Democratization of the Dniester River Basin
16 Demonstration community projects are implemented in this Matra project
In the project ‘Democratization of the of the Dniester River Basin Governance’, local authorities, NGOs and citizen's communities worked together successfully in trans-boundary cooperation between Moldova, Transdniestria and Ukraine towards sustainable management of Dniester River Basin in 2009.
In the frame of this project, 16 demonstration projects on sustainable river basin management are implemented by the communities. Facilitated by the project partners, the communities explored the local problems related to the sustainable river basin management and possible solutions in a multi stakeholder process. Trainings for the communities on relevant topics such as Solid Waste management including recycling and composting, flood prevention, Water Safety Plans, Sustainable Sanitation and nature oriented fish farming were organized by WECF and partners. Based on the acquired knowledge and on local needs, 16 demonstration projects were developed by the communities along the tributaries Cubolta, Bucovati, Kuchurgan and Zolotaja Lipa in Moldova, Transnistria and Ukraine, facilitated by local partner NGOs. The demonstration projects address locally identified and prioritized environmental problems and they demonstrate low cost solutions for sustainable river basin management. For example, some of the communities decided to implement solutions for solid waste management, cleaning up the river banks, re-forestation, developing a legalized waste dump or promoting separation of waste. In Transdnistria, a part of a water supply system was constructed, providing the citizen with safe drinking water. Follow up projects on sustainable sanitation are being developed for several communities.
The process of developing and implementing of the demonstration projects led to one of the most important outcomes of the project, namely the development of partnerships between local communities, local authorities and civil society stakeholders to work together for an environmentally and socially sustainable river basin management for the first time.
Water Day and Dniester Day celebrations, a river festival as well as summer camps were organized NGOs with communities and other stakeholders.
WECF project coordinator Sabine Brueckmann and field officer/project assistant Anna Samwel visited the partners and communities twice in 2009. In spring they conducted trainings and consultations for the local NGOs and communities on the topics of their interest. In autumn the purpose of the visit was monitoring on the implementation of demonstration projects and consultations for the communities.
In 2010 new demonstration projects will be developed in 4 communities and the ongoing projects will be finalized. Follow up projects will be developed. The yearly Dniester conference will take place in Transdniestria.
For more information on this project please see the project website www.dniester.info and the tributary website www.cubolta.info.
The project is financially supported by the MATRA program of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
WECF explains the winning project of the 2013 UN “Water for Life Best Practice Award”
WECF and its partner Ormax were interviewed by WaterCouchTV after the ceremony
01.05.2013 | WECF
WECF-partner from Moldova wins UN “Water for Life Best Practice Award”
The UN has just presented the award to Oleg Rotari and Ormax for their project “Safe Water and sanitation for Everyone in Moldova” in The Hague
22.03.2013 | Chantal van den Bossche
Vorniceni village’s in Moldova project won the 3rd place at the International Awards for Liveable Communities 2011
The activity of the “Terra-1530” NGO, a part of the project “Democratization of Dniester River Basin Governance”, won the 3rd place at the International Awards for Liveable Communities 2011 in Seoul, South Korea.
09.11.2011 | WECF
22 March 2011: World Water Day
International Conference “ The implementation of the human right to water and sanitation in Moldova with a focus on the Protocol on Water and Health”
25.03.2011 | Natalia Dejean
Annual Dniester River Conference held in Tiraspol on 15 and 16 October 2010
Ecospectrum from Tiraspol (Transnistrien/PMR – Moldova) organised this year's Dniester River Conference at the University of Tiraspol in co-operation with WECF and its project partners in “Democratisation of Dniester River Basin Governance” financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Matra Programme
02.11.2010 | Anna Samwel & Anke Stock