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Dorina Lisnic, Soroca: Urban Revitalization helped me at revitalizing my own personality

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12 July 2019
Visits: 104

The Urban Revitalization Programme has come to the presentation and public consultation levels – the Programme’s responsible persons will be telling us about the ways they have identified the degraded zones, the community’s needs and the innovative solutions for cities.

We wrote about municipalities of Ungheni, Edinet and Balti, so today we are going to tell you more about the Soroca mun. through the experience of Dorina Lisnic, the main specialist in the Mayoralty and the responsible for the Urban Revitalization.
After gathering a multitude of opinions and thoughts, visual proofs about the city’s condition, Dorina, with the support of the local team and Maria Axenti, local facilitator, has elaborated a proper Urban Revitalization Programme, which served as a valuable example. We shouldn’t forget the main goal of it is helping the participatory development of the cities. “URP starts with a thorough analysis of Soroca, an analysis executed according to the necessary indicators“, tells us Dorina. “During this process of diagnosing the existing issues, we have noticed many difficulties. For e.g., the social domain is characterized by the increasing rate of the elder population, the lack of education interest of children from the Rroma communities and the high unemployment rate“, mentions Dorina. The economical issues, where the entrepreneurial activity is quite low could also be added, whereas the environmental problems are even worse due to the presence of the non-authorized waste spaces, the irregular city waste management and other. There are no recreation zone, and the roads are in a really bad condition.

The Dealul Romilor (NA – The Rroma Hill) was chosen as the revitalization zone, but we also added a small part from the HidroInpex zone and from the Agricultural College zone“, emphasizes Dorina. “The micro-region has a valuable human potential, which we want to involve in the further development of our city. The zone has many areas that could be used as spaces for organizing special professional courses for the community, while the houses of the Rroma community may serve as a touristic attraction and, we believe, one of the main elements in building the cultural identity of Soroca“, adds Dorina.

Some of the projects ideas were the capital repair of the No. 4 kindergarten in order to encourage children from the Rroma community to frequent the education institution, the elaboration of professional courses, as well as organizing a Rroma Festival, arranging and strengthening the public spaces, launching awareness campaigns on the waste management topic, creating a national center for the Rroma community were among the interesting proposals, identified after the various discussions with the locals.

I’m going to be really honest about this – I truly believe that the URP will change the community life for the better. Yes, it’s the most degraded zone of the Mun. I wish to improve the well-being of the zone’s inhabitants, as everyone deserves to live in better conditions“, ads Dorina. “The children from the community have to attend a kindergarten, built upon the European conditions. Fighting for eliminating the social segregation between the Rroma community and the Moldovan locals is one of my priorities – yes, the discrimination lever is quite high and one could freely notice the existing discrepancies, but it’s absolutely necessary to be together, to work and to help each other“.

Before the interview, we’ve been asking ourselves if the locals are involved in the process, but we have noticed quite fast that the community is interested in the changes, which will be brought through URP – approximately 45 people attended the public consultation session and were very active when discussing the Soroca’s URP. “People are interested in the area’s development – some of them are even ready to contribute with voluntary work or, if possible, financially“. The representatives of the Rroma community have stated that they would also participate in the realization of the URP’s projects.

I want to confess that the Programme helped me at revitalizing my own personality. I have developed working abilities in a domain that I wasn’t aware of, but in which, thanks to the help of our facilitators and international experts, I have managed to create a very good Programme. I am proud of the actions I’ve taken“, sums up Dorina.

  • The Soroca’s URP responsible person – Dorina Lisnic
  • Email: lisnic.dorina79@mail.ru
  • Phone: +373 6931 83 49
  • Local Facilitator – Maria Axenti, Centrul de Urbanism

Photos: FGM, Vadim Șterbate, Maria Axenti.

This article is a part of the series of implemented activities in the context of promoting the Urban Revitalization approach in Republic of Moldova.

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Eduard Balan, Ungheni: The citizens dream of a recreational and multifunctional zone in Ungheni-Vale

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12 July 2019
Visits: 114

The Revitalization Process comprises many Moldovan cities. This time, we’ll be talking about Ungheni – the seventh biggest city from Moldova and one of the main customs points of the country.

I am involved in the Program since its initiation. I have participated in two visits in Poland, where I was informed about the nuances of Urban Revitalization. Afterwards, we’ve applied to the technical support call, through which we got the financial sources to elaborate the Program. Then, we’ve gone through all the stages – territory indicator analysis, zone division based on the presence of seven local initiative groups”, Eduard Balan tells us, vice-mayor of the Ungheni Mun. and the responsible person for Urban Revitalization of the municipality. He mentioned the identification of three degraded zones, out of which, after a thorough research of the multi-sectorial committee with Mayoralty specialists and other domains, the Ungheni-Vale sub-region was chosen as a revitalization zone.

The Consultation Committee, with which we have regular meetings, is comprised of Mayoralty representatives and members of the local initiative group, such as its President, active citizens, young people from the revitalization zone’s Youth Centre, a representative of the Border Police college and an economical agent”, he mentions.

