Republic of Moldova

In Eastern Europe, to the east of Romania and the west of Ukraine, lies 33,851 sq km Moldova. The country's western border is formed by the Prut River, which flows into the Danube before its waters empty into the Black Sea. Landlocked Moldova has no shore on the sea, but its proximity to it affects the climate, which is moderate continental. From the country's lowest point of 2 m, along the Dniester River, it rises to the height of 430 m at Dealul Balanesti. The low, rolling hills are interspersed with river valleys and flatter plains covered in grasslands or forest.

The Republic of Moldova acceded to the Bern Convention on 24 May 1994, which entered into force the same year. Since the country started working on the setting-up of the Emerald Network, it has listed more than 20 different habitats of European importance which need a specific site preservation, such as the Thermophilous and Supra-Mediterranean oak woods and the Continental Steppe.

36 sites have been identified as suitable to join the Emerald Network in the country (by February 2016), 18 of which have already been officially nominated as candidate Emerald sites by the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention in December 2015. These sites would help preserve habitats for the beautiful lady's-slipper orchid, Cypripedium calceolus, the great crested newt, Triturus cristatus, and the huchen or Danube salmon, Hucho hucho. The largest permanent freshwater salmon and more than 85 other species of plants and animals of European importance [(listed in the Emerald Network Res. 4 (1996) and Res. 6 (1998)] are identified as present in the country and should be protected by the country through the Emerald Network.

The 36 potential Emerald sites cover 3127.62 km2, 9.28% of the country territory.

Latest activities in the Republic of Moldova

Emerald Network evaluation seminar in Chisinau

11-13 May 2016 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Independent scientific experts, national authorities and NGOs from Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine met to work towards the setting-up of the Emerald Network -...

Year 2015 Calendars focussing on the Emerald Network

January 2015
Two national Emerald teams produced a Year 2015 Calendar focussing on the Emerald Network in their countries. The Republic of Moldova illustrated their Calendar 2015 with a map indicating their...

Project results for 2013 in the Republic of Moldova available now

February 2014 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
2013 has been a busy year for the national Emerald team in Moldova. Aside from working hard on the finalisation of the country database and identifying and gatering ecological information on a new...

First national event in the Republic of Moldova

13-14 May 2013 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
The first event in the frame of the project for the Republic of Moldova, a technical Emerald Seminar, took place in Chisinau on 13-14 May 2013.

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Contact person in the republic of Moldova

Ms Angela Losan
Head of Biosafety Office
Ministry of Environment
9, Cosmonautilor Str.
MD 2005 Chisinau
Tel: +373 22 22 68 74