Iaşi, Romania
City population: 291977
Duration: 2013 – 2013
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Meso-scale: Regional, metropolitan and urban level
Project area: 780000 m2
Type of area: Natural Heritage Area, Other
Last updated: October 2021

The Chirita dam is the drinking water reserve of Iasi. The lake is protected by law, with bathing or fishing prohibited. In 2013 it was cleaned and sanitized since it became an area where many people used to dump their house residues. As such a national campaign sponsored by an NGO having social responsibility claims implemented this NBS, which meant cleaning the shores of the lake (1).


Nature-based solution

  • Blue infrastructure
  • Lakes/ponds
  • Wetlands/bogs/fens/marshes

Key challenges

  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Improvements to water quality
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity restoration
  • Environmental quality
  • Waste management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Social cohesion


Ecological restoration of degraded ecosystems, Management of rivers and other blue areas

Project objectives

1. Supports the environment and the community in the long run. 2. To teach the community about the environment and group cohesion. 3. To restore the ecosystem. 4. To avoid residues slipping in the water. 5. To increase the clean areas of the city (1).

Implementation activities

The collected waste was placed in bags and was transported with a car from ApaVital's fleet to a waste disposal area. "For nearly two hours, ApaVital volunteers have traversed both shores of Lake Chirita, gathering hundreds of pets, paper, plastic bags, other wastes, including those from construction, abandoned near the water glare or the road surrounding the accumulation (1)

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity restoration:

  • Rehabilitate and restore damaged or destroyed ecosystems
  • Public engagement

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Non-government organisation/Civil Society
  • Citizens or community groups
  • Young people and children


Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Non-government organisation/civil society

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Unknown

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

Let's Do It Romania is the largest social movement in Romania with over 1,400,000 volunteers involved in 7 years of activity. Their vision is a country with 0 waste. Every year the organization has a cleaning campaign through which they summon volunteers and start cleaning the cities or polluted areas. For this NBS, the campaign was as usual thought and implemented by the organization which received promotion help from schools (3)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Yes (EU signed in 2011 the Declaration Nr. 3/2011, through which endorses and supports the actions of LDIW (Let's Do It Wolrd) and will ask European Commission Improvement EU legislation on waste management.This NBS is part of the Let's Do It Romania organization, a subsidiary of Let's Do It World, the biggest global civic movement, an accredited member of the United Nation's Environment Program an agency of United Nations that coordinates its environmental activities, assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices (4) )
... a national policy or strategy? Yes (This NBS mentions the fact that the Chiriţa Pond, with an area of ​​78 ha, is considered a reservation and a monument of nature through Law no.5 of 6 March 2000 on the approval of the National Territory Planning Plan - Section III - Protected Areas (2))
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown


Total cost

Not applicable

Source(s) of funding

  • Unknown

Type of funding

  • Unknown

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of land
  • Provision of goods
  • Provision of labour
  • Provision of expertise
  • Provision of other services
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Public authorities (e.g. land, utility services)
  • Citizens (e.g. volunteering)
  • Other

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Environmental quality
  • Improved waste management

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Unknown

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records