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May 2005

In the last decade of May 2005 the ‘Eco-TIRAS’ group of five NGO leaders participated in the work of the European ECO-Forum during the 2nd Meeting of Parties of the Aarhus Convention and in the MOP itself. The group was actively involved in lobbying the amendments to the art. 6 of the Aarhus Convention, finally passed by MOP. as well as in adoption of other important documents related to use of electronic tools for public information and public participation in international forums. More info on http://www.unece.org/

June 2005

In June 2005 ‘Eco-TIRAS’ as river-basin organization signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the TWINBASIN Project www.twinbasin.org

April 2005

From April 2005 ‘Eco-TIRAS’ participates in partnership with Polish NGO ‘The Lower Silesian Foundation for Sustainable Development’ (Wroclaw) and Moldavian NGOs ‘Habitat’ (Rezina) and ‘Pelican’ (Bender, Transdniestria) inimplementation of the project on development of organic agriculture, biosafety and agrotourism in Dniester River Basin in Moldova. The project includes the study tour for 23 Moldavians to Poland, creation of three working groups to develop three new projects in these areas, and the conference on the project subject.

February 2005

From February 2005 "Eco-TIRAS" realizes the next stage of the project on strengthening of capacities of the Transnistrian NGOs, supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (USA) www.ned.org . This is the second stage of project directed to development of civil society in the Eastern part of Moldova in towns and villages, situated along the Dniester River. On the earlier stage, five resource centers for NGOs were established in Ribnita, Dubasari, Tiraspol, Bender and the Village of Ciobruciu to support local communities with information on environmental and social issues. The current stage has the aim to help Transnistrian NGO community to involve in the life of regional and pan-European NGO communities and to strengthen their sustainability. Among other activities, it includes participation of a group of Transdniestrian NGO leaders in the activities of European ECO-Forum related to the Second Meeting of Parties of the Aarhus Convention in Almaty and the MPO itself, as well as local actions for the benefit of local communities. NGO community itself should be trained and developed.