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Water and sanitation programme in Moldova

Solidarity Water Europe has been working in Moldova since 2006, both at a local level in the villages and at national level. Activities include access to safe water, sanitation, building capacities and strengthening governance for better management. It also runs youth activities through the development of a youth awareness-raising platform. More specifically, SWE seeks to improve the living conditions for the people living in rural areas in the Nirnova River basin (Nisporeni Regon) by developing water and sanitation (solid and liquid) infrastructure, providing training and reinforcing governance in the water sector. The Republic of Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe: 30% of its population lives below the poverty line. It is located in Eastern Europe and has a population of 3.5 million. Its economy is dependent on Russia and the European Union. Living conditions are difficult in both urban and rural areas, where almost 60% of the population lives. Water resources in Moldova are scarce. More than 75% of the rural population lacks access to safe drinking water and only 10% has access to decent sanitation. The use of uncontained latrines means that 80% of the population consumes water polluted with nitrates and other pathogens. A lack of a strategic approach to managing solid waste can also be noted. A lack of skills further hinders development of the sector.

Programme Objectives:

  • To improve the hygiene, sanitation and health conditions in Moldavian rural areas.
  • To strengthen technical and managerial capacities of technicians and regional elected officials.
  • To improve water sector governance.
  • To promote technical solutions appropriate to the context of each district.
  • To raise awareness and teach people about good hygiene practices.
  • To educate and mobilise youth to improve the living conditions.

Partners

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agence rhin meuse
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Confederation-Suisse
ambassade france en moldavie
SEAM
  • Ministères moldaves

Achievements

Construction of dry toilets for 540 high school students and teachers in Vorniceni (Traseni Region). Holding of a Nirnova River Basin Forum, informing the local population and involving a wide public audience in debates on sanitation. Construction of Ecosan toilets in three schools in three villages of the river basin (Vînători, Călimăneşti and Mărinici). Creation of two summer schools bringing together around sixty young Moldavians in the Nisporeni Region in 2014 and 2016.

News

For improved water governance in the Nirnova Basin: 2nd Mayors’ meeting

On November 7, the second mayor’s meeting was held in Nisporeni as part of our project to improve access to drinking water and sanitation in the Nirnova sub-basin, in Moldova. Bringing together all the basin’s elected representatives and with a desire to improve the local and participative governance of the water sector, this meeting was … Continue reading For improved water governance in the Nirnova Basin: 2nd Mayors’ meeting

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2nd Mayors’ meeting – for a new governance framework in the Nirnova basin in Moldova

Moldova is one of the poorest countries of Eastern Europe. In rural communities, water quality is very poor and far from meeting human rights criteria. Acting on different aspects, especially on inclusive and participative governance, we have implemented with our local and international partners a platform of mayors, which brings together elected Moldovan representatives and … Continue reading 2nd Mayors’ meeting – for a new governance framework in the Nirnova basin in Moldova

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Moldova: Mayors’ Platform on Community Water and Sanitation Management

From March 26 to 29, the first Mayors’ Platform was held in Strasbourg. From March 26 to 29, elected officials from Moldova and eastern France met for workshops, debates and visits to water installations. The Platform was developed as part of SWE’s water and sanitation infrastructure project in Moldova’s Nirnova Basin. It aspires to implement … Continue reading Moldova: Mayors’ Platform on Community Water and Sanitation Management

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Project for access to water and sanitation in the Nirnova basin – Moldova

The first meeting of the steering committee was held today in Chisinau and gathered our project partners in Moldova: the Water Agency of Moldova, the Regional Agency of Development, the French Embassy, the districts of Nisporeni and Hincesti, the mayors representing the 30 villages of the Nirnova basin. On this occasion, Antonella Cagnolati, President of … Continue reading Project for access to water and sanitation in the Nirnova basin – Moldova

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Project for access to water and sanitation in the Nirnova basin – Moldova

The first meeting of the steering committee was held today in Chisinau and gathered our project partners in Moldova: the Water Agency of Moldova, the Regional Agency of Development, the French Embassy, the districts of Nisporeni and Hincesti, the mayors representing the 30 villages of the Nirnova basin. On this occasion, Antonella Cagnolati, President of … Continue reading Project for access to water and sanitation in the Nirnova basin – Moldova

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