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UNECE SDC project “Implementation of targets under the UNECE- WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova”

The  project “Implementation of targets under the UNECE- WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova”  supported by UNECE and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) successfully attained its overall objective of  strengthening the capacity of the Government of the Republic of Moldova to implement the national targets and target dates established under the Protocol in order to ensure that the population of Moldova, in particular the poor and vulnerable, benefit from improved access to safe water and sanitation.

Between 2012 and 2016 activities were carried out and specific objectives were successfully achieved under all outputs, in line with the project logical framework.

In particular, the official approval by the Government of the Republic of Moldova on 13 July 2016 of the National Programme on implementing targets set under the Protocol represents a major milestone for improving the situation with water and health in the country in the coming years. The National Programme – core output of the project – includes the revised national targets under the Protocol, a concise action plan defining specific activities to be carried out to achieve the targets and target dates and the financial strategy to mobilize resources towards its implementation. It is a complex and comprehensive document which aims at serving as a platform combining water and health related objectives in accordance with policies of all relevant ministries and departments as opposed to the current situation with fragmented measures under responsibility of different institutions. The National Programme also represents an opportunity for streamlining and coordinating the activities of different donors in the area of water and health in Moldova.

Other important results achieved under the project include the development and official approval of a number of norms and standards on small scale supplies and sanitation aiming at filling gaps in the Moldovan legislation, including through provision of normative framework to the ApaSan developed models such as ecosan toilets or constructed wetlands already implemented in Moldova, as well as at reviewing the obsolete small scale supplies and sanitation standards to bring them in accordance with the European Union requirements. A number of trainings were also conducted under the project to build capacity of urban and rural water operators in the Republic of Moldova with regard to modern approaches to the management of water supply and sanitation systems including regionalization, compliance with EU directives and water safety plans.

The project also achieved its goals with regard to raising awareness of the Moldovan civil society on the issues of water and health in general and on the Protocol on Water and Health in particular through a large number of stakeholder meetings organized at national and local level throughout the project. Moreover, outreach activities to promote the National Programme and the overall results of the project to the Moldovan population took place in September 2016 and enjoyed extensive media coverage. Furthermore, information center established under the project under the auspices of the National Center for Public Health – the Clearing House – is expected to continue providing information on the situation with water and health and the implementation of the National Programme to the Moldovan population also after the end of the project.

Overall, the project had a significant impact in Moldova in terms of promoting intersectoral approach and breaking the silos between the water and health sectors, in line with the spirit of the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The project also promoted good governance through strengthening the implementation of modern governance approaches – from strategic planning to resource mobilization and accountability (including through reporting under the Protocol in 2013 and 2016, NGO involvement in the project Steering Committee and public participation).

Thanks to the project, the experience of Moldova was also extensively promoted to other countries that are working on establishing linkages between water, sanitation and health issues. The transfer of Moldovan experience took place during a number of national and subregional workshops in the pan-European region and other Protocol events as well as at important regional and global meetings such as the third and the fourth sessions of the Protocol Meeting of the Parties (Oslo, 25-27 November 2013, and Geneva, 14-16 November 2016, respectively) and the World Water Week 2016 (Stockholm, 28 August–2 September 2016). International community particularly appreciated sharing of experience with regard to the elaboration of an action plan to implement targets under the Protocol and the financial mobilization strategy as well as in relation to the intersectoral cooperation and public participation, with a number of Protocol Parties and other States (e.g. Norway, Serbia, Kazakhstan) currently working on replicating the project approaches in their countries.

Future work under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova is expected to further strengthen the impact of the project. In particular, UNECE is planning to use the Moldovan National Policy Dialogue platform to facilitate the implementation of the National Programme, including possible support to implementing some “soft” targets set in the National Programme. UNECE also stands ready to continue cooperating with the Government of the Republic of Moldova, SDC and other donor organizations to ensure sustainability of the project results beyond its finalization.

National Forum „Water for Health” (26-27 September 2016)

 

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List of participants
26.09.2016PDF
27.09.2016PDF
Press release  PDF
National ProgrammePDF PDFPDF
Presentations

Launching of the National Programme for Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova for 2016-2025
Mr. Marin Alla and Mr. Andrei Isac, AO EcoContact

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National Programme for Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova for 2016-2025
Mr. Marin Alla

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Starting the National Programme for Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova for 2016-2025
Mr. Ion Șalaru, Ministerul Sănătății,
Ms. Serafima Tronza, Ministerul Mediului
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More pictures are available here. 


The 7th Steering Committee meeting of the project "Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova" (2 June 2016)

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Overview of the meeting,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE

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National Programme on implementing national targets under the Protocol on Water and Health, including the Action Plan and financial mobilization strategy as well as the revised targets under the Protocol,
Serafima Tronza, Ministry of Environment, and Ion Salaru, National Center for Public Health
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Plans for launch of the National Programme,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE

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Progress with elaboration of norms and standards for small-scale water supplies and hygiene,
Ion Salaru, Deputy Director, National Center for Public Health

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The code of practice on construction and operation of ecosanitation and guidelines on the use of ecosan products in agriculture,
Iulian Isac, Apasan

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Presentation of the code of practice on constructed wetlands,
Prof. Dumitru Ungureanu, national expert, Technical University

Revising the regulations (SNiPs) on the design of small water and sanitation systems,
Valentin Bordeniuk, national water and wastewater expert

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Activities conducted under the Clearing House and awareness raising campaigns and plans after the project finalization
Ion Salaru, Deputy Director, National Centre for Public Health

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Awareness raising campaign under the project, 
Tatiana Siniaeva, Eco-Tiras