Of course, there was needed a thorough analysis of the zone. The citizens have expressed, as well, their ideas and desires regarding Ungheni-Vale and what could be change in the area. “We have 10 project ideas, which during three years (a.n. – 2019 – 2021) might lead to impressive changes in the city, so the situation would be improved, whilst the negative indicators would be reduced or even removed”, Mr. Balan hopes.

The vice-mayor mentions that after the implementation of the Program, the things will get better, especially since the citizens are more active and they get involved in the process of solving the city’s problems. “I wish we didn’t stop here. The citizens dream of a recreational zone, where they’ll find a multifunctional area for children, sports activities, elderly people, a resting space and a summer theatre.

An advice from Mr. Balan is that every person from every city’s community should be actively involved in the development processes of urban zones.

  • The Ungheni’s URP responsible person – Eduard Balan
  • Email: viceprimar.balan@gmail.com
  • Local facilitator : Ion Ungureanu, Centrul de Urbanism

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Marina Vorbanet, Edinet: The whole Revitalization Process and Program was challenging for me

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12 July 2019
Visits: 111

Today, we’re talking about the Edinet Municipality and the positive changes, that will take place through the Revitalization Program.

Initially, the whole Program was an enormous challenge, as I, actually, am not from Edinet”, says Maria Vorbanet, Specialist at the Edinet Mun.’s Mayoralty and the responsible person for Urban Revitalization in Edinet Mun. “When getting this position in the process, I’ve managed to find out so much about Edinet – so many discoveries at the zone, human and even institution services levels. I got to know people that are actively involved in the city’s life. And now, there’s a clearer vision of what is going on in the region – I am more initiated in the city’s vitality”, Marina explains.

Edinet, as many other Moldovan regions, is in need of interventions that will rehabilitate its image by improving certain spaces in bad condition, as well as life’s social aspects. “After Consultation Committee’s meetings and through discussions with institutions from the chosen revitalization zone ‘Mendeleev’, I have found out more about the city’s problems – the difficulties the citizens encounter, the changes they need. I have visited the kindergarten, the high school and a few NGOs and managed to discuss with their workers”, Marina tells.

According to her, some of the identified problems would be the lack of a developed infrastructure and of the feeling of a safe city. “The city doesn’t have equipped roads, even though there’s partial street lighting. There are no speed limiters, even though the streets are paved and there’s a high risk of car accidents in the areas near kindergartens”, she’s mentioning. The Edinet team has found out more on the changes the children and teenagers want in the area through a drawing contest.

We did not hesitated to ask Marina her thoughts on the elaboration process of the Revitalization Program in other country’s regions. “I have lived in Balti and I very well know the chosen zone (a.n. – the adjoining area of the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ middle school), highlighted in the Program and I do believe it has a great potential in the rehabilitation process. There are many buildings, but the roads are in a bad condition; many children don’t have places to play at, families don’t know where to have a rest, although there are green areas. As for Ungheni, my hometown, the chosen zone is extremely important for the cities and its improvement will solve many existing problems.

Marina’s positive spirit and involvement is an example worth following. “Have no fear. At its start, the process seems to be impossible, as it has so many stages to follow. It is pretty easy to leave such a process, but if you have an enormous desire to make beautiful changes, ideas will come and investment sources will appear”, she’s advising.

  • The Edinet’s URP responsible person – Marina Vorbăneț
  • Email: marina.vorbanet@gmail.com
  • Phone: +3736 855 12 22
  • Local Facilicator – Alexandru Munteanu, urbanist at Centrul de Urbanism.

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Dan Moraru, Balti: The Urban Revitalization Program is a valuable experience, and the local community should be involved in it

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12 July 2019
Visits: 105

The Urban Revitalization Program (hereinafter URP) is an ambitious initiative – it is oriented to the integral and sustainable development of cities, starting with the revitalization zone. In the frameworks of this particular initiative, we get to know the urban communities, as well as bright project ideas that are meant to improve the lives of the citizens.

The drafting of the Balti Municipality’s URP has come a long way”, Dan Moraru says, the Chief of the External Relations and Attraction of Investments Service of the Balti Mayoralty, as well as the responsible person for the Municipality’s URP. “We’ve gone through various stages of registering in the proposal’s call for technical support, we’ve thoroughly analyzed the area of our Municipality according to the social, economic, environmental, technical and spacio-functional indexes. After this processes, we have identified the Slobozia zone as the revitalization zone and, afterwards, we have executed a Fact Finding Mission.

The adjoining area of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” middle school has a striking potential – a big number of public and educational institutions, health centres, green areas and other important urbanistic elements. “After the Consultation Committee’s meetings, we got our project’s vision – Together for a healthy lifestyle, social inclusion and security in the adjoining area of the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ middle school. Now, we’re in the process of elaboration of revitalization projects”, Dan adds.

The revitalization problems and their solutions have been discussed during many interactive meetings – experts from Poland participated at one of them. “We’re 18 now – various active people”. After these meetings, some of the selected project ideas were the rehabilitation of pedestrian access and the improvement of the green areas from the Cahul street from Slobozia zone, the restoration and improvement of a children playground, the creation of better activity environment in educational institutions for its workers and children and the rehabilitation of street light near public institutions.”

The Revitalization Programme is a worthy example when it comes to the improvement of the community, a great process and a valuable experience, during which it is absolutely necessary to involve the local community”, Dan mentions.

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