WiSDOM is a non-governmental association which promotes a WISE ATTITUDE toward present and future. We do it through:


WiSDOM is a non-profit organization headquartered in Chisinau, Moldova. Our projects are focused in rural areas, by offering sustainable descentralized and simple solutions accessible to a wide range of population.

We believe that the change in menthality and attitude for a sustainable way of life can be achieved by raising awareness of local stakeholders through the implementation of demonstration projects and creating premises for replicating the success stories. Through our initiatives we offer solutions for immediate benefits for local population, but also seek for a long term environmental and social impact.

WiSDOM is a member of the following international networks:

Local and international partners:


The harmony between humankind and nature is a compromise between covering the human needs and protection of natural resources. WISDOM believes that sustainable development is a matter of considering natural resource protection as a human need.


Sustainable sanitation in small settlements of the Danube Region

Implementing organization: GWP CEE
Partners: University of Ljubljana, WiSDOM
Donors: START - Danube Region Project Fund of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region
Intervention areas: Sustainable sanitation
Grant amount (including co-funging 18.5 % of the participating organizations): € 24,550
Duration: 01.01.2015-30.07.2016

Main project outputs:


Strenghtening of local capacity on the use of solar energy in rural commmunities of Moldova

Donors: SIDA via REC Moldova and REC CEE, WECF
Partners: ProSchola Association, Mayoralty of Bolduresti and Milesti villages, 16 families of Bolduresti and Milești, WECF, NGO Vozrojdenie (Ukraine)
Intervention areas: Sustainable energy, sustainable development
Grant amount (including in kind contribution and co-financing from the beneficiaries): € 18170
Duration: 01.06.2013-30.11.2014

Main project outputs:

Wide awareness raising campaigns and International Bat Night fests - high impact initiatives for protection of endangered bat populations

Donors: SIDA via REC Moldova and REC CEE

Partners: APB Birdlife Belarus, NOROC Radio, Echinox SRL

Intervention areas: Biodiversity conservation, awareness raise on bats protection

Duration: 01.10.2013-30.11.2014

Grant amount (including in kind contributions): € 42,120

Main project outputs:

Let’s play every day outdoor

Donors: East European Foundation, donations, local contribution
Partners: Kindergartens nr. 223, mayoralty Tohatin
Issues: early childhood environmental education, children outdoor education
Grant amount: $ 7349
Duration: 11.07 – 05.09. 2011

Main project results:

Elaboration of a local action plan in the field of water and sanitation for Tohatin commune

Donors: Milieukontakt International
Partners: NGO Renașterea Rurală
Issues: community participation, water and sanitation
Grant amount: € 900
Duration: February - September 2011

Main project results:

Water messengers

Donors: Foundation Danielle Mitterand France Liberte, CWS, Milieukontakt International
Partners: WECF, Ormax, NGO Renașterea Rurală, National Centre of Public Health, lyceum "Alexandru cel Bun", vg. Vărzărești, lyceum "Valeriu Bulicanu", vg. Bolduresti
Issues: water protection, rights to water and sanitation
Grant amount: €6997
Duration: October 2010 - January 2012

Main project results:

Elaboration of an educational toolkit in the field of water, hygiene and sanitation

Donors: Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, ApaSan project
Partners: SEAM, Skat Foundation in Moldova, OWH Studio,
Issues: water, hygiene, sanitation
Grant amount: €16513
Duration: October 2009 - July 2010

The project is addressed to beneficiaries from rural areas from the Central part of Moldova where there is the worst situation regarding the water supply and sanitation. The main target groups are: schools and youth organisations, NGOs active in the field of water and sanitation, departments of preventive medicine, ecological inspectorates and universities. Considering that the education tool will be delivered to different public organizations that offer information services to a large number of beneficiaries by using this information and education tool we expect to reach around 30000 people.

Goal: Change of attitude and stimulate the acceptance of ecological sanitation concept in the society.


Toolkit components:

Creating of an Internet based information and communication platform for the preparation of the Working Conference and promotion of Water and Health Protocol in Moldova

Donors/partners: WfWP
Issues: Water, conference platform
Grant amount: €5500
Duration: 09.03-31.06.2009


As a result of WfWP grant an Internet information and communication platform was created which helped with the following components:

Empowerment and local action

Main project coordinator: WECF
Donors: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MinBuza), The Netherlands
Co-funding: Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency, WatSan Program
Local partners Moldova: WISDOM, ECOTOX
Issues: Energy & Climate, Water & Sanitation
Duration: 01/2008 - 12/2010

The special objective of the project was to reduce the human health risks from water pollution and improving people livelihood and health conditions of rural areas of Moldova. The main activities planned within the reporting period were focussed on assessing the situation, awareness raise on sustainable sanitation and resource management and implementing demonstrational ecosan facilities. Through community involvement, mobilization of active citizens groups/local leaders and development of various education tools (such as monthly renewed information boards, dissemination of educational materials and presentation of theatre plays) the population of rural communities were provided with hands on information on how to build and maintain ecosan toilets and why these systems promote a healthy and sustainable way of living in rural areas.

