Success stories Reports

News from 2010

 



25.09.2010 
Saturday, 25th of September 2010, AO "ProRuralInvest" organized waste collection action on both sides of the road which crosses the National Forests Orhei. Activity included in the  "GREEN STEPS for promoting eco-tourism in Codri Orheiului area”project financed by World Bank Office in Moldova.The waste collection group of volunteers consisted  of 18 students from High School "Onisifor Ghibu" Orhei, headed by Deputy Director Ms. Trupceac. Each student was equipped with gloves and polythene bags. Over 40 waste bags with volume of 120 litres each were filled in that was approx. 4800 litres of various wastes (plastic, polyethylene, crockery, glass, etc..)..Waste transportation was provided by "Drumuri Orhei” SA, with the support of Mr. Valeriu Braila, president of the association. On the same day, in Romania, on the national day of cleanliness, an event “Let’s do it , Romania!” was organized that was an ample collection of waste.(150,000 volunteers from all over the country. As a result of this action187,000 bags of trash have been collected.http://rural.md/index_htm_files/0.gif 
 
18.09.2010 
NGO “ProRuralInvest” in cooperation with the Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics implements the Project “Strengthening of the Administrative Capacity and Competence for Certification of Organic Agriculture in the Republic of Moldova” that is financed by the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. In the period of 14th and 18th September Lithuanian experts Virgilijus Skulskis, Ona Kaziene and Virginijus Masionis organized a training course  for Moldovan inspectors from National Certification bodies such as “ Certificat –ECO” “CRPA” “ICEA“ , It total 18 persons have been trained in inspection and certification of organic production.The training course contained the following subjects: - Situation in Lithuania on certification fields. - Organic seeds and plants.- Cattle on summer and winter time.- Certification procedures – difference between Moldavian and Lithuanian procedures.- Certification procedures – control and data bases.- Storage  - Transporting - Processing- Transition periods - Veterinary- Feeding After training everyone received the certificate of completed training course on the procedure for certification in organic agriculture. Experts from Lithuania visited local Organic farm, where they discussed the methods of organic farming. This is the first project implemented in cooperation with our colleagues from Lithuanaia and we hope to develop our collaboration and exchange experience for the promotion of sustainable ways of agriculture.
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05.07.2010 
NGO “ProRuralInvest” in cooperation with the Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics implements the Project “Strengthening of the Administrative Capacity and Competence for Certification of Organic Agriculture in the Republic of Moldova” that is financed by the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. In the period of 16th and 18th June there was organized a study visit in Lithuania for two inspectors from the Certification body "Certificat-Eco" and a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture.  During this visit e the following activities were made:1.Meeting with experts from the certification body for organic products "Ekoagros, a visit to control  the certification process in organic L. Mazuoliene farm (Laiciai village, Semeliskes, Elektrenai municipality)2.Meeting with representatives of the Chamber of Agriculture of Lithuania and Mr. A. Gutkauskas, director of public enterprise "Tatul program”, that are users of   “Ekoagros” services. 3.Meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture with S.Jasius, Director of Resources and Quality Policy Department,  and N. Jakubauskiene, Chief Specialist  of Agri-environment and Organic Farming Division 4.Meeting at the Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics with Director R.Melnikiene. Also, withinthis project there will be organized a training for inspectors in the organic certification bodies in Moldova. The training will take place in mid September 2010.          http://rural.md/index_htm_files/0.gif 
 
25.06.2010 
Study explores potential of organic agriculture in Moldova United Nations Environment Programme assesses role of sustainable agriculture in boosting exports, livelihoods and jobs across the regionWednesday, June 30 a second workshop will be held in Moldova as part of an international project by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to explore the potential to create a booming organic agriculture sector across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Moldova, Armenia and Ukraine are the three countries chosen to participate in a Green Economy Initiative study which involved consulting a broad range of stakeholders in the region involved in the agriculture and environment sectors. UNEP is partnering with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) to examine the economic, employment, poverty reduction and environmental benefits that could be achieved through greater investment in sustainable agriculture in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region. The workshop, will taking place in the meeting room of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry, 168 Stefan Cel Mare  str 1 floor. at 08:30 am is being organised by NGO “ProRuralInvest” and will be attended by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, producers, processors and representatives of organic certification companies. The study was build on the findings of a 2007 report on sustainable consumption by UNEP and the European Environment Agency which concluded that the EECCA region’s low use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, and its availability of workers presented good prospects for the growth and export of organic food products to Western Europe. According to the IFOAM, organic agriculture worldwide is developing rapidly with 35 million hectares of agricultural land managed organically by almost 1.4 million producers in over 150 countries, and the European Union is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for organics. Yet the share of organic farmland in Ukraine and Moldova is less than 1%, while sustainable farming is just beginning in Armenia.  The national project in Moldova develops a package of policy reforms, investments and capacity building measures for fostering a transition to a Green Economy dominated by investment in, and consumption of, sustainable goods and services from the agriculture sector. The study is funded by the Government of Sweden. A final report ishttp://rural.md/index_htm_files/0.gifdue to be issued in late 2010. Media contacts: NGO “ProRuralInvest” – Viorel Gherciu, President, +37322238939 or vgherciu@rural.mdUNEP - Julie Marks, UNEP Regional Office for Europe, +41 22 917 84 04 or julie.marks@unep.orgIFOAM - Markus Arbenz, Executive Director, +49 160 804 15 57 or m.arbenz@ifoam.org      http://rural.md/index_htm_files/0.gif 
 
