The voice of environmental NGOs will become stronger, and their actions at local level more prominent. In the next seven months, six environmental NGOs from Moldova will benefit from an institutional capacity development program offered by Sweden and UNDP under the “Sustainable and resilient communities through women empowerment” project.

The beneficiary NGOs are "Atos" in Basarabeasca district, "Umanitate-Bărboieni" in Nisporeni district, "Vis și Realitate" in Leova district, "Progresul dendrologic" in Chișinău, "OT Comrat MEM" in ATU Gagauzia and "Vitality" in the Transnistrian region. These were selected as result of a public competition conducted by the project.

The implementation of the institutional capacity development program for the environmental NGOs will be supported by the Romanian Agency for Regional Development North-East, selected through an international competition. Environmental NGOs will benefit from an individual program for institutional capacity development in the following areas: project management; technical skills and resources; financial management and internal control/audit; management capacities in procurement and human resources management; and other areas to be identified as result of an institutional capacity review process.

As a result of this program, representatives of the six non-governmental organizations will strengthen their capacities and will actively engage in promoting and implementing climate resilience measures and environmentally friendly practices at the local level. At the same time, NGOs will provide local authorities and women with the necessary expertise in the field of gender responsive climate change resilience building, disaster risk management and sustainable development.

The “Sustainable and resilient communities through women empowerment” project contributes to the sustainable development and increased resilience to climate change of local communities in Nisporeni, Calarasi, Basarabeasca, Leova districts, ATU Gagauzia, the security zone and Transnistrian region through economic, social and educational empowerment of women. The project beneficiaries are environmental NGOs, local public administrations, women entrepreneurs, and women-led households in the target districts who will be assisted in identifying, formulating, planning and implementing initiatives to reduce environmental degradation and enhance climate change resilience at the local level. The project is implemented by UNDP between 2020 and 2023 with the financial assistance of Sweden.

Contact person: Natalia Costas, Communication and Media Relations Consultant, tel.: 0 69 22 11 41; e-mail: natalia.costas@undp.org

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