The Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy (MEGA) improved participatory approaches to community-based environmental management and governance. In particular, MEGA developed MEGA Game, which is a map-based project management and collaboration platform to help environmental organizations realize successful environmental projects within a global community. Through this initiative, MEGA was able to harness the power of gamification, specifically to spur interest and engagement regarding environmental issues. MEGA successfully connected 17 environmental NGOs in Moldova and actively engaged volunteers from diverse organizations. Through collaborative data gathering, research, awareness-raising, and on-site environmental action in three regions, these volunteers improved water management and biodiversity conservation in their communities.
Through the MEGA Game, the organization also engaged the public to be involved in climate change mitigation activities, such as forest planting. This activity won the “ClimateLaunchpad” and the “Ideas4Change” awards.