The east european republic of Moldova gained its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union and is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Since the early 2000s Moldova has been recovering from a long economic recession and completed a successful privatization by the mid-2000s. A significant proportion of the population is living on agriculture; issues related to land use and farming are crucial in the country. The policy framework of Moldova has greatly improved since the early 1990s, however, improvements are still slow and there are a number areas in which the country has been trying to meet European Union practices.

Environmental assessment in Moldova has become transparent, but it is still inefficient and complicated. Therefore it is hard to enforce regulation from the ...

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