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Environment and sustainability, On December 14, 2012, the Vorniceni Village Counci

Local Action - Global Impact!

Romanian-Moldovan Partnership


Who is behind this?

Petru Botnaru

The Association C.R.O.N.O. - Centre of Resources for Oltenian Non-profit Organizations


Who is joining forces?


The non-governmental organization “Terra-1530” has been registered on June 30, 1999. We have the mission to instruct and strengthen rural communities’ capacity on Sustainable Development.


Idea pitch

The forestation will constitute our response to the Global Warming phenomenon.
Unfortunately, Republic of Moldova has the lowest percentage of forest area in Europe- 11.4 %.
The long-term goal is developing of a green area with an international importance.

Where will your project idea take place?

Vorniceni village, Moldova. Entrepreneurial activity as well is not developed in our country.

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

It is an opportunity for more than 5000 inhabitants of Vorniceni village to participate in the project implementation particularly those working abroad that may contribute financially. 2. There are more and more discussions about ecological education in Moldova today but there is a stringent lack of a real model. The respective square, arranged in Vorniceni with the participation of international experts, may become such a model. It may become a best practice for local public administration, because it is for the first time in the history of the village when all the people will have the opportunity to be involved in an activity. 3. As the village high-school is located in the neighborhood of the plot it will make possible to have outdoor lessons in the square, especially biology.

Who are you doing it for?

Th e main problem we are trying to solve consists of two main points: lack of work places for youth and lack of green spaces for rest. Th e development of the project is going to be done in several steps: creating of a project (already done), building of small architectural forms (pergolas, pavilions, benches, and fountain) and walk roads; planting of trees, and creating of flowerbeds, providing of wireless Internet. Th e main customers who will benefit of the solution are villagers and of course every person coming to visit the place for having a rest. Another profit is further appearance of similar green zones all other the world. An indirect profit of such places is providing of a new way of thinking and perception of the world by the youth.

How do you plan to get there?

Steps. 2020 - The System for Rain Water evacuation. 2021-2025 - First of all these are creating of a place for rest, cleaning of a territory, new work places, unification and broadening of green spaces. Of course our project is being at the initial stage now because of lack of financial resources but we hope somebody will be interested in it in the same way we do and this problem will be solved. Over a period of free years aft er planting of square the representatives of Forest Institute will control the plantation and its quality. Also there will be supplied the necessary care of all the planted trees and shrubs. For providing of this care we will involve people from the village (new work places). Creation of a square will also provide the exchange of experience with other countries.

What are the expected results?

The multitude of benefits conditioned by forests is inexhaustible. A reckless attitude towards the forest’s role for the ecological balance may cause irrecoverable damages with a very serious negative impact on the welfare of the modern society and, to a greater extend, on the future of the next generations. For this reason, sustainable forests and forest vegetation management became a priority for individual countries and for the global community in general; again, it becomes extremely important because it provides the protection of the environment for our descendants to inherit it.
First, partners such as representatives from the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, Academy of Science of Republic of Moldova, Institute of Forest Researches and Arrangements etc.

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

The main idea is to reconstruct the square in Vorniceni Village in the way to create a beautiful place for rest and to provide new work places. The long-term goal is developing of a green area with an international importance. The short – term goal is to make an ecological inspection to cut the old and damaged trees and to plant the new ones (autumn). The global idea is to create an example of a square, having as a back fought that creating such squares in the entire counties can wide the green spaces and provide their sustainability. In order to complete the project we need both financial and human resources. As human resources are involved people from the village. The project will be started in autumn 2013 and has some several steps: creating of roads, small architectural forms, creating

Why is this idea important to you?

However, it remains to be seen how this pledge could contribute to any substantial transformation of Moldovan society beyond the creation of new institutions and new laws. The central government firmly controls all decision making in the country, dismissing open debates regarding policymaking. Therefore, it is critical to encourage local actors to demand inclusion in such processes and instill in them fundamental democratic values, especially active engagement and freedom of expression. This projects thus foresees the creation, for example, of a public body (Local Action Group, especially Environmental Governance and Climate Change Prevention) that would bring together the energy and resources of people interested in regional development by forming partnerships at the local level ...

€ 50000,-

Total budget

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

The System for Rain Water evacuation 3000 EUR; Experts 2000; camera video 2000; video 2000; special equipment for volunteers (gloves, masks, sanitizer) for pandemics - 5000; office expenses 1000; travel 3000; information panel 2000; metal fence 18000; personnel costs 3000; public relations 1000; translation Romanian-English 1000; Phone/Internet 1000; Bank Commission 500; rent transport 1500; financial audit 4000.
TOTAL: 50000 EUR.

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

At the International Awards for Liveable Communities (October 22-30, 2011, Seoul, Korea), NGO "Terra-1530" has won the 3rd place in the Bursary Awards section, presenting the projects implemented in Vorniceni village (headquarters).


Petru Botnaru

Idea created on May 1, 2020
Last edit on May 5, 2020

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