National legislation on water and sanitation is in the process of updating and amending, in line with EU Directives. The Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment benefits from the support of foreign experts in the framework of the project “Strengthening the institutional framework in the water and sanitation sector in the Republic of Moldova (Phase 01), financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) by the end of 2019. The project supervision committee met today to present the main achievements in the project and set the objectives to be followed.
During the discussions, the operational plan for 2018, the project budget and the updated procurement plan were examined. It has also been specified that the project aims at improving institutional capacity for better management of the sector and streamlining investment in sustainable water and sanitation services. The overall aim of the project is to improve the health status of the Republic of Moldova population relative to water related diseases.
At the same time, the experts concluded that the institutions in the sector, including the key actors, are trying to organize and manage the water supply and sanitation sector more efficiently and are gradually improving their performance in the implementation of water supply and sanitation services and water resources, in a sustainable, efficient and equitable manner.
The project’s results include the Nistru River Basin District Management Plan, which was approved by the Government. The management plan for the Danube-Prut and Black Sea river basin district is also being discussed, to be approved by the Government in 2018.
A system for assessing the performance of the field will also be set up, where we can specify a set of indicators that are in line with the Sustainable Development Objectives, the Green Economy Strategy, the Water Supply and Sewerage Strategy for 2014-2028.
The budget for the first phase of the project is 4.9 million CHF, of which the co-financing is about 78% by the SDC and 22% by the ADA. The implementation period is 4 years.