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Public awareness activities conducted in 2016
Daniela Bordeianu, SEAM

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Protocol on Water and Health as a tool to implement the water-related SDGs under 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE

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Presentation of SDC-ADA project Institutional Framework in the WS sector,
Cyrille Vallet, Project Coordinator

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Stakeholder meeting under the project "Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova" (12 November 2016)

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National Programme on implementing national targets under the Protocol on Water and Health, including the draft Action Plan and draft financial mobilization strategy as well as the revised targets under the Protocol,
Serafima Tronza, Ministry of Environmment

Progress with elaboration of norms and standards for small-scale water supplies and hygiene,
Ion Salaru, Deputy Director, National Center for Public Health

The code of practice on ecosanitation,
Sergiu Andreev, national expert WiSDOM

The code of practice on constructed wetlands,
Dumitru Ungureanu, national expert, Technical Universit

Revising the regulations on the design of SSWSS,
Valentin Bordeniuk, national expert

Timeline for official adoption of the normative documents and standards,
Claudia Wendland, international expert, WECF

Activities conducted under the Clearing House in 2015 and future plans,
Ion Salaru, Deputy Director, National Centre for Public Health

Public awareness activities conducted in 2015 and future plans,
Daniela Bordeianu, SEAM

SDC-UNECE project “Applying Equitable Access Score-card in Moldova” – main findings, impact and next steps,
Daniela Bordeianu, SEAM

Reporting under the Protocol on Water and Health – timeline and recommendations,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE
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Presentation of the work plan of the project under the relevant project outputs until mid-2016,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE

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The 6th Steering Committee meeting of the project "Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova" (13 November 2015)

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Decisions of the Steering CommitteePDF

The main outputs of the project on implementing targets under the Protocol on Water and Health,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE

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Way forward: activities to be implemented until the end of the project and timeline for implementation,
Serafima Tronza, Ministry of Environment and Ion Salaru, Ministry of Health
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Outline of the work plan of the UNECE-SDC project under all its outputs until the end of the project,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE
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New project on establishing a sound economic regulatory system for WSS in Moldova,
Alexander Martusevich, OECD/EAP Task Force

Information about the expert workshop on tools to support making and implementing decisions on the water, food and energy security nexus in EECCA (Paris, July 2015) and Presentation of future plans, 
Alexander Martusevich, OECD/EAP Task Force

Activities to fulfil the National Programme on implementing national targets under the Protocol of Water and Health, 
Serafima Trinza, Ministry of Environment and Valeriu Goncear, Ministry of Health

The water and health related Sustainable Developement Goals,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE
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The 5th Steering Committee meeting of the project "Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova" (20 May 2015)

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Projects financed by the donors for the water supply and sanitation sectorPDF
Chisinau Water Development Programme,
Giel Verbeeck, Project Manager
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Review of domestic financial support mechanisms in the Water and Sanitation sector in Moldova,
Alexander Poghosyan
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Activity Information Centre under the Protocol on Water and Health in Moldova,
Ion SalaruCNSP
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Companies' Development Programme for Water and Sanitation in MoldovaPDF
Water policy,
Ministry Of The Environment
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The draft National Programme and Plan of measures for the implementation of the Protocol Water and Health for 2015-2025, 
Valeriu Goncear  - Serafima Tronza
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New methodology for setting WSS tariffs in Moldova,
Alexander Martusevich
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Methodology for determining, approving and applying the tariffs for public water supply, sewerage and wastewater treatmentPDF
Overview of the project progress in 2014, challenges and lessons learned,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE
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Workplan for 2015,
Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE
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Rules for small drinking water supply, 
Ion Șalaru,CNSP
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The 4th 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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List of participantsPDF
A review of domestic financial support mechanisms for water supply and sanitation in Moldova - presentation of keyfindings and preliminary recommendations from the draft Interim report, Suren Poghosyan, project team leaderPDF
Presentation of the draft Action Plan for achieving the targets set and plans for its finalization, Valeriu Goncear and Tamara Guvir, Ministry of HealthPDF
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 consultantPDF
Presentation of the draft Strategy to mobilize resources towards the implementation of the Action Plan, Serafima Tronza, Ministry of EnvironmentPDF
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 MoldovaPDF
Moldova Flood Management Technical Assistance and Investment Project, Marco Beros, EIBPDF
Main findings of the SDC/ADA joint study of the water sector institutional framework in Moldova – SDC and ADA representativesPDF
GIZ support to improving WSS sector governance in Moldova Petru VEVERIȚA, Dietrich HAHN, GIZPDF
Outcomes of the trainings for water operators conducted in September-October 2014, Ion Salaru, Deputy Director, National Center for Public HealthPDF
Progress with elaboration of norms and standards for small scale water supplies and sanitation, Ion Salaru, Deputy Director, National Center for Public Health, Claudia Wendland, international expert, WECFPDF
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 HealthPDF
Presentation of the work plan of the project under all its outputs until the end of 2015, Nataliya Nikiforova, UNECE   PDF 

The 3rd 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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List of participantsPDF
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, UNECEPDF

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 2nd 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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List of participantsPDF
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, UNECEPDF
Work plan under the second UNECE-SDC project on the implementation of targets in Moldova, Alisher Mamadzhanov, UNECEPDF 

The 1st 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, UNECEPDF
Promotion of the Moldovan experience through regional dialogue on implementing the Protocol on Water and Health. Alisher Mamadzhanov, UNECEPDF
Work plan under the second UNECE-SDC project on the implementation of targets in Moldova. Rainer Enderlein, UNECEPDF

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.