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Project "Improving the management of water resources and ecosystem protection in Ramsar Site" Lower Dniester " supported by ADC

In November 2014 BIOTICA has finished the implementation of the project "Improving the management of water resources and ecosystem protection in Ramsar Site" Lower Dniester " supported by ADC. The project objective was to contribute to water management mitigating environmental risks in favour of using an ecosystem services approach and sustainable development.

Project expected results:

Expected Result 1. The water management regulation facility is established to support water-boundary ecosystems in Talmaza Wetland Core Area of International Importance - the pilot site in Moldova for action in favour of local mitigation management.
Expected Result 2. The first regulated spawning place in Moldova is substantiated and planned on Turunciuc Island; that allows to be prepared for building of regulating water lock.
Expected Result 3. Water-protective integrity and functional capacity of riverside bands of the Dniester River in the limits of Ramsar Site are increased and local population is informed on importance of protection of water and nature heritage.
Expected Result 4. NATURA 2000 site(s) is recognised in Transdniestrian part of the Ramsar Site; primary awareness on EU environmental legislation and Helsinki Convention is raised and recommendations on protective regime for the identified site(s) are developed.
Expected Result 5. Awareness of stakeholders from the right bank of the Dniester River on water and water-linked legislation is raised and multiplication of project results is promoted.
- Expected Result 6. Potable water supply is sufficiently improved for people of Talmaza Village in support of local efforts and awareness on the need of water treatment system development is raised.

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Project “ Development of the National Ecological Network of Moldova as part of the Pan-European Ecological Network, with emphasis on transboundary cooperation

BIOTICA ES in cooperation with IUCN Regional Office for Europe started the implementation of “Development of the National Ecological Network of Moldova as part of the Pan-European Ecological Network, with emphasis on transboundary cooperation” project with the financial support of Norway Government.

The long term goal of the Project is biological and landscape diversity conservation in Moldova through creation of the National Ecological Network integrating biological and landscape diversity concerns into the economic sectors and embedding in the framework of Pan-European Ecological Network.


This project is a part of the “Support to Confidence Building Measures” project financed by European Union and implemented by UNDP. Overall objective: contribute to improvement of the confidence between stakeholders of the both river banks in the Lower Dniester area of the international importance via capacity building, common conservational planning and practical strengthening of the partnership for healthy environment in cross-boundary region. Project results include making the Management Plan for the entire Lower Dniester Ramsar Site, as well as two-banks tourist products, and finalizing an important stage of biodiversity conservation planning in Transdniesteria – for relevant sector of the Pan-European Ecological Network.

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Agri-environment measures for conservation in the wider Europe

IUCN Regional Office for Europe in cooperation with BIOTICA Ecological Society and National Ecological Centre of the Ukraine is implementing the project “Agri-environment measures for conservation in the wider Europe” with the generous support of the Norway Government.
The goal of this project is to contribute to a sustainable agriculture in Ukraine and Moldova, for the benefit of rural populations, and for landscape and biological diversity.

The objectives of the project are as follows:

  • To inform and transfer knowledge about the methods of diversifying agricultural production and income;
  • To inform about innovative agricultural production methods, including Agri-Environmental Programmes and organic farming;
  • To transfer experiences from different EU Member States to the representatives of rural communities in selected countries;
  • To present production methods for “less favoured areas” and areas with high natural value and develop corresponding training programmes.

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Snakes conservation and steppe habitat restoration in the Lower Dniester National Park in Moldova

The project is supported by the Frankfurt Zoological Society, Germany.

Most valuable habitats with primarily and valuable secondary steppe plant communities are conserved in larger areas of hyrnets – southern forest-steppe complex of curtains of semiarid Pubescent Oak alternating with steppe glades, and with sufficient representation of the steppe plants under canopy; rarely steppes remain on steep open slopes. They support 9 endangered and critically endangered species of Moldova’s. Unluckily hyrnets are substituted by locust-tree more than for one half of the total area and transformed due to activities of forestry while main part of steppe under pastures is degrading owing to overgrazing. Populations of snakes of European concern are stable as in Coronilla аustriaca and Coluber caspius or increase as in Elaphe longissima while main in Moldova population of Elaphe quatuorlineata is threatened; distribution of runners is patchy. Six properly steppe and nine other threatened insect species inhabit steppe biotopes. As the result of project three steppe seed-nurseries were created in collaboration with local authorities and schools to make basis for steppe restoration and pastures improvement; management plan and popular brochure are prepared as a basis to improve situation.

