Let’s go to the countryside! Together we can increase the tourist potential of villages on both banks of the Nistru River

Feb 21, 2014

imageEU-UNDP Programme supports tourism development on both banks of the Nistru river. Photo: Doina Munteanu/UNDP

Villages on both banks become more attractive to locals and tourists. After a 20-year break, an energy-saving system of street illumination with a length of 14 km was officially launched today in Ustia with the support of the EU-UNDP Programme financial assistance.

Over the next year, at least 250 vulnerable young people from the Speia village, situated on the left bank of the Nistru River, will acquire skills in making craft items and will be able to find a job. 10 new rural pensions will be created and 250 families from villages on both banks of the Nistru River will be connected to the „Let’s go to the countryside!” tourism network, by using various innovative tools. These were just some of the expected results of the new projects presented today by the EU-UNDP “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme within an event organized in the form of “sezatoare” – a traditional Moldovan handicrafts evening sitting, in the village of Ustia, Dubasari district.

The inhabitants of the two villages, Ustia and Speia, situated on both banks of Nistru, gathered today to promote and harness together the national traditions, to share experiences and learn more about the results and opportunities brought by the European Union (UE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the villages on both banks of the river within the “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme.

Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola, Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, noted that the Ustia event is an example of how people from both banks can establish relationships and together improve their life. "These traditions, your hospitality and the charming scenery of the Nistru River have a high touristic potential that could bring an extra income for rural families. Moreover, EU assistance to Ustia does not stop here, as there is already another project related to energy efficiency that will be implemented in Ustia, also in partnership with UNDP,  and which will further improve the quality of life in the village", he said.

Between talks, jokes, traditional rhythms and authentic doinas, the participants admired an exhibition of handcrafts made by inhabitants from both sides and took part in workshops on braiding dried corn husks, making up traditional “martisori” (red and white coloured braids worn in honour of spring), modelling clay, producing tapestry works and wood carving.      

 “We are delighted to be supporting both banks of the Nistru River in harnessing the touristic potential along the Nistru River. This support, provided with the European Union through the Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme, will help develop social infrastructure, establish valuable partnerships and make effective use of innovative techniques to increase the attraction of the countryside for locals and tourists. In doing so, this responds to the aspiration of people for “The Future We Want”, for more and better jobs and improved living conditions", said Nicola Harrington- Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova.

The “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme aims at increasing the level of confidence between people on both banks of the Nistru River, so that they work and improve together their living standards. To this effect, the European Union and the UNDP provide financial and technical assistance to their joint activities in five key areas: business development, civil society development, renovation of the social infrastructure, healthcare and environment protection.    

The Programme is implemented during 2012-2015 and the total budget is EUR 10,600,000, provided by the European Union (EUR 9,500,000) and UNDP (EUR 1,100,000).

Contact Information

Natalia Costas, Communication Consultant, SCBM Programme, (+ 373) 69221141, natalia.costas@undp.org