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Republic of Moldova

Republic of Moldova

The Republic of Moldova became a Party to the Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes on 15 December 2005. As the country faced difficulties in complying with the Protocol’s basic provisions, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UNECE implemented during 2009–2010 a project on “Setting of targets and target dates under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova” (hereinafter 1st UNECE-SDC project). As a result of this project, on 20 October 2010, the Minister of Environment and the Minister of Health signed the Order No. 91/704 on the approval of the list of targets and target dates for the implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health.

In order to assist the Republic of Moldova in implementing the adopted targets and targets dates, the 2nd UNECE-SDC project titled “Implementation of targets and target dates set out in the Order of the Minister of Environment and the Minister of Health of 20 October 2010 to implement the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova” was launched in 2012 and will run until the end of 2015.

The elaboration of a concise Action Plan defining specific activities to be carried out to achieve the targets and target dates, including financial requirements (and the sources of finance) and human resources is the core expected output of the project. There are seven other project outputs, which cover public awareness activities, training of water operators, elaboration of norms and standards for small-scale installations and others.

This work is being carried out in connection with the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management in the Republic of Moldova as well as in close coordination with the National Policy Dialogue on Water Supply and Sanitation led by OECD.

The NPD on WSS also started in 2006. Its first phase (2006–2007) was devoted to developing a National Financing Strategy for Urban and Rural WSS in the Republic of Moldova. This output helped to identify the need to revise the governmental strategy for WSS, taking into account financial aspects. The dialogue process in 2006–2007 was supported by EC/AIDCO and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The second phase of the NPD on WSS (2009–2010) was devoted  to developing a mid-term Action and Investment Plan as a tool to operationalize the implementation of the Financing Strategy and as a realistic mid-term building block of the revised  Government strategy for WSS. In this phase, the dialogue  was supported by EC/AIDCO, Austria and the Czech Republic.

The ongoing third phase of the NPD on WSS (from late 2011) focuses on developing an adaptation strategy for WSS to make it more resilient to climate change, and on sustainable business  models for sanitation in small towns and villages in the Republic of Moldova. The ongoing phase is supported by EC (Directorate General for the Environment and AIDCO) and the OECD/Environmental Action Programme (EAP) Task Force. The NPD on WSS will provide useful inputs to the revised Government strategy for WSS, and to the national adaptation strategy.


Information about the National Policy Dialogue process in 2007-2010

Meetings

The fourth Steering Committee meeting of the project "Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova" (7 November 2014)

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A review of domestic financial support mechanisms for water supply and sanitation in Moldova - presentation of key
findings and preliminary recommendations from the draft Interim report, Suren Poghosyan, project team leader

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Presentation of the draft Action Plan for achieving the targets set and plans for its finalization, Valeriu Goncear and Tamara Guvir, Ministry ofHealth

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Discussion on the need to update the national targets and target dates set under the Protocol on Water and Health in 2010, Mihaly Kadar, UNECE consultant

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Presentation of the draft Strategy to mobilize resources towards the implementation of the Action Plan, Serafima Tronza, Ministry of Environment

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A brief overview of ongoing water projects in Moldova cofinanced by the EU, EIB and EBRD – Marco Beros, EIB; Alex Cosovan, EBRD; and Henno Putnik, EU Delegation to Moldova

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Moldova Flood Management Technical Assistance and Investment Project, Marco Beros, EIB

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Main findings of the SDC/ADA joint study of the water sector institutional framework in Moldova – SDC and ADA
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GIZ support to improving WSS sector governance in Moldova Petru VEVERIȚA, Dietrich HAHN, GIZ

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Outcomes of the trainings for water operators conducted in September-October 2014, Ion Salaru, Deputy Director, National Center for Public Health

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Progress with elaboration of norms and standards for smallscale water supplies and sanitation, Ion Salaru, Deputy Director, National Center for Public Health
Claudia Wendland, international expert, WECF

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Report on activities on public awareness conducted in 2014 and planned under the project for 2015, Tatiana Siniaeva, NGO Eco-TIRAS, and Ion Salaru, Deputy Director, National Centre for Public Health

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Presentation of the work plan of the project under all its outputs until the end of 2015, Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE

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The third Steering Committee meeting of the project "Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova" (22 May 2014)

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Workplan under SDC-UNECE project on the implementation of targets set under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova, Alisher Mamadzhanov, UNECE

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A review of financial support mechanisms for water supply and sanitation in Moldova, Alexander Martusevich, OECD EAP

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Discussion on the need to update the national targets and target dates set under the Protocol on Water and Health in 2010, Mihaly Kadar, UNECE

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Implementation of the objectives set under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova

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Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health in Moldova and opening of the Clearing House, Ion Salaru

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Program of implement of the projects related to the Protocol on Water and Health, Tamar Guvir, Valeriu Goncear

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Small Scale Water Supply and Sanitation (SSWSS) - Norms and Standards, Claudia Wendland, WECF

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The second Steering Committee meeting of the project "Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova, followed by the official opening of the Clearing House under the Protocol on Water and Health" (10 October 2013)

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The second session of the Steering Committee under the UNECE-SDC project on the Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova and the annual EUWI National Policy Dialogue meeting led by the OECD, Alisher Mamadzhanov, UNECE

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Work plan under the second UNECE-SDC project on the implementation of targets in Moldova, Alisher Mamadzhanov, UNECE

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The first Steering Committee meeting and the third EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue conference (21 November 2012)

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The second SDC-UNECE project on the implementation of targets set under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova. The first Steering Committee Meeting. Alisher Mamadzhanov, UNECE

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Promotion of the Moldovan experience through regional dialogue on implementing the Protocol on Water and Health. Alisher Mamadzhanov, UNECE

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Work plan under the second UNECE-SDC project on the implementation of targets in Moldova. Rainer Enderlein, UNECE

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Documents and Publications

Setting targets and target dates under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova (May 2011) in English and Russian

Statement of Common Understanding of the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, the Ministry of Health of Republic of Moldova, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation regarding the Project “Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova” (November 2012) in English and Romanian


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