Main project results:

Promotion of ecological sanitation in Moldova

Collaboration with WatSan Programme of SDC

Environmental education through theatre

Funding sources: National Environmental Fund; Milieukontakt Foundation Partners: children and adolescent theatre studio “Carpe Diem”, The Union of Artists

Green Agenda

Funding: Milieukontakt International
Partners: Milieukontakt Foundation, mayoralty of Bolduresti village, NGOs Ormax, “Bătrîneţe fără tristeţe”, The initiative group of village Stoianovca


We strongly believe that knowledge, awareness and attitude are the most important things that can make positive changes in this world. This is why we are committed to share practical knowledge and good practices to everyone.

EcoSan: Health, Confort, Clean Environment

A documentary about Ecological Sanitation - product of a partnership between WiSDOM and OWH TV Studio.

Water and Health Toolkit

Îmi trebuiesc câteva cuvinte despre toolkit. 1-2 paragrafe.

Water and Health Toolkit
Sanitatia ecologică

Sanitația ecologică (Ecological Sanitation)

Among very few publications about ecological sanitation that exist today in Romanian language, this book is yet the most complete one. Written in an easily readable style, accessible even for non professionals, with plenty of images and figures, it covers various subjects of EcoSan from history to science, from practical advices to reach reference guides.

Sanitatia ecologică

Booklet Sanitația ecologică (Ecological Sanitation)

A high-resolution booklet about ecological sanitation for download and print.

Wise Attitude Brief: Construction of UDDT

Wise Attitude Brief, nr. 1: Construction of UDDT

A ready to print handout that covers conceptual and practical aspects of construction of a urine diverting dry toilet.


Wise Attitude Brief: Maintenance of UDDT

Wise Attitude Brief, nr. 2: Maintenance of UDDT

A ready to print handout with practical advices on how to maintain a urine diverting dry toilet.


Wise Attitude Brief: Sanitisation of human excreta

Wise Attitude Brief, 3: Sanitisation of human excreta

A ready to print handout on principles and practice of sanitisation of human excreta in ecological sanitation.


Poster: Ecological Sanitation

Poster: Ecological Sanitation

A promotional poster on ecological sanitation. HQ, size A3.

Poster: Hygiene

Poster: Hygiene

A poster for promotion of personal hygiene. HQ, size A3.


Wise Attitude Brief: Construction of a solar panel

Wise Attitude Brief, nr. 4: Construction of a solar panel

A ready to print handout that covers conceptual and practical aspects of construction of a panel for solar heating of water.



CP C.01.08:2016 - Code of Practice in Construction: Construction of Urine Diverting Dry Toilets

CP C.01.08:2016 - Code of Practice in Construction: Construction of Urine Diverting Dry Toilets

The document is an officially approved normative in construction, which refers to design, construction and operation of Urine Diverting Dry Toilets (UDDTs). The document was elaborated by WiSDOM and WECF in the framework of UNECE and SDC project “Implementation of targets and target dates set under the Protocol on Water and Health in the Republic of Moldova”.


Useful Resources

In this section we collect interesting publications and examples of projects on sustainable way of life. Please feel free to contribute with your resources. Please send to us examples of best practices, projects or publications that fits into the idea of sustainability, to the email address nadia.andreev@gmail.com Thank you.

Suggestions for Sustainable Sanitation

Suggestions for Sustainable Sanitation / by Christopher Canaday

This text was originally written in Spanish to promote more sustainable sanitation in the reconstruction of the Manabí and Esmeraldas provinces of Ecuador, after the 2016 earthquake. Nonetheless, most of the ideas expressed here would be applicable in many other places as well.

Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices

Handbook of Drought Indicators and Indices. WMO/GWP Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP). 2016. WMO-No. 1173. WMO, Geneva, Switzerland and GWP, Stockholm, Sweden.

This Handbook of Drought Indicators and is based on available literature and draws findings from relevant works wherever possible. The handbook addresses the needs of practitioners and policymakers  and is considered as a resource guide/material for practitioners and not an academic paper. This publication is a ‘living document’ and will be updated based on the experiences of its readers. This publication is part of the ‘Integrated Drought Management Tools and Guidelines Series’, compiled by the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP)



Elaboration of a local action plan on adaptation to climate change for water resources in Slobozia Mare, Cahul

During August-November, 2016, WiSDOM association in collaboration with water quality experts from the Laboratory of Hydrobiology and Ecotoxicology, IZ ASM is implementing a project for the elaboration of a local action plan for adaptation to climate change for water resources. The first stage of the project aimed at collecting background information on the community. During this stage, local documents were consulted; a survey with local population was undertaken on the status of water resources and sanitation in the area as well as the practices of water management in agriculture and management of organic waste. Supplementary, the quality of drinking water was assessed by specialists of the Laboratory of Hydrobiology and Ecotoxicology. Based on this data and a stakeholder workshop to be organized in November, the main adaptive measures to climate change for the use and management of water resources will be chosen and an action plan will be elaborated and proposed for adoption at the Local Council.

The drinking water supply in Slobozia Mare come from artesian wells; these are less vulnerable to the effects of climate change than shallow wells. A survey carried out with 101 people in the community indicated that available water is insufficient, particularly during the dry spells, since the drinking water resources are used competitively also for irrigation. Approximately 1/3 of the respondents indicated they use private wells for drinking and irrigation purposes. At the same time, approximately 70% of the population uses flash toilets with non-isolated septic tanks and pit latrines (100%). During 14 of November 2014 the local actors (local authorities, teachers and pupils) together with members of WiSDOM association and experts on water quality will elaborate an adaptive action plan to climate change for water resources.