Crisis Response

Crises strike first the rural poor and women

Moldova is highly vulnerable to climate change and disasters, with an average annual economic loss of 2.13% of GDP. Due to catastrophic events of 0.5% annual probability occurrence, the country will lose 10% of GDP per year. Disasters are affecting primarily the population living in the rural areas, where poverty is 7.5 times higher than in large cities, and women, who are more vulnerable and exposed to disaster risks. According to climate scenarios, in Moldova the average temperature is expected to increase with 2–3º C by 2050, resulting in more acute weather patterns and respectively in increased frequency and magnitude of climate-related disasters.  

Speed, effectiveness and predictability

UNDP is committed to support countries in a crisis context and to deploy immediate response and relief measures while helping communities to build resilience, the ability to cope with and quickly bounce back from unexpected and disruptive natural events. The United Nations Development Programme makes a critical contribution to these efforts, by being present on the ground immediately after the onset of a crisis and linking humanitarian response to long term recovery. Due to its convening powers, UNDP is also facilitating the inter-sectorial coordination and collaboration for effective disaster prevention, preparedness and response efforts.  


Heavy snowfall of 2017
Heavy rain and hail and the late frost of 2016
Flood of 2010
Drought of 2007

383,000 women and men


wheat seeds, fertilizers, diesel fuel, fodder, corn seeds and food packs to recover after the 2007 drought, which compromised the harvest in over 80 per cent of the Republic of Moldova’s agricultural lands.

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