Territorial and land-use planning will take into account biodiversity conservation
20 August 2015

The Ministry of Environment, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is launching a project meant to support biodiversity conservation, by mainstreaming these aspects into Moldova’s territorial and land-use planning policies. With a budget of almost 1 million USD provided by the Global Environment Facility, the Project will last for four years: 2015-2019.

The relevant national legislation will include aspects conducive to biodiversity conservation with the purpose to protect the endangered and rare species of plants and animals, as well as their habitats, as part of the territorial and land-use planning process. The project will support development of 4 urban plans and 2 territorial development plans in Soroca and Stefan Voda rayons.

The biodiversity mainstreaming project is in line with the Convention on Biological Diversity signed by the Republic of Moldova, explains the Deputy Minister of Environment, Mr. Victor Morgoci. Hence, all signatory parties shall undertake measures to reduce the loss of biodiversity, and of the forests inclusively, as well as degradation and fragmentation of habitats. “The project launched today will contribute significantly to achieving these goals, by setting up ecological corridors and sustainable planning of land use in two rayons of the country, with the potential to replicate the respective interventions throughout the country”, states the Deputy Minister.

The UNDP Moldova Resident Representative a.i, Narine Sahakyan, tells that: “The economic potential of biodiversity is not valued appropriately, and many times the decisions to allocate certain land plots for a specific destination do not take into account the flora and fauna in the respective area. Hence, this project will try to economically value the biodiversity in the pilot rayons, thus contributing to raising awareness about the environmental benefits and territorial planning optimization”.

As a result, about 170,000 persons from Soroca and Stefan Voda rayons will benefit from biodiversity-friendly urban and territorial development plans: “This goal will materialize in stabilized pastures, land and forest ecosystems estimated in thousands hectares, more friendly habitats for Red List species and enhanced biological resource base for almost 6,500 socially-vulnerable families from Soroca and Stefan Voda rayons”, said UNDP representative Narine Sahakyan.

In the biodiversity area, UNDP Moldova contributed in 2013 to the establishment of the National Park Orhei. UNDP provided assistance to assess and map protected areas as an example of biodiversity conservation and subsequently a national strategy was developed in the respective sector. Currently, pilot projects for biodiversity conservation and degraded land improvements are being implemented within the National Park Orhei. This shall contribute to adaptation of ecosystems to climate change.

It should be noted that biodiversity loss is at high speed in the Republic of Moldova. The 2015 edition of the Red Book includes about 200 new rare and endangered species of animals and plants, including 25 new species of birds. In total, the list includes 427 species, of which 219 are species of animals.

For any additional information, please contact Alexandru Rotaru, Project Manager, UNDP Moldova, tel.: +373 22 843101, +373 69162798, alexandru.rotaru@undp.org

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