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

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 )
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
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.
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.
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.)
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)

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