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

 


 

Project "Improving the management of water resources and ecosystem protection in Ramsar Site" Lower Dniester " implemented by BIOTICA Ecological Society and funded by the Austrian Development Agency.

In the period December 2012-November 2014 BIOTICA Ecological Society implemented of the project “Improving water management and protection of water-related ecosystems in the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site” funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with funds of Austrian Development Cooperation. The project is planned for the period till November 2014 and will be implemented in partnership with NGO Rodoliubets, NGO Ecospectrum, NGO Renasterea. Project area is Lower Dniester Ramsar Site, which is facing serious socio-economic problems in the poorest European country.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to water management mitigating environmental risks in favour of using an ecosystem services approach and sustainable development.

The project expected results:
Expected Result 1. The water management regulation facility will be established to support water-boundary ecosystems in Talmaza Wetland Core Area of International Importance by building a water lock and training the responsible persons for it- the pilot site in Moldova for action in favour of local mitigation management.
Expected Result 2. The first regulated spawning place in Moldova will be substantiated and planned on Turunciuc Island; that will allow 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 will be increased by conducting forest planting based on technological charts where it is necessary and local population will be informed on importance of protection of water and nature heritage.
Expected Result 4. NATURA 2000 site(s) will be recognised in Transdniestrian part of the Ramsar Site; primary awareness on EU environmental legislation and Helsinki Convention will be raised and recommendations on protective regime for the identified site(s) will be developed.
Expected Result 5. Awareness of stakeholders from the right bank of the Dniester River on water and water-linked legislation will be raised via organised seminars and a handbook on environmental legislation and multiplication of project results will be promoted via a national seminar.
Expected Result 6. Potable water supply will be sufficiently improved for people of Talmaza Village by building a new water reservoir and extending pipeline in support of local efforts and awareness on the need of water treatment system development will be raised.

Description of the activities done in the frame of the project.

Establishment of the water management regulation facility was done (Result 1). The selected company conducted the necessary researches and delivered engineering design project. All formal permissions and approvals for projecting and construction were obtained. Constructing entity was selected. The water lock and linked works were done. Regulation (instruction in Romanian and Russian) on the water lock management was drafted and delivered to the Ministry of Environment, which co-agreed it. Acceptance statement was done.


Feasibility study on the first regulated spawning place (Result 2) was finished and confirmed possibility to create it in the Turunciuc region. Location of the spawning place and major parameters of management were determined. Entity for engineering design project was selected. The entity  has obtained suitable in Transdniestria permissions and conclusions, conducted geodesic studies and the engineering project. All permissions for construction of the spawning place are delivered by Transdniestrian authorities. Regulation on the spawning place was drafted and co-agreed with central environmental body of Transdniestria; the regulation is approved by Scientific-technical Council under this body.

Protective integrity and functional capacity of riverside bands was increased (Result 3). The field studies, the plan of forest reconstruction and planting and technological charts were prepared for Talmaza Wetland and riverside bands of the both banks. Total planting area is 35 ha. Entities for civil works were selected and contracted. Planting was done on the both banks of Dniester during 2013-2014.

Recognition of theNATURA 2000 site(s) in Transdniestrian part of the Ramsar Site (Result 4) was done. Materials for training on NATURA 2000 methodology were prepared and Transdniestrian specialists trained (workshop in Tiraspol, 15 February 2013, 17 participants). Two of four probable sites were recognized as important and studied in details; workshop for stakeholders (Tiraspol, 29 October 2013) held and participants (38 persons) supported creation of protected areas here. Scientific motivation for official designation of protected areas was prepared being based on NATURA 2000 methodology and other considerations (Diculi and Korotnoe). The motivation was approved by the the Scientific-Technical Council of the central environmental body of Transdniestria; creation of the protected areas is co-agreed with local authorities, discussed and supported by stakeholders during the second seminar in Transdniestria (held in Tiraspol, 09 October 2014, 39 participants).

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Awareness of stakeholders from the right bank of the Dniester River on water and water-linked legislation was raised (Result 5). Two seminars in Stefan-Voda were organised (22 March 2013 and 29 March 2014). Both seminars gathered 51 participants each (representatives of the district and communities‘ authorities, district specialists in relevant issues, representatives of civil society and business). The handbook on water and other environmental and linked legislation in Romanian and Russian for stakeholders has been edited and distribution among stakeholders started during the second seminar. The popular booklet “Lower Dniester: values and threats” in Romanian and Russian was edited and distributed. 


Improving the potable water supply system sector in Talmaza village (Result 6) was done. All necessary permissions were received from the state services by local partners. Technical engineering project of the water reservoir and pipeline sector was drafted and updated (contribution of Water Users Association and local administration). Civil works started on 3th of April 2014 after cold period. Construction of new water reservoir and doubled pipeline between the new water reservoir and artesian water well were done with all arrangements and installation of equipment, fences and autonomous light systems. Seminar in Talmaza Village (03.06.2014, 49 participants) proposed recommendations to Water User Association and Local public authorities.

