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On May 12-13 Eco-TIRAS in partnership with German non-profit Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, Berlin, organized the international workshop “Transboundary Dniester River Basin Management in European Perspective: Institutional and Public Participation Aspects”. See the Program, list of participants, main reports and photos. The workshop is organized as a part of the European Commission twinning project ‘PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN INTEGRATED DNIESTER RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT: NGO CAPACITY BUILDING IN MOLDOVA’ (2005-2006). The workshop is also supported by Milieukontakt Oost Europa site , National Endowment for Democracy, REC Moldova and US Embassy in Moldova

In August 2005 Eco-TIRAS will organize in partnership with NGOs-members three seminars in the North, Central part and South of the Dniester River basin in Moldova. These seminars are intended to raise public awareness on the concept of Integrated River Basin Management and to discuss the draft of the report of Moldavian and Ukrainian Working Groups with a common view on the current situation in the Dniester River basin and priority measures to be taken to improve it. The draft of the report should appear soon at . Seminars will be organized with kind support of the Royal Embassy of Norway in Bucharest.

November 2005. Eco-TIRAS member from Ukraine – Mama-86 informs from the Kuchiurgan River (Lower Dniester left tributary) on the situation created in the result of illegal construction of fish ponds which deteriorated river hydrology and seriously damaged Village Stepanovka.Mesage from Svetlana Slesarenok (rus) Decision (ucranian)

In the end of June 2005 ‘Eco-TIRAS’ jointly with Polish NGO ‘The Lower Silesian Foundation for Sustainable Development’ (Wroclaw) and Moldavian NGOs ‘Habitat’ (Rezina) and ‘Pelican’ (Bender, Transdniestria) organized a study visit of 23 Moldavian farmers, NGO leaders and governmental officials to Poland. The visit helped to study the experience of Poland in development of organic agriculture, biosafety and agrotourism. The study trip was supported by RITA Program and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. After this visit, three Working Groups on these issues were created to develop the concepts of further projects in these fields for the territory of Dniester River basin in Moldova. The group leaders are: Valeriu Rusu, Habitat (Agro-tourism), Valentin Ciubotaru, BIOS (organic agriculture) and Eco-TIRAS (Biosafety-GMO).