Small Grants Fund project successfully concluded in Moldova
"Management Scenario Development for the Unguri – Holosnita Ramsar Site" -- SGF project completed
Moldova's Small Granst Fund Project on “Management Scenario Development for the Unguri–Holosnita Ramsar Site and Awareness Rising on the Ramsar Convention Wise Use Policy” has been successfully concluded earlier this year.
The one-year cycle SGF project, carried out by BIOTICA Ecological Society in close cooperation with the National Focal Point for the Ramsar Convention at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, was successfully concluded a few months ago in Moldova. The project aimed at developing a management plan and implementing the wise use approach in the Unguri-Holosnita Ramsar Site, located on the left bank of the Dniester River in northeastern Moldova near the border with Ukraine.
The project helped to assist local authorities and stakeholders to raise awareness about the outstanding natural and historical heritage values of the site and to promote the implementation of the Ramsar Convention on a broader scale, influencing environment policies at national level.
During the past year, several field studies were carried out with the participation of Moldovan and Ukrainian experts, and three seminars were held with the involvement of local communities, institutions and government representatives to ensure cross-sectoral participation for the development of the management plan for the Ramsar site. Socio-economic studies were conducted together with an assessment of potential eco-tourism trails and the preparation of GIS thematic maps based on natural, fauna and flora, archeological, and land uses values. More information about the project outputs are available (in Russian and Romanian) at: http://www.eco-tiras.org/docs/OTTO_ManPLan.pdf and http://www.rec.md.
BIOTICA also carried out another SGF project supported by the Ramsar Convention in 2001 for the protection of the Lower Dniester River, and the society also contributed significantly to developing the Ramsar Information Sheet for the “Lower Dniester (Nistru de Jos)” and the “Unguri-Holosnita” Ramsar Sites.
-- Monica Zavagli, Assistant Advisor for Europe
“Ramsar Mark”: Marble Sculpture marking the Unguri-Holosnita Ramsar site inaugurated in September 2007
Seminar participants during a traditional meal in the old monastery of Rudi village within the Ramsar site
The Biotica Ecological Society staff with the Ramsar Focal Point Veronica Josu and the Assistant Adviser for Europe Monica Zavagli, seminar, September 2007