Integrated Community Development

September-November 2018 “Me and the Environment”

Project summary:

Through this assignment Vanadzor Municipality will supported to improve solid waste management in the city by raising public awareness propulation and strengthening capacities of teachers from pre-school and school insitutions of the city. The Urban Foundation will closely work with Vanadzor Municipality for implementation of this assignment. Togeter with Vanadzor Municipality, communication messages and contents for public information materials will be developed, which will be published and disseminated to raise awareness of different target audiances of more efficient and improved waste management in the city. A poster will be developed based on public information materials and posted in public places of the city. Training materials will be developed adapted to the main audiance – teachers of kindergartens and schools. Training materials will be based on The GIZ Manual on Waste management. 88 teachers from all schools and kindergartens of Vanadzor will be trained to transfer their knowledge to the children.
The goal:

The goal of the assignment is to support Vanadzor municipality in waste management through promoting environmental education among pre-school and school children and raising public awareness of waste reduction.
Expected results:

The following results will be achieved after the implementation of the assignment:
• The residents of Vanadzor are more aware of reduction of generated waste due to dissemination of public information materials and posters.
• 48 teachers from schools and 40 teachers from kindergartens of Vanadzor are capacitated in Environmental education/waste management and able to transfer gained knowledge to the children in 24 schools and 20 kindergartens.

Stakeholders and target groups:
Stakeholders of the assignments are: Vanadzor municipality, teachers of kindergartens and schools, and residents.

Funding: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Training for teachers
With a view of supporting environmental education among the pre-school and school children, and raising public awareness about waste management, two-day training courses entitled “Me and the Environment” were organized with four groups of Vanadzor school and kindergarten teachers at Vanadzor Municipality.


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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
PURE Water one-pager_ENG

The Project Launch: Press Release
PURE Water_Press Release_Launch Event_07 18 17 (eng)ak1