Development of instructive materials on ecological network creation

The project is supported by the National Ecologic Network. As a result the draft of the instructions was developed. The text of instructions can be found here in Romanian and Russian.

Biodiversity Conservation in the Lower Dniester Delta Ecosystem

The project supported by GEF was implemented under supervision of the World Bank from 2002 till 2005.

Its main objective was the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity of global importance of the Moldavian part of the Lower Dniester delta ecosystem by creation of the first national park in this area, which would become a part of the biosphere reserve in the future created together with the Ukrainian protected area. Moreover, the project will contribute to the reduction of the Dniester’s pollution which has a transboundary status in the Black Sea basin.

Project had four components: Establishment of Moldova Lower Dniester National Park, Biodiversity Activities in the Buffer Zone, International Cooperation and Project Management and Commitment Building.

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Elaboration of the ecological network of Moldova

The project was realized in 2000-2001 with the support of the National Environmental Fund of the Republic of Moldova. The concept of the creation of the National Ecological Network of Moldova was elaborated and the map of the network was executed, indicating the distribution of core areas, buffer zones and biological corridors of international and national importance, as well as the most important local corridors on the territory of the country.

The concept, in case of its using, assures the integration of the country in the process of creation of the Pan European ecological network and the harmonization of the econetwork’s creation in the country, taking into consideration its real natural and social conditions. In its turn, the map of ecological network is an informative and analytic instrument of its creation, and indicates the directions of the necessary activities, including those regarding the management of valuable natural areas.

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Elaboration of the project proposal «Management of water quality and biodiversity conservation in Lower Dniester»

The project “Management of water quality and biodiversity conservation in Lower Dniester” was implemented in the period of May 1999 – May 2000 supported by the Global Ecological Facility (GEF) and supervised by the World Bank with the purpose to prepare project proposal, including the creation in the zone of a new national park which may become a part of the transboundary Moldavian-Ukrainian protected area. Within its framework the preliminary project of ecological network of the Lower Dniester was prepared.

Elaboration of the Concept on the ecological restoration of the Dniester River

The concept of the ecological restoration of the Dniester River was elaborated within the framework of the project «Ecological restoration of the Dniester River» supported by John & Catherine MacArthur Foundation (USA). The goals of the project were the creation of the necessary scientific, technical and social conditions for the protection of the water and wetlands ecosystems of Lower and Middle Dniester, as well as the elaboration of the basis for the establishment of strict protected areas.

In 1998-1999 biological investigations of water ecosystems of Dniester River and its adjacent natural territories were conducted; two international scientific practical conferences were organised and a book concerning the ecological problems of the Middle Dniester was published. The materials of the researches collected thanks to the MacArthur Foundation were very useful in the elaboration of the concept of the creation of new protected areas in the Lower Dniester region realized within the framework of GEF project.

Expedition «Middle Dniester-98»

Expedition «Middle Dniester-98» was organized in the period from July till August, 1998 within the framework of the project with the same name, supported by ISAR Inc in Kyiv. Its main goals were the study of the ecological situation, created on the Middle Dniester as a result of the construction of a hydro-power station and the lack of the coordination between the environment authorities of Moldova and Ukraine, and public dissemination of the results. During the expedition observation on hydrochemical and hydrobiological parameters of the Dniester River, using classic research methods was conducted; the servance of the protective regime of the water protective zones was evaluated and the pictures were taken. After the expedition the book «Environmental Problems of the Middle Dniester» was published and recommendations on the improvement of the situation were elaborated and presented to the authorities.

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