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
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.
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.
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.
PSA in Armenian and in Georgian
Documentary: From Challenges to Opportunities
Films: Improvement of solid waste management in Ijevan and Bolnisi:
The goal is to promote beekeeping in villages located in Javakheti and Lake Arpi national parks as environmentally friendly economic activity thus contributing to conservation of fragile ecosystems of the area.
The project called Support to Social Sector Reforms in Armenia targets Social Sector Reforms under Civil Society Consortium. The overall goal of the 5-year project is to promote an improved and
sustained social protection system in Armenia that is effectively responsive to the needs and concerns of citizen.
UFSD will be involved in the Citizen Engagement component and will oversee the monitoring of the pension system reform. Activities under this component are directed not only to facilitate the
information flow, but also introduce more advanced levels of participation – consulting, deliberating and partnering.
The activities carried out by UFSD will improve partner CSOs’ knowledge and skills in citizen participation, leadership and monitoring. The trainings will help CSOs to effectively
communicate their concerns and views regarding social reforms at national and local level. Activities are projected also to assist local authorities to realize the importance of the added value of civic engagement, to plan and implement their activities using participatory approach these reforms could bring real change to Armenia, serving as a major step forward in reducing poverty.
However, several major concerns and gaps remain. If not addressed in a timely way, these could adversely affect the betterment of social protection system in the long term
Share alternative social housing experience with Turkish counterparts to address housing needs of displaced people form Van earthquake area.
• Transferring knowledge and methodology on housing purchase certificates (HPC) model to young Turkish housing specialists, as well as experts and local governments
• Exchange visits of professionals of each other’s country to get acquainted with housing solutions
• Turkish young professionals have knowledge on a new social housing model.
• Turkish young professionals have skills for HPC program implementation.
• Van local government will have alternative approach for addressing housing needs for earthquake displaced households.
• Formed relationship between Armenian and Turkish young housing professionals, universities, experts, housing and local authorities.
Young housing specialists from Armenia and Turkey, housing /urban development professors from architectural departments of Armenian and Turkish universities, Van local government including housing and urban development departments.
For the first time in Armenia UFSD initiated advocacy campaign aiming at development of legal/regulatory framework for enforcing reduction of plastic shopping bags. The campaign included studying the entire legal field regulating waste management, identifying gaps that are necessary to fill in for enforcement of reduction of plastic shopping bags, introduction of the findings in a series of round tables including with the relevant commission of the Nation Assembly, development of a policy paper, as well as initiating petition and campaigning in social media, coverage of the issue in broadcast media.
The project team of the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) implemented Yerevan city condominiums survey within the framework of REELIH pilot project.
The main purpose of the survey was to determine the current level of effectiveness of Yerevan city condominiums to function in a cohesive manner and specifically for undertaking investment projects in private and common spaces. The survey findings will directly feed into the preparation of a training curriculum for condominiums’ heads, administrative staff and owners.