Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, and one of the most vulnerable to climate change. Extreme droughts and floods are increasingly affecting the rural areas, while almost 60 % of the population lives in the countryside and agriculture is a vital source of their livelihood. The extensive felling of trees impairs the landscape's ability to withstand the extremes of the weather.
The quality of life of the rural population depends greatly on rivers, but they are heavily polluted by industry and the discharge of sewage from settlements. There are several projects to construct new dams that could worsen the course of floods.
We support the civic initiatives on both banks of the River Dniester – in Moldova and in Transnistria – in their efforts to protect the rivers from pollution, extensive use, and harmful construction projects and in their participation in decision making on the use of the rivers.
Our activities are funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic from the Transition Promotion Program.