COVID response: Green economy
As the pandemic is making its mark across the globe, the effects of climate change have not stopped their own mark. Nor has our work in supporting climate action and green transformation in Moldova.
Moldova is already dealing with the severe impacts of climate change, such as the rising frequency of climate-induced disasters, degrading ecosystems, and pressures on agriculture. The COVID-19 pandemic makes urban and rural communities even more vulnerable and has the potential to slow national climate actions.
The improvements we have seen due to global lockdowns and restrictions – reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, flourishing biodiversity – will be short-lived unless the government continues to deliver on its climate commitments once the crisis is over and the global economy resumes.
We have the opportunity for a more environmentally friendly, sustainable and resilient future. To do this, we need to invest in green jobs, not bail out polluting industries, end fossil fuel subsidies, and mainstream climate in all financial and policy decisions.
As Moldova grapples with economic downturns, it will be tempting to return fast and hard, but we must balance economic growth with sustainable solutions that allow us to be resilient when future crises hit.
We are working with the government, local communities, civil society and the private sector to develop COVID-19 response and recovery plans that embrace renewable energy, sustainable business, green urban planning and nature-based jobs and livelihoods.