Promoting Eco-innovation among SMEs in the Republic of Moldova

The final national workshop “Eco-innovation Landscape in the Republic of Moldova” took place in a hybrid format on 30 March 2023 at Artcor, 137, str. 31 August 1989.

Meeting objectives

The aim of this final workshop was to present the work that has been undertaken with these eight SMEs in the Republic of Moldova to help them adopt the eco-innovation approach in their management systems and operations, while also discussing key challenges, opportunities, and the potential implications of applying the eco-innovation approach among other SMEs in the country. Among other topics, the event also:

  • Provided feedback from the programme SMEs participants on their experiences and lessons learned in adopting the eco-innovation approach;
  • Discussed potential implications and prospects of applying eco-innovation approach among Moldovan SMEs; and
  • Further discussed the current and future eco-innovation landscape in the Republic of Moldova.


Within EU4Environment , UNEP, the EU, and the Organization for Entrepreneurship Development (ODA) assisted eight SMEs in the Republic of Moldova in developing new business strategies/models that are aligned with the eco-innovation approach. The companies represent priority sectors identified through a market and policy assessment of the eco-innovation landscape in the Republic of Moldova, developed by ODA in collaboration with UNEP. Based on the analysis of sector-specific statistics, as well as existing policy documents, two sectors were identified as most promising to upscale eco-innovation measures among Moldovan SMEs, namely a) Agriculture; and b) Industry. Following a national call for SMEs from these sectors interested in developing the eco-innovation approach, eight SMEs were selected to receive advisory services from ODA and UNEP. The companies are SOFDAR, ROMANIȚA, MACOVEI TEXTILE, CHERANG, ȘALTOIANCA, FAMILIA MEA, JAVGURVIN GROUP and VINDICUM – representatives of which will be present throughout this event.


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