“Biodiversity Conservation in the Middle Prut River”
By implementing the project, the Enviromental Movement of Moldova aims to bring on the Moldovan authorities’ agenda the enlargement of the wetlands linked to the Prut river basin. This project seeks to demonstrate the extent to which wetlands ecosystems can become:
- The most efficient method to mitigate natural disasters such as floods and droughts, turning into “strategic freshwater deposits”, which feeds the hydrographic network in the region in times of insufficient rainfall,
- Places which can create opportunities for local communities in providing nature products and services (water, fish, timber, etc.).
The area of project implementation includes many ecosystems, separated from one another, that create an unique wetland area which occupies an area of 326 hectares:
- Relict lake “La Font”
- Old river beds of Prut and Camenca: Potcoava, Chilia, Căbunăria, Kilometer 1005, Balta Ursului, Țiganca, Țara Bâtlanilor.
The areas ment to become wetland is part of th Natural Wildlife Reservation “Pădurea Domnească” founded in July 1993 on a surface of 6032 ha. This place is home to the most impressive natural ecosystem of the river Prut middle sector.
As result, the project can create the largest wetland in the Middle Prut River Basin, which would retain a large amount of water and become a natural incubator for biodiversity.
To achieve the expected results, there is a need of cooperation with relevant governamental institutions, the Central Environmental Authority, local public authorities, business operators, people, etc in order to extend the Prut river basin wetlands by:
- Establishing a register of all protected areas in the Prut river basin, including existing wetlands which are not taken under state protection,
- Submitting a memorandum (the Ecological Movement of Moldova) to the governments of Romania and Moldova to organize a common system of protected areas and wetlands basin Prut
The project “Biodiversity Conservation in the Middle Prut” is part of the Country Programme for Government 2011-2014, and meets the policies, strategies and plans of the Ministry of Environment regarding biodiversity conservation (he National Strategy on Wetlands) and coincides with the mission and PGM priorities of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on improving the economic, social and environmental program area, especially in the Prut river basin.
Wetland discussions (min 39:45 – 42:30):
Wetland discussions (min 14:55 – 17:12):
Discussions on wetlands from Glodeni region: Realities and Perspectives
Ecological Expedition “Biological Diversity in the Middle Prut Valley”: Eco Monitor (25.09.2015)
Teaching materials and logistics: