Local Action - Global Impact
On December 14, 2012, the Vorniceni Village Council, Republic of Moldova, approved a decision (nr. 8/16) concerning using a land area for the purpose of creating a green square (2,65 ha), this constituting one of the objectives of the Socio-Economic Development Strategy of Vorniceni village.
The Decision of the Village Council to plant trees on the respective public plot was taken due to the mutual initiative of the local civil society and the "Terra-1530" NGO. From the very start partners were committed to finding a solution for a community problem of global importance.
It is an opportunity for more than 5000 inhabitants of Vorniceni village to participate in the project implementation, particularly those working abroad that may contribute financially. 2. There are more and more discussions about ecological education in Moldova today but there is a stringent lack of a real model.
Goal - the forestation of the 2,65 ha area is to begin in 2016-2018. Objectives: 1. Preparation of the village citizenry, over 5,000 people, to make decisions related to environmental problems by involving them in volunteer activities such as the installation of a metallic fence surrounding the square as well as setting up an information panel, dustbins, benches, sidewalks and lamps throughout the plot; 2. Providing knowledge about Vorniceni village by distributing the "Adevarul" publication ("The Truth"); 3. Posting short videos on YouTube; and 4. Holding international conferences with Romanian and Ukrainian partners to promote similar activities.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
The main problem we are trying to solve consists of two main points: lack of work places for youth and lack of green spaces for rest.
The development of the project is going to be done in several steps: creating of a project (already done); building of small architectural forms (pergolas, pavilions, benches, and a fountain) and walk roads; planting of trees; creating flowerbeds and providing wireless Internet. The main beneficiaries of the solution are villagers and of course every person coming to visit the place for some recreation. Another benefit would be the further appearance of similar green zones all other the world. An indirect benefit of such places is providing a new way of thinking and perception of the world by the youth.
From the very start many partners were committed to finding a solution for a community problem of global importance.
If we speak about the innovative aspects of our project we can note that no country in the world has samples of such projects. Thereby we can be an international example for creating of such squares all other the world, that by turn will initiate in the landscape gardening of the planet.
Moreover, creating green zones like this provides sustainability of green spaces and unification of all existing green zones, which in such countries as Moldova are placed separately from one another.
The results of creating of a square are really influential. First of all this will create a place for rest and recreation, an area will be cleaned up and there will be the unification and broadening of green spaces.
Over a period of three years from the planting of the square the representatives of the Forest Research Institute will control the planting and its quality. Also, all the planted trees and shrubs will be given the care they need. For providing of this care we will involve people from the village (employment opportunities for the youth).
The creation of the square will also lead to exchange of experience with other countries, which allows us to involve new financial resources at an international level.
The forestation will constitute our response to the global warming phenomenon.
The forestation of the above mentioned land area is a part of the Socio-Economic Development Strategy of Vorniceni village for the following 20 years.
The main idea is to reconstruct the square in Vorniceni Village in the way to create a beautiful place for rest and to provide new work places. The long-term goal is developing of a green area with an international importance. The short – term goal is to make an ecological inspection to cut the old and damaged trees and to plant the new ones (autumn). The global idea is to create an example of a square, having as a back fought that creating such squares in the entire counties can wide the green spaces and provide their sustainability. In order to complete the project we need both financial and human resources. As human resources are involved people from the village. The project will be started in autumn 2015 and has some several steps: creating of roads, small architectural forms, creating of a fence, planting and creating of flowerbeds. The provision of the appropriate care is also stipulated by the plan.
Forests provide a lot of diverse benefits to societies. Besides the fact that wood processing and forest products provide significant contributions to the development of national economies, forests play a major role in maintaining the natural ecological balance. Unfortunately, the Republic of Moldova has the lowest percentage of forest area in Europe- 11.4 %.
The capacity of Moldova’s forests to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is about 2,230,000 tons per year. Forests also substantially contribute to reducing soil erosion and landslides. The protective role of the forests is of vital importance for Moldova because of the substantial variance in temperature that occurs, as well as the frequent droughts and shortages of water, land's ‘propensity to slides and a decrease in soil fertility up to 40 -50%, due to erosion processes. The multitude of benefits of forests is inexhaustible.