Workshops in Persistent Organic Pollutants Impact
Workshops on POPs impact on human health and environment are organized for BIOS members, partners, local public administration and farmers in order to disseminate knowledge about POPs sources and danger and take actions for sustainable community development.
Workshops in climate change and desertification issues
Workshops in climate change and desertification issues are carried out by NGO BIOS for Moldovan NGOs. The participatory methodology applied allowed the participants to creatively analyse the situation dictated by increased drought frequency in summers and more severe frosts in early and late spring. One of the main items of the agenda is the synergy among the RIO conventions: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Convention for Combating Desertification and the Convention on Biologic Diversity. Working in groups the participants have identified their own activity with one convention and have developed useful links for solution of different environmental problems through increased synergy and mobilisation of existing resources and knowledge and cooperation among NGOs at the local, national and regional level.
Workshops in Soil, Water and Biodiversity Conservation
The workshops “Terra – a chance for the third Millennium” are organised in the schools and colleges dedicated to the Day of the Earth for the teachers and students. The participants discussed the subjects of agriculture, environment pollution, climate change, desertification and the role of everybody in nature conservation. Schoolchildren and students are employed in training through various methods of participatory education, including group work, individual presentations, role play, brainstorming.
Workshops in prevention and control of soil erosion are performed in pilot villages local people discussing the most effective ways to reduce soil erosion processes. The most experimented farmers demonstrate their skills for the others to learn. The advantages and disadvantages of various actions and possibilities to test them are discussed.
Round tables in sustainable community development
Round table in sustainable community development are organised by BIOS office in cooperation with NGO “Uniunea Mesterilor Populari” and with the Department for Folklore of the Academy of Sciences, with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection, and the Association of Women’s Organisations of Moldova. The round tables are focused on working out of a pattern of rural community development work incorporating most of the concerns and problems of women and families, including women’s unemployment, their lack of financial independence, their problems with education of children in conditions of lacking child care and health protection facilities in many villages, migration of the working age population to foreign countries for an income, loss of old time values, etc.
Exhibitions of artisan work (carpets, dress ware, tin items, wooden decorations and small furniture items, needlework, tablecloths, napkins, etc) and bakery products (bread, biscuit, cake, twisted bread for weddings, funerals, christenings, other occasions, rolls, etc.) are prepared for the round tables, which are available for visits by all the villagers for the whole day.
The round tables and exhibitions preceded by a research of business, environmental protection and social protection opportunities in respective localities. The good practices are disseminated to other rural localities.
Round tables in environmental protection activities are organized in cooperation with the local public administration, NGOs, CBOs, farmers, ecological agencies, health protection services schools’ teachers and children. The outcome of the round tables are the concrete schedule of works, monitoring and evaluation; as well as a list of commitments made by the organisations present at the round tables.
Meetings with women
The purpose of the meetings are to find out the level of involvement in the decision making process in the development of the village and in farming issues, the services and infrastructure in rural areas, especially medical ones; the solutions of the problems related to the transition period and the privatization in agriculture, including a formal tool for communicating the decisions of women to the local authorities and decision makers.
Meetings are organized for schoolchildren and students in order to find out any of the needs pertaining to this group. The following issues are discussed: the quality of education in village schools in current difficult conditions when half the teachers lacking, the growing violence among young people throughout the country, the lack of jobs for young people both in the countryside and in the city, etc.
Meetings are held with teachers and educators from colleagues, schools and kindergartens, which request support in carrying out an extended programme for children education in environment protection and participatory methodology in environmental protection education of children.
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