Lower Dniester Wetlands provide environmental services worth 39 million euros annualy
Posted on 26.07.2019
Ecosystem services are the many and varied benefits that people receive free of charge from the natural environment and from functioning ecosystems. A new phase in the development of this theme began in 1970, it is being reflected in the Global Ecosystem Assessment (UN, 2005), activities of UN FAO, UNECE, UNDP, the World Resource Institute, and is incorporated to several Sustainable Development Goals.
The GEF Dniester Project presents a study “Assessment of Ecosystem Services in the Lower Dniester Basin”, based on the GEF methodology and considering studies carried out in the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, as well as abroad. The study took into account the following ecological services: tourism and recreation, water purification, fisheries, building materials, climate regulation, medicinal plants, biodiversity support, education and science. The study covers three Ramsar wetlands: the Lower Dniester in Moldova, the Dniester-Turunchuk Crossrivers Area, and the Northern Part of the Dniester Liman in Ukraine.
The main conclusion of the work is that the annually wetlands of the Lower Dniester provide services equal to 10.2 million EUR in Moldova and 29 million EUR in Ukraine. Even a small share of these funds, if effectively involved in the economy of the region, could contribute to the growth of the local population’s welfare and improve state of the environment in the Lower Dniester region.