Nistru’s Day Celebrated in Moldova and Ukraine

Posted on 4.07.2019

On May 25-25, the celebration of Nistru river took place in Ivano-Frankovsk (Ukraine) and Vadul-lui-Voda (Moldova). 

During those days, the river brought together more than 400 people from both countries to a cultural festival, where there were meetings, an art exhibition of the “Watercolours of Nistru” contest, environmental activities, educational and entertainment events, discussions, music and dance performances of folk groups, as well as trips on the river. 

Nistru’s Day is organized on the last Sunday in May. The celebration was set up to attract attention to the problems of environment, to preserve natural richness of one of the most important arteries of Moldova and Ukraine, as well as to tell about the culture of people who live in its basin. The celebration became international in 2018.

GEF’s project on Nistru supported the official event that took place in Vadul-lui-Voda, a small town not far from Chisinau. Experts in environmental matters and water resources management from Moldova and Ukraine, representatives of international organizations, local people, young people and children took part in the event. Children and teachers from several schools from Odessa also visited the celebration. They took part in the beloved cross-border creativity contest “Watercolours of Nistru”.

“Thank you very much for your hospitality! You have our children joy, happiness, communication. Thank you for giving our children a chance to get to know rich Moldovan culture and to see the natural richness of Nistru in all its beauty. We would like very much to see you able to organize such feasts for the soul further as well”, – said Irina, a secondary school teacher from Odessa.

“The basin of Nistru has unique cultural and natural value. People from Moldova and Ukraine actively use Nistru’s water to cover for their various needs. I am glad that we are joining forces with our Ukrainian fellows more and more to use river resources rationally, to ensure cultural exchange and to educate future generations”,- said Nicolae Ciubuc, Minister of agriculture, regional development and environment of the Republic of Moldova.

Mikhail Khorev, first deputy director of the State Agency for Water Resources of Ukraine, also added that this event is becoming a symbol of strong cooperation between the countries in basin management and invited all to Nistru’s Day 2020, which will take place in Odessa region.

Besides line state authorities, representatives of Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and UNDP Moldova also supported the celebration.

Nistru’s Day has very well demonstrated the need for states and organizations to work together, to take care of the native river and its natural richness.
Watch video and listen to real stories about native Nistru (in Romanian;  ©UNDP MOLDOVA).