Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction in Moldova

Project Summary

Moldova is prone to natural disasters such as floods and drought. In 2007, it was hit by the worst drought since 1947 affecting 80 per cent of the country’s territory and about 135,000 people. Photo: UN Moldova

Moldova’s economy, population, and environment are highly exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards. Climate change is expected to amplify the exposure to climate and disaster risks and to hydro-meteorological hazards.  The Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction project aims to help reduce disaster and climate risks in Moldova through development of national and local risk management capacities.

The project contributes to increased national ownership and leadership for disaster resilience through better coordination capacities, awareness and knowledge and innovative technology transfer. To achieve these, support is provided to the development of the National Disaster Risk Management Strategy and operationalization of the existing coordination mechanism regarded as a platform for mobilization of combined knowledge, prioritization and advocacy on DRR at all levels.

In addition, actions are taken to mainstream DRR in school curricula, improve the current extension network in the field, as well as to build up the capacities of mass media to communicate on DRR-related issues. At the local level, innovative disaster risk reduction and climate risk management measures with replication potential will be piloted as part of the project’s Small Grants Scheme. The Local Level Risk Management Toolkit developed in the initial project phase will be expanded to cover regional aspects in risk assessment and mainstreaming.

Project goals:

  1. Enhance capacities for coordination, planning, and monitoring to implement the National Disaster Risk Management Strategy.
  2. Improve awareness and knowledge about disaster risk reduction, as well as strengthen educational systems.
  3. Replicate and upscale regional and local level risk management approaches and tools to build the national and local level capacities for improved DRR management. 


  • The National Disaster Risk Management Strategy (NDRMS) and Action Plan formulated  in a participatory manner featuring priority interventions for enhanced coordination, planning and monitoring capacities in the DRR area;
  • The Draft National Disaster Risk Management Strategy is now gender inclusive which allows to target better the needs, in particular of women, and vulnerable and marginalised groups. 
  • Concept of the National Early Warning System finalised and its implementation will allow dissemination of timely and reliable warnings.
  • The Communication and Prevention Strategy for the Civil Protection and Emergency Situation Service is formulated for the Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service.
  • The recommendations for improving DRR curricula on different educational levels are formulated for main stakeholders and curricula review is performed for the Training Center of the Civil Protection and Emergency Situation Service.
  • Strengthened capacities of the personnel from the Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service in using participatory methods of education.
  • Organizing on a regular basis the Sector Coordination Meetings for stakeholders to strengthen cooperation and ensure exchange of experience between main stakeholders.


UNDP US$ 500,00
Government of Moldova, in kind US$ 25,000


December 2013 US$ 20,739
June 2014 US$ 131,943
Project Duration
Geographic Coverage
Republic of Moldova
Focus Area
Environment and Energy
Project Manager
Ecaterina Melnicenco, ecaterina.melnicenco@undp.org
Programme Specialist/Cluster Lead
Valeria Ieseanu, valeria.ieseanu@undp.org
Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service of the Ministry of Interior and its affiliated training centers, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health, Crisis Medicine Training Center, Ministry of Education, LPAs, NGOs, CBOs