Crossing Nature: Crossing History

Crossing Nature: Crossing History

Moldova
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The project Crossing Nature: Crossing History is provoking the interest of people especially young to ecological problems of their native country, to the cultural heritage of their people, to the complex combination of these two spheres of life. It is aimed on improving “green” situation in Moldova mainly in rural regions now devastated and often without inhabitants, on mapping the problematic places from one hand and keeping the memory of the history and cultural heritage of the centuries.

Your idea
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Street Address

5 Diorditsa Str.

City

Chisinau

State/Province
Postal/Zip Code

2012

Country
Year innovation began

2006

Geotourism Challenge Addressed by Entrant

Quality and distinctiveness of the destination

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Indicate sector in which you principally work

Community Organization

Geographic location

Suburban.

Plot your innovation within the Mosaic of Solutions
Main barrier addressed

Cross-cultural myopia

Main insight addressed

Establish community incentives

Innovation
What is the goal of your innovation?

The goal is to change interrelation between neighbors, relation to heritage, history and the past of your people and the land your live, improve natural and cultural environment of the community

How does your approach support or embody geotourism?

It develops special routes to rural places, stimulate interest of foreigners and young urban inhabitants to the pure nature and its correlation with the traces of civilization

Describe your approach in detail. How is it innovative?

Ecology system in Moldova is in bad conditions. The state is poor. One of the motifs to awake young generation is their interest to the roots and cultural heritage of the history of their people. Innovation is in the junction of the eco- and cultural approaches.

What types of partnerships or professional development would be most beneficial in spreading your innovation?

Partnership will include official local authorities, youth organizations, ethic communities, local archives

Impact
In one sentence describe what kind of impact, change, or reform your approach is intended to achieve.

Reform of ecosystem and reform of people’s spiritual world

Describe the degree of success of your approach to date. Clearly define how you measure quantitative and qualitative impact in terms of how your approach contributes to the sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How does your approach minimize negative impacts? 200 words or less

To date initiative was started. Some routes were checked and list of places of interest was composed. The site is in the stage of construction. We intend to make a guide, set of postcards, organize photo exhibitions and finish the work on site – that will compose our quantitative evaluation. We plan to involve up to 100-150 people to take part in the initiative.

How does your program promote traveler enthusiasm, satisfaction, and engagement with the locale?

Travelers will get clear routes, description of places of interest both from ecological and environmental point of view and historic and cultural one.

In what ways are local residents actively involved in your innovation, including participation and community input? How has the community responded to or benefited from your approach?

Local residents of the project include young people, representatives of the authorities and professionals in the sphere of history, tourism, and ecology. All these groups will be united by the aims of the program – they will meet and work on the problems of ecological and historical preservation and development of the country, finding ways of its improvement and result in printed guide, postcards, exhibitions, information in Internet, etc.

Describe how your innovation helps travelers and local residents better understand the value of the area’s cultural and natural heritage, and educates them on local environmental issues. How do you motivate them to act responsibly in their future travel decisions?

Travelers and residents get new information about the environment and historical situation, ready routes and places, description of the problems and some ways to solve them. We base on sustainable youth organizations, ethnic groups, and professionals. We have a part of money as support for the start of the project. The potential demand would be $5,000 for 2008.

Sustainability
Is your initiative financially and organizationally sustainable? If not, what is required to make it so? What is the potential demand for your innovation?

The initiative will continue by means of local and international fundraising

How is your initiative currently financed? If available, provide information on your finances and organization that could help others. Please list: Annual budget, annual revenue generated, size of part-time, full-time and volunteer staff.

We rely on volunteers from the youth and ecological organizations, we’ll have 2-3 staff members. s not been completed. (150 words or less)

What is your plan to expand your approach? Please indicate where/how you would like to grow or enhance your innovation, or have others do so.

We plan to distribute the info through guides, discs, postcards, site to people interested in Moldova and those who have roots here, to involve more and more young people.

What are the main barriers you encounter in managing, implementing, or replicating your innovation? What barriers keep your program from having greater impact?

Main barriers are emotional moods of indifference and stereotypes of young generation as well as of people of various ethnicities towards each other.

The Story
What is the origin of your innovation? Tell your story.

Moldova is a country where there are a lot of places that need not only ecological improvement but also keeping them as historically significant. For example, places of World War II mass massacre, former ghettoes and concentration camps. Such places may not have even a sign there and the young generation does not have any knowledge on the history, tragedies and development of their country.

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Graduate from Technical University. Worked as engineer on plants, last years work for the Jewish community. Have long experience of work with youth. Professional photographer and designer. One of the authors of the book History in Stones and site www.jewish.md

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The project Crossing Nature: Crossing History is provoking the interest of people especially young to ecological problems of their native country, to the cultural heritage of their people, to the complex combination of these two spheres of life. It is aimed on improving “green” situation in Moldova mainly in rural regions now devastated and often without inhabitants, on mapping the problematic places from one hand and keeping the memory of the history and cultural heritage of the centuries.