Capacity building for the strategic promotion of young professionals in the environmental sector in the Republic of Moldova

Manual românesc de dezvoltare organizațională în sectorul de mediu din Republica MoldovaEnglish Handbook on Organisational Development in the Environmental Sector in Moldova

The Republic of Moldova is considered the poorest country in Europe. Since the 1990s, around one million of the former 4.3 million inhabitants left the country. Among these, 400,000 Moldovan citizens with a higher level of education. In 2014, already 25% of these were between 15-29 years olds. Environmental stakeholders in the Republic of Moldova suffer from this brain drain, because potential young professionals are migrating and the age structure of the staff is increasing. These young professionals are important because, as the third UN Economic Commission for Europe Environmental Performance Review report on the Republic of Moldova shows, the Republic of Moldova faces many significant environmental problems.
The 2014-2023 environmental strategy adopted in 2014 aims at the broad harmonisation of environmental standards with the European Union. As a result, the requirements of European law have already been extensively transferred to Moldovan national law at the legislative level. However, the legislation enacted is characterised by a high enforcement deficit.
The project aims to strategically improve the development of organisations for the necessary promotion of young professionals in the environmental sector in the Republic of Moldova. Organisational development and individual support go hand in hand with an increase in the professionalism of the organisations as well as an increase in the attractiveness for young professionals to work in the environmental sector. The upcoming generational change in the environmental sector of the Republic of Moldova can only be successfully shaped with a combined targeted promotion of organisations and young professionals in order to maintain and further qualify the established organisations.

In the course of the project, young professionals are enabled to work as junior staff and managers. The young professionals will be given a targeted insight into the fields of activity and processes of environmental NGOs and trained by experienced environmental NGO and government employees from the Republic of Moldova and Germany. The aim is to transfer the experience and knowledge of experienced actors (NGOs, local authorities, ministries) in a targeted manner and adapted to the needs of young people.
The project implements the following specific measures to achieve these goals:

  • Analysis of actors in the environmental sector in the Republic of Moldova
  • Creation and maintenance of an information portal of environmental NGOs in the Republic of Moldova
  • Basic workshop, advanced workshop and specialising workshops on organisational development as well as a Know-how transfer seminar
  • Development of a guide on organisational development for Moldovan NGOs
  • Development of a methodological manual on the promotion of young professionals in the environmental sector in the Republic of Moldova
  • NGO tandems and traineeships for young professionals in the Republic of Moldova
  • Dniester summer schools and autumn schools for capacity building and networking of young professionals in the Republic of Moldova
  • NGO simulation game for Moldovan young professionals
  • Delegation trip of Moldovan young professionals

06/2020 – 02/2023

Cooperation partner
Eco-Tiras, EcoVisio

Funded by
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) und German Environment Agency (UBA) within the framework of the Advisory Assistance Programme

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Patrick Konopatzki