Together

Together

Vorniceni village, MoldovaVorniceni village, Moldova
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Forests provide a lot of diverse benefits to societies. Besides the fact that wood processing and forest products provide significant contributions to the development of national economies, forests play a major role in maintaining the natural ecological balance. ..

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The capacity of Moldova’s forests to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is about 2,230,000 tons per year. Forests substantially contribute to reducing soil erosion and landslides. The protective role of the forests is of vital importance for Moldova because of substantial alternating temperatures that occur, frequent droughts and shortage of water, lands ‘propensity to slides and a decrease in soil fertility up to 40-50% due to the erosion

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Unfortunately, Republic of Moldova has the lowest percentage of forest area in Europe- 11.4 % (374,500 ha). Solution - The forestation of the 4.65 ha area is to begin in 2014.-2015 in Vorniceni village. Objectives: 1. Preparation of the village citizenry, over 5,000 people, to make decisions related to environmental problems by involving them in volunteer activities such as the installation of a metallic fence surrounding the square as well as setting up an information panel, dustbins, benches, sidewalks and lamps throughout the plot; 2. Providing knowledge about Vorniceni village by distributing the "Adevarul" publication ("The Truth"); 3. Posting short videos on YouTube; and 4. Holding international conferences.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The forestation of an area of 4.65 hectares will constitute our response to the Global Warming phenomenon. The arrangement of the square will become a model of ecological education for the population. The students from the local high-school situated in the neighborhood of the land plot will be able to have different types of outdoor lessons in the square. The square will be a place where people will rest and spend their leisure time. 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.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

A beautifully arranged square; financial and forestry audit; solution of a prior problem of the Socio-Economic Development Strategy of Vorniceni village; a model for ecological education and a best practice. The arrangement of the square will be the first step in the preparation of a Local Plan of Environmental Development.
About You
Organization:
NGO "Terra-1530"
About You
First Name

Semeniuc

Last Name

Anna

About Your Project
Organization Name

NGO "Terra-1530"

Organization Country

, XX, Vorniceni village

Country where this project is creating social impact

, XX, Vorniceni village

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your Solution
Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The problem of the protection and sustainable development of forests is inseparable from the problem of country's public health. The forest policy should be focused on the conservation of biodiversity at all levels, on education of forestry specialists, on harmonizing the legal framework, and on international cooperation in the field. The forestation of the above mentioned land area is a part of the Social-Economic Development Strategy of Vorniceni village for the following 20 years.
The whole community of more than 5,000 citizens may be involved in the project implementation activities.

Select Sector(s): To which of Unilever's categories of sustainability does your solution apply?

Greenhouse Gases.

Measurable Impact
Audience: Who have you identified as your customers/recipients and why? How will you get your solution to them or engage them in your initiative?

1. The Decision of the Village Council to plant trees on the respective public plot was taken due to the mutual initiative of the local civil society and the "Terra 1530"NGO. From the very start more partners were committed to finding a solution for a community problem of global importance. 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.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

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. 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 and other outdoor activities. Short videos will be posted on YouTube for the purpose of showing the activities that will take place in the square. The continuity of the project is guaranteed because according to our experts at least 5-8 years are necessary for the completion of the square.

Growth, Finance & Leadership
Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?

On December 14, 2012, the Vorniceni Village Council approved a decision(nr. 8/16) concerning changing the destination of a land area for the purpose of arranging of a square, this constituting one of the objectives of the Socio-Economic Development Strategy of Vorniceni village. Part of this land was planted with trees some 40 years ago but there has been a lack of appropriate care which is reflected in the deplorable condition they are currently in. Moreover, the design is far from being a modern one…

Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?

The distribution of "Adevarul" publication will provide knowledge about all the activities for the square arrangement. A partnership will be established with local public administration, 'Secolul 21"("The 21'st Century") NGO-s, the Alliance of Moldovan Rural NGO-s and other nonprofit organizations.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

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). http://www.livcomawards.com/2011-awards/winners.htm