 

National seminar was held on 21 November 2014 at the Ministry of Environment (50 representatives of the Ministry including Environmental Inspectorate, local authorities, third parties of the project, academia and NGOs from the both Dniester River banks and other institutions, mass-media).

Thus, all planned project results were achieved and the project was finished in time.
Nature-based project developments were reported at the Sub-regional workshop (19-22 May 2014) under UNESCO, which confirmed the necessity to create biosphere reserve in the Lower Dniester; participants visited the project objects. These developments were presented also at five international workshops and conferences; relevant info was included in the Moldova’s National report on the implementation of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (2014) to be submitted to COP-12 in 2015 (Uruguay), and finally, communicated to the Steering Committee of the Pan-European Biodiversity Platform (Moscow, 15 December 2014).


On-going works on water lock creation in the frame of the project"Improving the management of water resources and ecosystem protection in Ramsar Site" Lower Dniester "implemented by BIOTICA Ecological Society and funded by the Austrian Development Agency.

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Afforestation works in the frame of the Project "Improving the management of water resources and ecosystem protection in Ramsar Site" Lower Dniester "implemented by BIOTICA Ecological Society and funded by the Austrian Development Agency.

One of the results to be achieved in the frame of the project „Improving water management and protection of water-related ecosystems in the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site”" implemented by BIOTICA ES is  increased water-protective integrity and functional capacity of riverside bands on the both banks of the Dniester River in the limits of the Ramsar Site. For that, technological charts were developed by experts in the field (they can be found here in Russian).

In October accroding to the time schedule of the project, reconstruction of riverside bands started  on the both banks of the Dniester River in the limits of the Ramsar Site. On the right bank of the Dniester about 23 ha will be afforestated and on the left bank – about 11,3 ha. All work to be carried out and areas where afforestation will be done were coordinated with local authorities and central that possess those lands.

Afforestation work will be conducted in automn of 2013 and spring of 2014 based on technological schemes developed in the frame of the project. Entities that were selected for this work along with tree and shrubs planting are responsable to take care of these stands for 3 years since plantation to assure sustainability of these actions.

As a result of these works the integrity and funcitonal capacity of riverside bands on both banks of the Dniester River will be improved to protect water resources of the Dniester.

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Seminar„European legislation on habitats, flora and fauna protection”

On 29 October 2013 BIOTICA ES and NGO Ecospectr conducted in Tiraspol the seminar „European legislation on habitats, flora and fauna protection”
The following presentations were done during the seminar:

Austrian Development Cooperation: general priorities and ADC program for Moldova, Liliana Josan, BIOTICA SE

Project content and links with regional environmental necessities – Alexei Andreev, Project manager

Participation of Transdniestria in management of water resources of Lower Dniester: realities and possibilities, Ivan Ignatiev, Ecospectrum NGO

Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, links with Habitat and Bird Directives – Alexei Andreev, Project manager

Project findings in Transdniestria: results of the field studies:

Entomological results, Serghei Shesnitsan, project expert;

Zoological and hydrobiological results, Serghei Filipenco, Alexei Tischenkov, project experts;

Scientific-practical substantiation of creation of the regulated fish spawning place on the Turunciuc Island,Tatiana Sharapanovskaia,  project expert.

39 participants took part to the seminar, among which representatives of local authorities of the region, scientific world, NGOs. The participants mentioned that the presentations were interesting and information useful, especially related to the results of field studies and necessity of regulated fish spawning place creation on Turunciuc Island.

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In the frame of the project "Improving the management of water resources and ecosystem protection in Ramsar Site" Lower Dniester "implemented by BIOTICA Ecological Society and funded by the Austrian Development Agency, the construction of a water lock started in October in “Talmaza Wetlands”, as well as additional works based on the technical project elaborated by «ACVAPROIECT» Institute of water systems designing.
Works will include:

  1. creation of the supply channel to the water lock and additional works;
  2. water lock creation and additional necessary work;
  3. clearing adjacent to the water lock fragment of channel to assure reliable functioning of the hydrosystem and to reduce congestions in aquatic ecosystems

Work on water lock creation should be finished in April 2014.

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Regional Seminar: The legal framework for management of water resources and protection of ecosystems associated with water: problems and solutions


Regional Seminar: The legal framework for management of water resources and protection of ecosystems associated with water: problems and solutions

On 22 March 2013 BIOTICA in collaboration with Stefan Voda district council organized the seminar "Legal framework for management of water resources and protection of ecosystems associated with water: problems and solutions". The event was organized in the frame of the project "Improving the management of water resources and ecosystem protection in Ramsar Site " Lower Dniester " implemented byBIOTICA Ecological Society and funded by the Austrian Development Agency.

