nutrient Reduction in the Danube River and Black Sea International Waters 2001-05-11 2009-12-31 Project Completion 5,250,000 USD 5,690,000 USD
Assessment of Capacity Building Needs and Country Specific Priorities in Biodiversity Biodiversity 2000-11-30 2003-12-31 Project Closure 300,000 USD 40,000 USD
Enabling Moldova to Prepare its First National Communication in Response to its Commitments to UNFCCC Climate Change 1997-08-15 IA Approved 325,000 USD 0

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme