25 representatives of public associations from Republic of Moldova attended a training session on agro-ecological practices adapted to climate change

25 representatives of public associations from Republic of Moldova attended a training session on agro-ecological practices adapted to climate change

March 15-16, 2018 – 2 days. 24 public associations, 25 PA’s representatives. 5 SGP projects, including 4 ongoing. About two dozen of project ideas. These are quantifiable data defining the training session organized to develop the skills and capacity building of NGOs in writing competitive project proposals dedicated to promoting innovative agro-ecological practices adapted to climate change, developing project ideas and transfering good practice. The session was organized by the GEF Small Grants Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

The participants were keen to learn how to develop a project in the field of Climate Smart Innovative Agro-ecology and to ensure its relevance in line with GEF requirements. Among the topics addressed during the session, the following shall be mentioned:

  • Climate change and the need to adapt to climate change;
  • Agriculture impact on climate change;
  • Solutions on how to reduce the impact of agriculture on climate change:
  • conservation tillage,
  • intercropping and promotion of polyculture practices,
  • crops rotation and fallowing,
  • cover cropping and mulching,
  • crops/forests and livestock’s integrations,
  • deliberate and organized integrated nutrient management systems,
  • biological management of pests, diseases and weeds;
  • efficient water harvesting through small-scale irrigation in drylands ecosystems;
  • manipulation of vegetation structures and plant associations to improve efficiency of water use and increase biodiversity;
  • agro-forestry with use of multi-functional trees and nitrogen fixing abilities to improve soils;
  • use of local resources and renewable energy sources;
  • composting and waste recycling and generally provide for a resilient;
  • Agricultural landscape management;
  • General principles of permaculture.

The GEF Small Grants Programme continues to receive project proposals in the programme’s area of interest. The project proposals shall be received continuously and evaluated quarterly. More details can be found on http://sgpmoldova.org/ro/news_item/94.


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) provides nongovernmental and community‐based organizations (NGOs/CBOs) in developing countries with grants to enable them to tackle climate change, conserve biodiversity, protect international waters, reduce the impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and prevent land degradation. With these environment‐centered “grant projects” the programme also seeks to generate sustainable livelihoods and reduce poverty in the world’s neediest countries and regions. The SGP motto is “community action with global impact!”

Effective partnerships are key for SGP Moldova’s success. From management structures and funding mechanisms to grass‐roots action, partnerships permeate all aspects of SGP operations. NGOs/CBOs are viable channels to promote community empowerment, ownership and participation in development and can thus be considered as the most significant SGP partner. They can play an effective role in better understanding the local community's needs and demands and must be given a full chance to fulfill their responsibilities towards those communities. More information about the programme can be found on the website www.sgpmoldova.org and Facebook page GEF SGP Moldova.