Ecological Networks Seminar opened today

13 October 2011 | News story

Two days long Seminar dedicated to the development and creation of regional sectors of Pan-European Ecological Network (PEEN) was opened today in Chisinau, Moldova. Organized by IUCN and BIOTICA Ecological Society in cooperation with the Institute of Zoology of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova and the Ministry of Environment, the Seminar is contributing to the international conference marking 50 years anniversary of the Institute.

The Seminar was opened by welcome speeches given by Mr. Furdui, Vice-president of Academy of Science of Moldova, Mr. Salaru, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, Mr Sepp, Vice-President of IUCN and Mr. Toderas, director of Institute of Zoology of Academy of Science of Moldova.

“The aim of our Union remains the same: to protect biodiversity,” says Kalev Sepp, IUCN Councillor and Vice President. "Protected areas as part of well designed ecological networks are essential for achieving this goal."

Participants will learn about the recent projects that focus on ecological networks in Moldova, such as IUCN/BIOTICA project “Development of the National Ecological Network of Moldova as part of the Pan-European Ecological Network, with emphasis on transboundary cooperation”, UNDP/GEF project “Improving Coverage and Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area System in Moldova” and Emerald project coordinated by Moldovan Ministry of Environment.

Additionally, approaches from neighbouring countries and the EU (with emphasis on Natura 2000 network) will be presented and discussed while the special attention would be given to cooperation across borders.

For further information please contact Tomasz Pezold, Ecosystems Project Officer at IUCN Programme Office for South Eastern Europe.