Discovering the biodiversity of Moldova
Moldova, its 116 rare and endangered species, and more, are in the spotlight of this month's European Country Focus.
Moldova is located in South Eastern Europe and its proximity to the Black Sea makes its moderately continental climate mild and sunny. At its southernmost tip, the country reaches the Danube basin. The four eco-regions of the country provide home to significant biological diversity. The National Red Data Book of Moldova includes various relictual species (of which some endemic to the Black Sea basin) with 116 rare and endangered species. The current protected area system counts for 4.65% of the territory. Most of the landscape and biological diversity is conserved within the four nature reserves and other protected categories (landscape reserves, multifunctional management areas, natural monuments etc.).
The Moldovan Country Focus in June focuses on the governance and management of forest resources in the country with the ENPI FLEG Program, of which IUCN is one of the implementing organizations. In addition, the BIOTICA Ecological Society, an IUCN Member, and its activities are in the spotlight. Among these are: developing of National Ecological Network as part of the Pan-European Ecological Network, and contributing to improving the cooperation between stakeholders of both river banks in the Lower Dniester river. In the Focus you will also find an interview with Aurel Lozan, ENPI FLEG National Coordinator and a member of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM).
Find out more about Moldova’s conservation efforts here.
Take a look at the wonderful pictures from Moldova on the Country Focus picture gallery.