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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Vedi, Ararat – Only one percent of the Earth’s water is fresh and suitable for human use and consumption. Moreover, 90 percent of bottled water and 83 percent of tap water people consume across the globe contain plastic particles. The heavy burden of plastic pollution, the impact of climate change, the competing demand for fresh water, and the large water footprint of human activity made 2017 a year of global water stress.

On June 5, the USAID funded Participatory Utilization and Resource Efficiency of Water (PURE Water) project, and the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia celebrated the World Environment Day with nine partner communities from Ararat and Armavir. The public celebration in Vedi was aimed at increasing public awareness of the importance of efficient management of the depleting groundwater resources in the Ararat Valley and to promote behavioral change among local water users.

The Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission in Yerevan, Deputy Governor of Ararat province, Mayor of Vedi, and representatives of Coca-Cola HBC Armenia and PURE Water project greeted the participants.

“Today, as we celebrate the World Environment Day, it is encouraging to see such enthusiasm and commitment to using and managing Armenia’s water resources more sustainably. The Ararat Valley’s scarce yet valuable water supply demands our ongoing attention, and the U.S. Government will continue to support Armenia’s efforts to use this precious resource efficiently,” Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission, Rafik Mansour noted in his opening remarks.

About 500 local residents, including children and youth, art school students, heads of communities, representatives of local governments and partner organizations were in attendance. The community event featured environment related photo and painting exhibitions, award ceremonies, dance and musical performances by local talents, and theatrical plays.

The event was one of the regional initiatives of PURE Water and the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia this year as part of the “Water is Life: Every Drop Matters” campaign. Since the launch of the campaign in March 2018, over 1,200 residents of PURE Water’s twelve partner communities in Ararat and Armavir have participated in various events and public discussions, learning about the importance of efficient management of Armenia’s water resources.

More than anywhere in the country, Armenia’s key agricultural hub and breadbasket, the Ararat Valley, is facing a severe depletion of groundwater reserves. Today, over 30 communities and 260,000 Armenians have limited access to drinking and irrigation water.

PURE Water promotes responsible water management in the Ararat Valley through public awareness, behavior change of water consumers, and increased civic participation. The project is implemented by the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development, together with the Country Water Partnership and the Yerevan State University Environmental Law Resource Center.