Tipova natural landscape reservation near Tipova village in Moldova is a unique place due to its ecological, cultural and historical perspective, and I’m happy to live there.
Although officially it’s a natural reservation and thousands of people annually come to visit it – actually nothing is done to protect it or develop it in a sustainable way. The area suffers from garbage pollution, climate changes and irresponsible attitude. This is the reason why we decided to make our local action here. It has got the name: “Protect Tipova – Act Sustainably!”
The idea was to raise awareness of both locals and tourists about Tipova landscape reservation as a place for environmental friendly behavior and sustainable tourism. We decided to supply the reservation area with informational panels including data about the natural reservation and the rules of conduct in this area. For this aim we planned to organize a grassroots movement mobilizing the ecologically-minded youngsters who were partial to the topic.
First of all in the frame of Republican Center “Gutta-Club” we have organized a workshop on environmental pollution and grassroots movements responding to this problem with the examples from different countries and our surroundings. Then I suggested to develop the ideas for our area of interest.
In the process the core of our future Tipova grassroots team showed up, and together we continued developing the idea and the design of future informational panels. We have got much help and support from each other, many things were implemented voluntary, for instance workshop materials and snacks, the design of the informational panels, their transportation from the capital to Tipova village, installation of the panels. We streamed the photos of the process on social media introducing locals to our work and success. All this took place in September – October 2019, and at the beginning of November the informational panels were finally installed.
With our Local Action we actually managed to reach 3 target groups: Tipova locals, tourists coming to this area and ecologically-minded youngsters from different districts and Tipova itself. For us it was a good experience of creating our own ecological grassroots movement, of collaborating within a team, of implementing a concrete project with a concrete budget and fixed desired results. For me it became a great experience of projecting and coordinating a local action (it was the first of mine!) Also I am happy to meet really nice ecologically-minded youngsters, to found out their interests and capacities during the workshop and further common work – so it will be easier to make the next local grassroots actions together!
We already plan the next steps towards more sustainable future in our region, promoting eco-tourism, combating the garbage pollution and raising the ecological awareness which can really change the things.