PROJECTS

Feb 2017-Aug 2017 Armenian-Turkish Young Professionals as Advocates of Common Urban Heritage

Maintaining urban heritage of Kars and Gyumri, neighbouring cities in Turkey and Armenia , is proposed as common topic for this project.

The project intended to promote cooperation between Armenian and Turkish young urban development professionals to join efforts in addressing the problem of protecting the architectural heritage of mainly 19th century in Kars and Gyumri. These two cities shaped their urban structure and style during Russian Empire period had many similarities, built from the same tuff stone, same neo-classical stylistics, etc. The number of such buildings has been decreasing over time. Although they are considered as architectural monuments, still due care is not taken for the maintenance of those buildings by authorities and residents, whereas those monuments are part of the history of both cities each building with its unique story, of which the residents of the cities are not aware well. Since the problem is common for both cities, the proposed project will provide an opportunity for young Armenian and Turkish urban development professionals to identify and discuss common problems, share and get familiar with the urban history, historical role and significance of the buildings and advocate for their protection.

Funding:EU/Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia

March 2017 – March 2020 PURE-Water: Participatory Utilization and Resource Efficiency of Water

The Ararat Valley is the largest depository of high quality natural groundwater which is vital not only for Armenia but also for the region. All stakeholders, including the government and CSOs, recognize the dreadful situation of water resource management in the Ararat Valley. Due to poor management a lot of communities in Ararat valley have extremely limited access to drinking and irrigation water. Demand to irrigation water increases due to the climate change and over issuance of water user permits leading to sharp depletion of groundwater resources. There is poor public participation and awareness in water resource management process, while involving residents of the Ararat Valley in the decision-making process will lead to quality and informed decisions thus ensuring public acceptance of adopted decisions.

The goal of the Activity is to increase water productivity, efficiency, and quality, as well as foster behavioral change to reduce the rate of groundwater extraction in the Ararat Valley.

Component 1: Policy and Regulatory Improvements
Component 2: Participation in and oversight of water resources management
Component 3: Public Awareness Education and Behavioral Change
Component 4: Small-Scale Water Infrastructure Pilots Projects

Lead: The Urban Foundation
Partners: Country Water Partnership; Yerevan State University Ecological Law Resource Center

Funding: USAID

The Project One-Pager
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The Project Launch: Press Release
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Dec 2016 – Dec 2018 – Turning Environmental Challenges into Opportunities: Introducing construction materials from plastic waste

The purpose of the project is to promote balanced economic development in RA Syunik and Vayots Dzor regions by introducing innovative technologies and ensuring diversity for economic opportunities.

The project is implemented in partnership with Kapan municipality, Hai Consult Foundation, Competitive Society NGO under EU PRDP (Pilot Regional Development Programme) and will create 35 new full time jobs with at least 2 years of sustainability period. By the end of this action, it is expected to have 15 enterprises with increased competitiveness, 9 enterprises (selling plastic) with increased annual turnover by 25%, 9 enterprises with increased employment by 15%, 1 start up generates employment by 100% (with full increase from 0 baseline). Megri, Agarak, Kajaran, Goris Sisian (Syunik region), Jermuk, Yeghegnadzor and Vayk (Vayots Dzor region) communities will join the project to supply (sell) plastic to Kapan enterprise to have their waste management plans developed/updated.

Launching event
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Press release
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Project brochure
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Jul 2016 – Jul 2019 – Clean Alliance: Accessible Services for Goris and Sarnakunk Community Clusters

Overall objective of the proposed action is to promote the right of citizens to live in a healthy environment by supporting target cluster to improve waste management service by applying strategic approach.

The specific objective of the project is to develop or revise strategic planning documents of Goris and Gorayk multi-settlement communities in the light of consolidation of communities and introduction of improved waste management service.

Kick of meeting:

Press coverage about the project: Goris Press Club

Project booklet
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Oct 2015 -May 2017 – Common Solutions to Shared Concerns: Improvement of Solid Waste management Services in Ijevan and Bolnisi

The project aims to improve solid waste management services provided for the residents of Ijevan (Tavush Region, RoA) and Bolnisi (Kvemo Kartli Region, RoG) through jointly developing policies and introducing practices in the field.
As a result of the project the partner communities will have a solid waste management policy, residents/stakeholders knowledgeable and informed about efficient waste management, and separated plastic waste in place in Ijevan and Bolnisi.

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PSA in Armenian and in Georgian

Documentary: From Challenges to Opportunities

Films: Improvement of solid waste management in Ijevan and Bolnisi:

Prepared by Ijevan Municipality

Prepared by Bolnisi Municipality

SWM in Armenia-legal analysis (in Armenian)
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SWM in Georgia-legal analysis (in Georgian)
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SWM Strategic Plan for Ijevan (in Armenian)
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SWM Strategic Plan for Bolnisi (in Georgian)
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SWM in Ijevan and Bolnisi – Baseline Study (summary)
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Project leaflet
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May 1- Nov 30 – A step Ahead: Empowering former participants of FES seminars to become Experts on Armenia-EU integration issues

The goal of the project is to further build capacities of young activists – participants of previous seminars supported by FES, to upgrade and systemize their knowledge about EU-Armenia relations to act as trainers and focal points in the regions of Armenia.

The following results will be achieved:
– 30 persons will upgrade and systemize their knowledge about Armenia’s recent European integration: they will produce position papers based on their knowledge obtained from previous seminars/workshops stating how they can contribute to increased awareness of population about Armenia-EU issues
– Selected 10-15 participants will be ask to elaborate mini-project based on their papers, describing in what way they will disseminate information about Armenia’s integration issues with EU
– Selected 10-15 participants will be supported to carry out their mini-projects
– 10 participants will have an opportunity to visit EU/CoE offices in Europe

May 1- Nov 30 – A step Ahead: Empowering former participants of FES seminars to become Experts on Armenia-EU integration issues

The goal of the project is to further build capacities of young activists – participants of previous seminars supported by FES, to upgrade and systemize their knowledge about EU-Armenia relations to act as trainers and focal points in the regions of Armenia.

The following results will be achieved:
– 30 persons will upgrade and systemize their knowledge about Armenia’s recent European integration: they will produce position papers based on their knowledge obtained from previous seminars/workshops stating how they can contribute to increased awareness of population about Armenia-EU issues
– Selected 10-15 participants will be ask to elaborate mini-project based on their papers, describing in what way they will disseminate information about Armenia’s integration issues with EU
– Selected 10-15 participants will be supported to carry out their mini-projects
– 10 participants will have an opportunity to visit EU/CoE offices in Europe