Building capacities of the relevant stakeholders to implement integrated water resources management in Moldova (Raut river basin)

Efficient water management is a continuous process which consists of identifying issues, setting goals, and completing tasks to accomplish the desired outcome – clean water for all the needs and for all the users all over the river course. In 2016, with the support of Austrian Development Cooperation, National Environmental Center implemented the project:  „Strengthening integrated water resources management in the North of Moldova“, on the course of Raut River, the biggest tributary of Dniester River on the territory of Republic of Moldova.

This year, in order to build on the results obtained in the previous project and to start solving the issues identified earlier, National Environmental Center will implement the project ”Building capacities of the relevant stakeholders to implement integrated water resources management in Moldova (Raut river basin)”. The main goal of the project is building capacities of key actors from Raut River Basin to participate efficiently in integrated water resources management.

First, an Action Plan for river management will be developed for next 2 years. Raut Basin Council, created within the previous project, will be involved in the development and will promote the implementation of this plan.

The project will train wineries on the requirements of the new Law on Water related to the treatment of industrial waste waters before those are discharged into a common sewage system or into the environment. According to the new Law, industrial enterprises should have pre-treatment facilities for treatment of waste waters, but this is not respected, thus this project will train the winery sector representatives on the requirements of the new Law on Water.

Also, the population will be informed of the major environmental problems which affect the river through community involvement activities which will be organized in this proposed project. Two info-days will be organized in Balti and Orhei towns in order to inform the population on the actual state of the river and promote the use of eco-detergents in order to diminish the impact on river water quality from using classical detergents which are not treated by partially operational or non-operational waste water treatment plants in Moldova. Also, a planting campaign will be organized in autumn 2017 in order to restore shelter belts in the riparian buffer zones of Ciuluc River, the biggest tributary of Raut river.

Also, the quality of water in Raut river will continue to be monitored by the schools situated in the basin of Raut river. Previously, in 2016, the teachers of schools of the towns situated in Raut river basin, were trained on how to perform biological monitoring of river water quality. Later they organised biological monitoring of Raut river with the schoolchildren. In 2017, they will continue to monitor the water quality in Raut river and will collaborate with the State Hydrometeo Service in order to bring additional information about water quality and to complete existing data.


This project is implemented with the support of Austrian Development Cooperation and EcoCatalyst Foundation.