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TENDER announced!!!
BIOTICA Ecological Society is announcing  a tender for the selection of an expert team that will conduct external evaluation of the activities done in the frame of the project “Improving water management and protection of water-related ecosystems in the Lower Dniester Ramsar Site” financed by Austrian Development Agency.

The evaluation period is 1 December 2012- 10 September 2014.
The draft report should be submitted not later than 15 of September 2014 and the final report – not later than 30 September 2014.
Terms of References can be found here.
The deadline for receiving the offer (including financial offer) is 15 of August 2014, 16.00.

The offers should be sent to BIOTICA office, N. Dimo str. 17/4, of. 22, Chisinau. Contact person – Liliana Josan. Tel. 022498837.



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.


Sub- regional workshop “Strengthening capacities for a sustainable future in Black-Sea and Caucasus countries: support to an establishment of biosphere reserves (BRs) as model sites for sustainable development and key tools for transboundary cooperation and the co-management of shared ecosystems”

On 19-22 May 2014 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova the sub- regional workshop “Strengthening capacities for a sustainable future in Black-Sea and Caucasus countries: support to an establishment of biosphere reserves (BRs) as model sites for sustainable development and key tools for transboundary cooperation and the co-management of shared ecosystems” took place with the financial support of the UNESCO Venice Office. The event brought together 37 participants, including representatives from Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Romania. Among participants were Members of National MaB Committees, relevant institutions dealing with BR creation and management.
Participants to the workshop spent three days working together to network with one another, build capacity, develop recommendations for effectively promoting the BRs network and the MAB Programme, support current effort to establish BR in the Republic of Moldova, contribute to the acceleration of the progress leading to BRs designation in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Presentations of best practices in BR establishment and management from Russian Federation, Ukraine and Romania were very useful for experience sharing with workshop participants. As Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia recently moved forward in processes leading to the designation of a fist biosphere reserve in the country, it was important to share their experience and problems in this field.
As one of the workshop’s goal was to straighten transboundary cooperation, during the event the experience of Russian Federation, Ukraine, Romania in this field was shared with participants. Presentation of the current situation in BR establishment (incl. opportunities and challenges) in the Republic of Moldova was done.
During the working group activities participants identified the key steps to enhance professional and institutional capacities in countries concerned, to reinforce the capacity of MAB national bodies and BR managers to lead the MAB Programme and share lessons learned in their respective countries. Also they identified the key challenges to establish BR in a country and how to overcome them and what are the key needs in strengthening the cross-sectoral cooperation and sustainable development of territories concerned, as well as transboundary cooperation.
Two field trips to the areas of potential BRs in Moldova were organised – in Lower Dniester region (Stefan Voda district) and Lower Prut region (Cahul district). During them participants to the workshop met local stakeholders and discussed the next steps forward to progress on BR establishment in the Republic of Moldova.
Based on all outputs of the sub-regional some recommendations and follow up strategy were elaborated and approved by the participants. The recommendation includes proposals of reinforcing the capacity of MAB national bodies and BR managers to lead the MAB Programme, proposals to overcome key challenges to establish BR in a country, proposal to strengthen the cross-sectoral cooperation and sustainable development of territories concerned, and to improve transboundary cooperation, and sub-regional/regional cooperation related to BR/TBR processes. Also the recommendation includes proposed steps for Moldova in the field of BR creation and management.

Presentations done during the seminar
“Biosphere reserves as model sites for sustainable development and key tools for transboundary cooperation and the co-management of shared ecosystems” – Marie Prchalova, UNESCO
Overview of a current situation in BR establishment (incl. opportunities and challenges) in the Republic of Moldova and presentation from several perspectives:
from the MAB Committee perspective, Alexei Andreev;
from stakeholders perspective, Artur Nebunu, Cahul NGO,

Experience of creation and management of BR in Russian Federation, Mihail Brynskih, Member of National MaB Russian Federation
Experience of creation of BR in Ukraine, Iacov Diduh, Member of National MaB, Ukraine
Presentation of the BR “Danube Delta”, Romania, Ion Munteanu, Danube Delta BR

Current situation related to the creation of BR in ArmeniaGheorghi Faivush, Member of National MaB Armenia
Current situation related to the creation of BR in AzerbaijanDmitri Panin, UNESCO Azerbaijan
MaB in Georgia: state and perspectivesShukri Djaparidze, Member of National MaB Georgia

Transboundary cooperation and co-management of shared ecosystems, Marie Prchalova, UNESCO
Transboundary cooperation, Russian Federation experience, Valery Neronov, Deputy Chairperson of Russian MAB Committee
Transboundary cooperation in Danube Delta region, Ion Muntean, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve
Wetland restoration projects in the Danube Delta Biosphere, Marian Tudor, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Institute, Romania
Introduction to technical aspects of BR nomination forms and familiarization with guidelines and procedures Valery Neronov, Deputy Chairperson of Russian MAB Committee.


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.



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.

left bank


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.

Alexei AndreevFilipencoA.Rusciuc

S.SesnitanI.Ignatiev


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.





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

In December 2012 BIOTICA started the implementation 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.

Wide publicity of project achievements on the both banks of the Dniester River will be performed for multiplication effect in a wider region. Seven workshops with stakeholders, interventions in mass-media and website information will be undertaken.


 



Last updated - 10.11.2013
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