Moldovan environment lacks protection and citizens power to defend it, new report reveals

Moldovan environment lacks protection and citizens power to defend it, new report reveals

Moldovans do not have sufficient access to environmental information and their right to participate in decision making is often restricted. The responsibilities of the state...

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Demonstration at the occasion of the World Rivers Day

Demonstration at the occasion of the World Rivers Day

“The Dniester River is not only water, but also ecosystems & its services!” said one of the banners on demonstration in front of Moldovan parliament on September 30th at 3.30 pm....

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The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environmental democracy principles

The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environment...

A substantial number of countries are failing to adhere to the agreed provisions of the International Aarhus Convention on environmental democracy (1). While the post-Soviet and...

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Moldova

Moldova is one of the most vulnerable countries in Europe in terms of the effects of climate change. Rural areas are increasingly affected by extreme droughts and floods. Due to intensive agriculture and logging, people have cut down most of the trees in the past - forests now cover only a tenth of the territory - which worsens the water regime of the landscape. At the same time, almost sixty percent of the population lives in the countryside and agriculture is a vital source of livelihood for them. The country's development is largely paralyzed by the frozen conflict that has led to the unrecognized Transnistrian Republic on the left bank of the river.

We have published a handbook with practical tips, we support active people and local communities from the rural areas who care about the revitalization of rivers and landscapes - for example, when planting trees. We also focus on the presence of pollution in the rivers, which leads to massive fish deaths every year, and we work to clarify the causes and find the culprits.

moldovaWe strive for progressive changes in the ossified legislation, in which laws from the times of the Soviet Union still survive. For example, we have succeeded in extending the ban on imports of synthetic fishing nets used by poachers. We promote better public access to environmental information and participation in decision-making processes.

Information in Russian can be found at https://arnika.org/ru/moldova 

Our work is supported by the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

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