10.06.2010 
In April, the World Bank Office in Moldova announced grants Contest for Civil Society Programme 2010 "Sustainable Development through Eco-tourism.NGO "ProRuralInvest participated in the contest with the" Green steps to promote eco-tourism in „Codri Orhei” area”. In early June there was  made an announce of the results of all project proposals and were selected only seven, including the project elaborated by of NGO "ProRuralInvest. On 06/09/2010 collaboration agreements were signed during a roundtable organized at World Bank headquarter. The activity was  attended by this year's contest finalists, and those of 2009. The project Green Steps for promoting eco-tourism in „Codri Orhei” area will start  on 06.16.2010, will run for a 5.5 months period, and will end by November 2010. The key aim of the project is promoting eco- tourism in ”Codri Orhei” area through conservation andbiodiversity protection.       http://rural.md/index_htm_files/0.gif 
 
01.06.2010 
NGO "ProRuralInvest and the UNDP with the "Biodiversity Conservation Education and Awareness Programme for Orhei region” in the context of creating the National Park Orhei and “Environment  Day”  celebration, will hold a seminar in Orhei on this topic. The seminar will take place on 4th of June at 9:45AM at the Orhei cultural palace, Address: MD-3500, Orhei town, Phone / Fax: 2-20-56. Department of Agriculture Orhei. Are invited all mayors, school principals and culture palace principals from Orhei region.http://rural.md/index_htm_files/0.gif 
 
20.05.2010  
ProRuralInvest started  the implementation of the project  „Providing consultancy services for developing and implementing awareness and education program on biodiversity conservation in the region Orhei” At this time the first objective of the project is achieved : Develop awareness programs and information on biodiversity conservation in the region Orhei.       http://rural.md/index_htm_files/0.gif 
 
03.05.2010 
MEDIA RELEASE Study explores potential of organic agriculture in Moldova
The United Nations Environment Programme assesses the role of sustainable agriculture in boosting exports, livelihoods and jobs across the region. Wednesday, May 5th a workshop will be held in Moldova as part of an international project by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to explore the potential to create a booming organic agriculture sector across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Moldova, Armenia and Ukraine are the three countries chosen to participate in a Green Economy Initiative study which will involve consulting a broad range of stakeholders in the region involved in the agriculture and environment sectors. UNEP is partnering with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) to examine the economic, employment, poverty reduction and environmental benefits that could be achieved through greater investment in sustainable agriculture in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region. The workshop, taking place in the meeting room of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry, 168 Stefan Cel Mare  str 1 floor. at 9:30 am is being organised by NGO “ProRuralInvest” and will be attended by Ms Rie Tsutsumi and Mr. Asad Naqvi from UNEP. The study will build on the findings of a 2007 report on sustainable consumption by UNEP and the European Environment Agency which concluded that the EECCA region’s low use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, and its availability of workers presented good prospects for the growth and export of organic food products to Western Europe. According to the IFOAM, organic agriculture worldwide is developing rapidly with 35 million hectares of agricultural land managed organically by almost 1.4 million producers in over 150 countries, and the European Union is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for organics. Yet the share of organic farmland in Ukraine and Moldova is less than 1%, while sustainable farming is just beginning in Armenia.  Each national project in Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova willhttp://rural.md/index_htm_files/0.gif develop a package of policy reforms, investments and capacity building measures for fostering a transition to a Green Economy dominated by investment in, and consumption of, sustainable goods and services from the agriculture sector. The study is funded by the Government of Sweden. A final report is due to be issued in late 2010. Media contacts: NGO “ProRuralInvest” – Viorel Gherciu, Presidednt, +37322238939 or vgherciu@rural.mdUNEP - Julie Marks, UNEP Regional Office for Europe, +41 22 917 84 04 or julie.marks@unep.orgIFOAM - Markus Arbenz, Executive Director, +49 160 804 15 57 or m.arbenz@ifoam.or