NGO BIOS started its activity in 1993 and was registered in February 1995 as a non-profit group committed to work in the areas of sustainable agriculture, environmental protection and rural community development in the Republic of Moldova. NGO BIOS devotes all its efforts to the improvement of the environment and life conditions of the people based on sustainable development principles.
The main directions of the Organization’s activity are as follows: Research and Development, Sustainable Development Activities, Training, Education and Awareness Building.
NGO BIOS is accredited to UNFCCC and UNCCD. NGO BIOS is a member of: International Union of Soil Sciences, International Land Coalition, the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation, the GEF NGO Network, the Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organizations in UNFCCC, the Working Group on Environment, Climate and Energy Security of the Eastern Partnership Platform, the National Platform of CSOs of the EU Eastern Partnership and the Danube Local Actors Platform Advisory Committee.
NGO BIOS members and staff acquired expertise in modern methods of training in sustainable agriculture, environmental protection, entrepreneurship, rural businesses in various training programmes, such as: training courses in: participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation (Wageningen International, the Netherlands, 2009), the structure and the decision making process of the EU institutions as well as the role of the European Associations present in Brussels (NGO “European Citizen Action Service”, Brussels, Belgium, 2007); organic agriculture and agrotourism (Dolnośląska Fundacja Ekorozwoju Lowersilesian, Wrocław, Poland, 2005); best agricultural practices (Carl Bro, Denmark, Secretariat of Danube Convention, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, 2006); community sustainable development (Overseas Development Group, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 2004); participatory technology development, (ODG, UEA, Norwich, UK, 2003); participatory farmer research, (ODG, UEA, Chisinau, Moldova, 2003); sustainable agriculture and participatory training (ODG, UEA, Norwich, UK, 2001); monitoring and evaluation of the projects, programs, organizations (ETC International, the Netherlands, Chisinau, Moldova, 2001); institutional development and organisational strengthening for NGOs (MDF, the Netherlands, Chisinau, 2001); entrepreneurship, business and methodology of training (Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2001); methodology for participatory training, (Edinburgh, UK, 1994; Mangalia, Romania, 2001); Sustainable land use management on the slopes (Regional Scholar Exchange Program, Oxford, USA, 1997); participatory methodology for carrying out social surveys (WB, Chisinau, 1997); environment impact assessment, European Summer School: Sciences, Society, Environment, (Chamrousse, France, 1995); strategic planning and economic development (University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1995).
The acquired expertise was practically employed in development and delivery of participatory training events for farmers and for extension and training providers of the National Farmers’ Federation of Moldova (NFFM), Agricultural University of Moldova, colleges, NGOs working in the rural areas.