The event took place in Stefan Voda rayon council and representatives of Stefan Voda and Causeni district councils, mayors, local councilors from these two districts, representatives of deconcentrated services, private sector andNGOs took part in it.
The seminar was opened by Vice-chair of Stefan-Voda district, donor representative and project manager.
During the seminar important issues concerning international and national legislation in the field of water resources were presented. The participants discussed problems with which organizations responsible for forests and water management, ecological organizations, local authorities and population are facing. Discussions were active; many opinions were presented with arguments.
As result, the participants to the seminar have obtained or improved their knowledge related to the environmental legislation that is currently neglected.  During the seminar also some proposals and approaches to acute environmental problems in the area were proposed and once again the need to protect the natural heritage of the region reiterated including by respecting environmental legislation.



Training on methodology of NATURA 2000 and other EU legal tools

On 15 of February 2013 the training on methodology of NATURA 2000 and other EU legal tools was organized in the frame of „Improving water management and protection of water-related ecosystems in the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site” project financed by the Austrian Development Agency.
The workshop was conducted in Tiraspol and was oriented to the specialists in the field, including those who will be involved in the project activities further.
The purpose of the workshop was to inform specialists from the left banks of the Dniester River about
methodology of NATURA 2000 habitats and types of habitats present in the region, assuring  preservation of rare and endangered species and of their natural habitats. During the workshop were discussed legislative issues related to protected areas functioning  and necessity to improve the system of ecological monitoring.
At the workshop participated ADA representative, specialists in the relevant fields from both banks of the Dniester River, NGOs.


 

Improving water management and protection of water-related ecosystems in the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site

On 18th of January the launching ceremony of the project „Improving water management and protection of water-related ecosystems in the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site” took place in “Fazanul Argintiu” Hunting complex, Gradinita village (Stefan Voda district).

The project is financed bythe Austrian DevelopmentAgency and has the objective to contribute to water management mitigating environmental risks in favour of sustainable development. The project will be implemented by BIOTICA Ecological Society in partnership with NGO Renasterea (Talmaza village, Stefan Voda district), NGO Rodoliubets and NGO Ecospectrum (Transdniestria). Period of implementation is December 2012 – November 2014.

As the result of the project potable water supply will be sufficiently improved for people of Talmaza Village in support of local efforts and awareness on the need of water treatment system development will be raised.
In addition, the engineering project and hydro-technical regulation facility of water management will be established to support water-boundary ecosystems in Talmaza Wetland Core Area of International Importance – the pilot site in Moldova for actions in favour of local mitigation management.
The creation of the first regulated spawning place in Moldova on Turunciuc Island will be substantiated and planned in order to be prepared for building of regulating water lock. It is planned to increase water-protective integrity and functional capacity of riverside bands on the both banks of the Dniester River in the limits of the Ramsar Site. For that, technological charts will be prepared and tree and shrub planting done while local population will be informed on importance of protection of water and nature heritage.
In Transdniestrian part of the Ramsar Site researches will be conducted and valuable habitats identified according to the methodology of NATURA 2000, primary awareness on EU environmental legislation and Helsinki Convention will be raised and recommendations on protective regime for the identified sites developed. Awareness of stakeholders from the right bank of the Dniester River will be raised regarding water and water-linked legislation, and multiplication of project results promoted, to be used at a wider scale.



Improving water management and protection of water-related ecosystems in the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site


Seminar on awareness raising in the field of wetlands

The seminar on awareness raising was organized on 7 December 2012 and gathered 53 participants, representative of Ramsar Secretariat, Ministry of Environment, Moldsilva Forest Agency, local ecological inspections, NGOs. The event was opened by Laura Maiz, representative of the Ramsar Convention secretariat and Veronica Josu, deputy head of the department of natural resources and biodiversity, Ministry of Environment. 
The seminar comprises presentations on Wetlands Policy implementation at international level, Ramsar Convention and wetland management in the Republic of Moldova, state,  importance and threats for wetlands management, management of forests and pastures in wetlands, including in the water protective forest strips, as well as of water bodies. Problems of management and institutional aspects and the issues of respecting the legislation regarding wetlands were presented to the seminar participants.
During the seminar some active debates on the problems of wetlands management at local level were done, emphasizing among the problems illegal pasturing, illegal fishing, illegal hunting and wood collecting within forests, as well as unauthorized constructions. Also water pollution in the small rivers is a big problem.
Also participants mentioned that the wetlands of international importance are included in the fund of protected natural areas, but there are no mechanisms of practical implementation on the ground. A great problem on the Middle Dniester was mentioned by local representatives as sand extraction from the riverbed, also illegal construction and illegal felling.
The discussions during the seminar were very fruitful, revealing the problems at local level. The representatives of the Ministry of Environment emphasized that they will take into account all these problems and will try to put on the agenda of the Ministry and step by step to try to solve them.
The importance of wetlands and their management were promoted during the seminar and participants were informed about the issues of their rational using. The problem of the wetlands and some possibilities of wetland management were proposed and thus, making some steps forward in improving wetlands management at local level.



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