Ravines and eroded soils become forests in Copceac village

UN Moldova
May 2, 2018 · 5 min read
Seeding a mixture of fodder species in 2016.
Photo: Catalina Molodoi

This is the story shared by Vasile Tintari, mayor of Copceac village, Stefan Voda district, a pilot community where in 2015 the UNDP Moldova “Biodiversity Conservation” Project started its intervention.

At that time, Stefan Voda District Council together with the project experts selected Talmaza and Copceac villages to benefit from soil and fauna rehabilitation. Today, the inhabitants enjoy the results.

Improved pasture and hayfield. Photo: Catalina Molodoi

Ion, 38 years old, from Copceac village, together with his brother, Petru, 27 years old, were making a living by working abroad. After the pastures’ rehabilitation, they launched in 2016 a micro-farm at the outskirts of the village, with over 30 cattle heads and 10 sheep. They have all necessary equipment and they sell their production at a collection point.

Improved pasture in Copceac village. Photo: Aliona Miron

Another villager, Ion Chiperi, owner of two cows, tells us that before the pastures’ rehabilitation, he was buying hay from a private company. A bale’s price amounted to 35 MDL. Today, it costs about 1.6 MDL — the municipality provides him with 25 acres of pastures per animal, with sufficient hay to meet all needs.

Studying the vegetal carpet and determining productivity on pilot areas. Photo: Aliona Miron

Satisfied with the results of the project, the villagers have recently participated, on the 21st of April, in planting a forestry belt in Copceac village. The planting exercise covered 14 ha of degraded and eroded land.

The first acacia trees on the degraded lands from Copceac. Photo: Aliona Miron
Copceac villagers participate in planting. Photo: Catalina Molodoi

Alexandru Rotaru, Project Manager at UNDP Moldova, notes the openness and participation of Copceac villagers.

With UNDP support, the hay production in Copceac village accounted in 2017 for about 13 tones/ha of hay as compared to 0.5 tones/ha of hay registered before the rehabilitation works. The estimated revenues for this area, according to the market prices was about 222,375 MDL. According to forecasts, the investments for pastures’ improvement will be returned over a period of 4–5 years.

The UNDP Moldova Project “Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into Moldova’s territorial planning policies and land use practices” is implemented during 2015–2018, in four communities from Soroca and Stefan Voda districts. The project is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The most important achievements are: 102 ha of ecological corridors created by afforestation of degraded land plots and 100 ha of pastures restored by performing works to improve the herbaceous carpet.

An inventory was made for the species from Soroca and Stefan Voda, based on which were developed rare species passports and preservation measures were established. At the same time, studies regarding the habitats of the rare species in these two districts were conducted.

Monitoring of the terrestrial insect species. Photo: Livia Calestru

The project developed biodiversity-friendly management plans for community pastures and forests for the pilot communities, district spatial plans for Soroca and Stefan-Voda districts, general urban plans for 4 localities from the pilot districts, including biodiversity conservation aspects.

General Urban Plan of Copceac village, Stefan Voda district

As well, two eco-touristic guides for attractions from Soroca and Stefan-Voda districts were developed, so as studies on Economic Value of the ecosystem services from Soroca and Stefan Voda districts. Businesses based on ecosystem services’ use were are being piloted in 3 communities.

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