Environment in emerging and transition economies

National policy dialogue (NPD) in Moldova



Year of NPD launch:  2006

Present NPD Chair(s) and strategic partners in the government: Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Health

Source of NPD funding: European Union, Government of Austria, Government of the Czech Republic, Government of Germany, Government of Switzerland, Government of the United Kingdom

The OECD and UNECE, as implementing partners of the EUWI, provided guidance through a series of meetings and stakeholder consultations which are summarised below: 

  • The national policy dialogue (NPD) on integrated water resource management (IWRM) in the Republic of Moldova started in 2006. As a result, three policy packages were adopted in 2009-2010 which include a Government Order on wastewater discharges from municipal sources (2009), a draft order of the state agency “Apele Moldovei” on the establishment of river basin management authorities and river basin councils (2009), and an action plan to achieve the water-related MDGs under the Protocol on Water and Health. 
  • The NPD on water supply and sanitation (WSS) also started in 2006. Its first phase (2006–2007) was devoted to developing a National Financing Strategy for urban and rural WSS. This lead to a revision of the governmental strategy for WSS in order to better reflect financial issues. In the second phase (2009–2010) the newly developed mid-term action and investment plan was brought in line with the principles previously led down in the Financing Strategy. 
  • In 2012, NPD activities in Moldova focused on two issues: the adaptation of WSS to climate change and the implementation of sustainable business models for sanitation in small towns and rural settlements. These were facilitated primarily by OECD through the organisation of two Steering Committee meetings (on 23 March and 8 June 2012, respectively), and the delivery of an expert workshop on Sustainable Business Models for Rural Wastewater Services (26 April 2012).
  • A bilateral Treaty on the protection and use of the water resources in the Dniester basin was signed between Moldova and Ukraine on 29 November 2012 as one of the results of a series of projects supported by OSCE, UNECE and UNEP.
  • A joint meeting combining the 20th meeting of the EUWI National Policy Dialogue on Water Policy in Moldova and the 4th Steering Committee Meeting of the project
    «Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova» 
    was held on 7 November 2014. The meeting agenda and minutes reflect the topics discussed.
  • A joint meeting combining the 21st meeting of the EUWI National Policy Dialogue on Water Policy in Moldova and the 5th Steering Committee Meeting of the project 
    «Implementation of targets under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova» 
    was held on 20 May 2015. The meeting agenda and minutes reflect the topics discussed.

 Project Progress:

Further Reading



You can consult the Country Review about the priorities, key achievements and plans for the future.


Adapting Water Supply and Sanitation to Climate Change in Moldova

The report includes further analyse selected adaptation measures from the reference scenario developed in the report “Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources and WSS Systems in Moldova and Inventory Possible Adaptation Measures” (Task 1 Report) and proposes a financially sustainable adaptation strategy for the water supply and sanitation sector.


Business Models for Rural Sanitation in Moldova

This report presents possible approaches to introducing sustainable business models for water and sanitation services in Moldova, with focus on small towns and rural settlements.


Strengthening the economic regulatory system for WSS in Moldova - Interim Report

This Interim Report aims to support the development of a sound ERS in Moldova. It provides the context within which the ERS for Moldova has to operate, analyses the performance of the current ERS in Moldova, anlyses best practise and experience from selected countries that is potentially applicable in Moldova and provides three scenarios based on which policymakers can take the further development of Moldovas ERS at hand.


Improving Domestic Financial Support Mechanisms in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Moldova

The Final Report has taken into account received comments from discussions and the Interim Report that was shared with the stakeholders to communicate the findings, verify the facts and conclusions and provide a basis for developing scenarios and recommendations. The Final Report provides additional chapters presenting results of the next stages of the Project. 


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