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BIOTICA is registered as a national Moldovan not-for-profit non-political environmental association in April 2nd, 1993. (Non-profit number 158.) The organization "BIOTICA" consists of scientists, experts, teachers and students in ecology, biology and law. Membership - 40 (of which 10 hold PhDs).
BIOTICA has three main areas of activity:
- Conservation of biodiversity;
- Development of national environmental legislation;
- Creation of legal basis for NGOs activity in Moldova.
Results of Activity:
BIOTICA has organized expeditions and field studies on the conservation of endangered species and habitats along the river Dniester, proposed to local authorities the programme of revitalization of the State Reserve "Iagorlic" after the civil war of 1991-1992 (supported by ISAR/USAID, the World Nature Association (private USA foundation) and local energetic enterprises).
BIOTICA proposed numerous amendments to Moldovan environmental drafts: "On Protective Zones of Rivers and Water Bodies," "On Wildlife," "On Environmental Impact Assessment Law," etc. For example, national environmental legislation introduced a procedure for public participation in environmental decision making (EIA Law); and 32 taxons of invertebrates were additionally protected as well as wolves. BIOTICA is the author of the draft of the law "On Access to Environmental Information" (supported by Eurasia Foundation/USAID), whose content closely connected with ECE Directive 313/90 and Sofia'95 Declaration. This draft is presented to the Parliament in October 1996 and to the Environmental Committee of the Interparliamentary Assembly of CIS countries in St. Petersbourg as a model law for the countries of the community.
In 1994-1996 BIOTICA refined the draft of the Law "On Citizens' Associations" with support from the Eurasia Foundation/USAID and presented it to the Parliament. The draft law was passed in the Parliament of Moldova on May 17, 1996 and officially published January 23, 1997. In 1995 BIOTICA prepared the large report "Legal and Financial Environment of NGOs in Moldova" to establish the local office of "New-REC" in Moldova (support of the Regional Environmental Center, Hungary).
Together with several other Moldovan environmental NGOs, BIOTICA is trying to introduce high ethic standards of activity and cooperation in the Moldovan "third sector" and initiated the agreement in this field. BIOTICA actively participates with 12 other NGOs in the large project "Development of the Sphere of Ecology in Moldova", supported by GTZ, Germany, as well in the implementation of "New-RECs" project in Moldova. BIOTICA regularly publishes informative materials in national newspapers and different magazines (in English, for example, Russian Conservation News, 1996-1997, numbers 8-10).
BIOTICA is a member of Social-Ecological Union (Moscow) and correspondent-member of the European Environmental Bureau (Brussels).
This organizational description was taken from Biotica's Information page.
Last updated: July 1997
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).