Management planning seminar for Moldova Ramsar site

16/10/2007

SGF project seminar in the Unguri-Holosnita Ramsar site in northwest Moldova

In the framework of the Ramsar 2006 Small Grant Fund project "Management Scenario Development for the Unguri-Holosnita New Ramsar Site and Awareness Raising on the Ramsar Convention Wise Use Policy", the second seminar was held the 26th September 2007 in the village of Rudi, part of the Unguri-Holosnita Ramsar site (no1500), a wetland ecosystem which extends northwest where the Dniester River forms the natural borders between Moldova and Ukraine.

The site itself is a sector of the international corridor of the Pan European Ecological Network and includes wide, shallow segments with little islands, small rivers and short creeks feeding the stream and forming steep canyons - in there, more than sixty sites of cultural, geological, paleontological and archeological interest are found.

The main project aim is to develop a management plan for natural/subnatural areas of the site through field studies, zoning, involving stakeholders in the participatory process, combining long-term nature protection interests with wise use and ecotourism development. Part of the project goal is also to initiate a cooperative effort with Ukrainian partners for recognizing and protecting the right Dniester river bank under the Ramsar Convention and to raise public awareness at large scale on wetlands values.

Prior to the seminar, a celebration took place to inaugurate the Three Ramsar Marks placed at the entrance of the most significant villages and routes in terms of tourist attractions. The Marks were commissioned from a local artist who sculpted them in marble. All the participants and the mayors of the Ramsar site villages attended it.

This second seminar, organized by BIOTICA Ecological Society, which is successfully running a Ramsar SGF project for the second time, aimed to inform and share with the public and experts the study done of the assessment of economical benefits from biodiversity, heritage conservation, and the potential ecotourism for the area. About 20 participants, including the Ramsar Focal Point from the Ministry of Environment, Ukrainian specialists from Vinnitsa oblast, Members of Parliament and the Agency of Tourism, the Ramsar Secretariat, national institutions and local stakeholders and District Mayors took part in the event.

The seminar built up lot of interest from all the stakeholders, also strengthening their commitment and willingness in being actively involved in the site management process.

The next step forward will be the National Seminar with representatives of the central governing bodies, where recommendations and a management plan for the Unguri-Holosnita Ramsar site will be discussed and where the brochure "Ramsar Convention: creating opportunities for nature conservation and wise use" will be presented.

-- Monica Zavagli, Ramsar

Marble Ramsar site marker for the Unguri-Holosnita Ramsar site

Ms Elena Iavorskaya, Chief of Department of the Ministry for Environment Protection of Vinnitsa Oblasti, Ukraine

National and local authorities' representatives at the inauguration of the Ramsar site markers

"Coffee break" during the seminar held in Rudi village

BIOTICA group and other participants

Visit to the beautiful monastery in Rudi

(from left) Monica Zavagli (Ramsar Secretariat), Raneta Zinaida (mayor of Rudi), and Liliana Josan (BIOTECA Ecological Society)

Left bank of the Dniester river

(more photos of the Unguri-Holosnita Ramsar site)

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