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“Water means health, sanitation means also dignity”

May 22nd, 2009 |

Conference place

During the conference

Based on the strategic partnership with Women for Water Partnership and in realisation of its working plan, the EWP was invited to present Aquawareness within the international working conference on: „From policy to practice – developing sustianbale water and health projects in Moldova”. This two days conference , which was organised by Women for Water Partnership and hosted by Business Professional Women in Moldova (BPW-M) as well as Women in Sustainable Development of Moldova (WiSDOM) was held in the capital of Moldova, Chisinau at the Palace Publice from 18th-20th May 2009.
The framework of this first national working conference was provided by the Water and Health Protocol, which Moldova ratified in 2005, and the pilot status of Moldova. The „setting targets and target dates to implement the Protocol on Water &Health in Republic of moldova” has been initiated as a crucial first step for achieving the Water&Health Protocol aims. The conference main theme was sustainability of grassroot water and health initiatives, notably the situtation of drinking water&sanitation.
Ms. Buliga, Parliamentary Commission Chair on Family and Health, welcomed the participants by „urging all parties to unite efforts in order to achieve better resultswith regard to drinking water and sanitation as bad water quality has adverse influence on human health”.
Ms. Obreja, member of the Healthcare of the Republic of Moldova, invited everybody „to discuss concrete actions to improve the quality of water and thus the quality of life for future generations”. She added, that „given the framework of the Water and Health Protocol national legislation has to adjust to the requirements of this protocol, reducing the crucial challenge for Moldova”.
Ms. Guvir, Deputy director of the Department for Prevention of Environmental Pollution, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, outlined the aims of „increasing the access to drinking water by 60% of the moldovan population tilll 2010, by training the youth, by increased international cooperation and by reducing water degradation”.
The cooperation between ministries, but also enhanced cooperatin with civil society was mentioned several times and underlined as crucial factor for success.
Mr. Salaru, National Focal Point of the Protocol gave an overview of the ratification process for Moldova, as well as the aims to be realised within Moldova in the coming years. He ended his presentation by saying „Water means health, sanitation means also dignity”.
The following session was dedicated to lessons learnt from the cooperation between Moldovan NGOs and intenrational institutions. Presentations were held by Mr. Umbehr, Country director, Swiss Agency for Developemnt and Cooperation Moldova; Mr. Andrei Isac,Executive Director REC and Mr. Andreev, Project Manager WiSDOM.
The afternoon was dedicated to case studies, which were discussed and elaborated within smaller working groups. The following cases were presented:

  1. Monitoring of wells water quality in northern, central and southern zones of Moldova (ECOTOX)
  2. The supply of drinking water of Horodiste village, Calarasi (BPW Moldova)
  3. Improvement of water quality control through capacity building and networking of sanitary services in the transboundary Lower Dniester river area (Eco-Tiras)
  4. Creating opportunities for training and dissemination of good practices in the field of water and sanitation (WiSDOM)
  5. Brining water and health to the village through youth participation (SEAM)
  6. Water – source of life (Soroptimists International Chisnau)
  7. Control of pollution in agriculture – a success story of awareness raising campaign (Ecological Movement of Moldova)

The second day continued with the brainstorming within the small , but very active and creative working groups, before meeting in plenary and presenting the results of the discussions. Furthermore Aqauwareness was given the floor to elaborate on the links and joint working possibilities after this conference.
A roundtable discussion marked the end of this conference which using the words of Ms. Chicu, President of BPW-Moldova, was the „first but definitely not the last one”.
A draft paper with recommendations resulting from this conference will be shortly available on

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