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Empowering Environmental Educational Network for Strengthening Environmental Education in Armenia

June 21, 2014



Project Number: ARM/EU-NGOs/OP5/Y3/2014/04 Country: Armenia Area Of Work: CapDev Operational Phase: Phase 5 Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00 Co-Financing cash: US$ 11,863.00 Start Date: 6/2014 End Date: 12/2015 Status: Not active yet Project Description: There are severe and mounting environmental challenges facing Armenia that affect child and community welfare and infringe on a children s and community s right to attain the highest standard of health. Environmental sustainability is a pathway to future social and economic stability in Armenia. Conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of the natural resources are preconditions for future generations to lead healthy lives; to have access to clean air, water and food. A sustainable future requires strong nature protection, which is especially critical for children with disabilities and communities depending most directly on their natural environment. To this end, children and young people will need to be educated and galvanized as a force of change for sustainable development in their communities. There are a number of issues in the country s environmental agenda. One key challenge is to manage the ubiquitous waste problem in Armenia, an issue that affects child and community welfare in multitude of ways: solid waste and wastewater contribute to air, soil, and water pollution, creating acute and chronic health risks. Another critical topic includes desertification related to deforestation and poor agricultural practices (especially in the Ararat valley, where soil salinization is rampant). Sustainable management/use of water, mineral, and land resources are yet additional areas that child and youth education would yield significant positive health and welfare benefits. To protect Armenia s natural environment, one of the 32 Biodiversity hotspots in the world, the next generation of citizens has to grow a consciousness of sustainability and environmental stewardship. The NGO sector is for the most part excluded from environmental governance mechanisms in Armenia. These governance mechanisms, with functions such as policy-development, drafting legislation, and monitoring compliance, have remained the exclusive domain of the public sector. A key component of environmental governance is education at all levels and spanning through individuals lives from pre-school to university and beyond. Many NGOs that are active will greatly benefit from enhanced capacity in advocating environmental educational policies and best practices. Their activities will also be enhanced by linking these NGOs and civic initiatives into a nationwide, mutually informing and supporting network. The work of the public sector will be greatly enhanced if NGOs develop such capacity and are constructively engaged. While it is important for the civil society to remain independent of the public and the for-profit sectors, it is also important to have common forums where collaboration is made possible. To supp

Project completion date : 2015-12-31 12:00:00

Major organization : SGP THE GEF SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME

Address : 14 Adamyan St. Yeravan, 0010 Attn: Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan



Country :Armenia

Financier : Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),

Financier address : United Nations Development Programme One United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 Tel: +1 (212) 906-5000 Call: +1 (212) 963-1234


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