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Launching the Smart city Profile of Goris

Republic of Armenia State Committee on Urban Development, UNECE Land and Housing Division, Regional environmental center for Caucasus and Municipality of Goris city have launched the Smart city Profile for Goris (Syuniq...

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Aug

RECP Green clubs : supporting resource efficiency and cleaner production for SMEs

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are considered as priority for job creation and overall development of Armenian economy. The Government of the Republic of Armeni...

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Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Primer for Business Companies

Launching the Smart city Profile of Goris

13.09.2017

smart Republic of Armenia State Committee on Urban Development, UNECE Land and Housing Division, Regional environmental center for Caucasus and Municipality of Goris city have launched the Smart city Profile for Goris (Syuniq region, Armenia) within the frames of United Smart Cities project during September 11 workshop on "Trends and challenges in sustainable housing, urban development and land management in the Republic of Armenia" organized in Yerevan, Armenia. Smart sustainable city profile of the city of Goris, Republic of Armenia, has been produced under the framework of the project “United Smart Cities”, coordinated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The profile for the City of Goris was requested by the State Urban Development Committee. This activity was led by the Housing and Land Management Unit of the UNECE Division of Forests, Land and Housing. It started with a fact-finding mission in February 2015, and was completed in 2017. The project implementation was supported by financial and in-kind resources of the UNECE, the State Urban Development Committee of Armenia, the Regional Environmental Center for Armenia, the Environment Agency Austria, the Organization of International Economic Relations (OiER), the United Nations Development Programme’s office in Armenia, and the Asian Development Bank. In-kind contribution was also provided by national and local experts from Regional environmental center for Caucasus and partner national institutions. Presentation of the Smart City profile is enclosed below.

RECP Green clubs : supporting resource efficiency and cleaner production for SMEs

22.08.2017

12341095_10154396039626040_9213777869871202708_n Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are considered as priority for job creation and overall development of Armenian economy. The Government of the Republic of Armenia performs continues steps towards the development of SME sector, particularly towards the direction for creation of state support system for promoting innovations in SMEs. The aim of the national policy is to utilize the potential of SMEs in the context of economic, social and political development of the Republic of Armenia and enhancement of sustainability of its ecosystems. This is the reason why the country, population at large, including SME and private sectorcompanies are first beneficiaries and stakeholders of RECP mainstreaming. All industries which have already received RECP service packages can benefit from further RECP measures and continuous monitoring. One of the most important achievements as a result of RECP implementation is undeniable possibility for all companies to reduce their energy costs and water demand. The RECP Green Club work stream under EaP GREEN is aimed at developing and piloting a lean support model for enterprises, in particular smaller businesses. The model was created as a scale-able and replicable model, after initial trials in two regions it was replicated in two more marzes/regions of Armenia and was made available on a continuous basis to more regions. RECP enables SMEs with an easy to read guidance for RECP implementation in business sector, enabling reduction of production costs and technological needs; increase in labor productivity, possible improvement in product quality; reduction of costs associated with waste production and pollution; improvement of production conditions, reduction of energy and material losses and better housekeeping and management practices improving environmental compliance of the business sector.

Developing National Legal Framework on SEA in Armenia – 2nd Legal Roundtable

14.02.2017

Legal roundtable is organised by the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus (REC C) in the framework of the EU funded Programme ‘Greening the Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood’[1] and framework MOU between UNECE and REC C on Organisation of capacity-building activities to support the implementation of EIA and SEA procedures Armenia. It will be held as a part of the process on developing the national legal framework on SEA in Armenia. The 2nd legal roundtable will follow the outcomes of the ‘Roundtable on integration of the SEA procedure into the national legal framework of Armenia’ organized in March 2016 (detailed information can be found at https://www.unece.org/es/environmental-policy/conventions/environmental-assessment/meetings-and-events/environmental-impact-assessment/workshops-eap-green/2016/the-legal-roundtable-and-sea-workshop-in-armenia/doc.html#/). The aim of the 2nd roundtable is to present elaborated draft legislation package on suggestive amendments on Strategic environmental assessment, with the emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of the main actors and stakeholders in the SEA system. The feedback from the participants will be considered when finalizing the amendments to the national Law and draft Governmental Decree on SEA implementation. Relevant examples of SEA procedures from other countries will be presented and discussed at the roundtable by UNECE international team to improve existing national framework on SEA and to raise efficiency of internal procedures and monitoring related to environmental and health risks within SEA cycle. The event shall gather representatives of the sectoral ministries responsible for preparation of the plans and programmes in the key economic sectors, as well as representatives of non-governmental organisations, national experts and other relevant stakeholders. For more information on event and project kindly contact REC Caucasus office in Yerevan Tel: 011 574743 or e mail: nune.harutyunyan@rec-caucasus.org.

Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production Primer

29.12.2016

“Resource efficiency and clean production” (RECP) Demonstration project is implemented within EU funded “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighborhood” (EAP Green), by UNIDO and Regional environmental center for Caucasus. For industrial development projects implementation RECP uses tested preventive environmental approaches: improved efficiency of resources (reduced production costs and materials, energy and water consumption), reduced environmental impact (less waste products and pollution) and improved professional and social health and protection. The main aim of RECP pilot project is to improve resource efficiency and environmental action particularly in the fields of agricultural/ food production, chemical and construction materials production.

Local environmental action plan for Vanadzor. Joint initiative of RECC and US Embassy

02.11.2016

Regional environmental center for Caucasus Armenia National Office has launched its new project for the city of Vanadzor, in Lori region, Armenia, targeting identification of the most important environmental challenges reflecting on citizens' life which will need to be addressed through elaboration of Local environmental action plan for the city of Vanadzor, Lori Region, Armenia. Project is supported by US embassy in Armenia, as well as implemented jointly with local municipality and in collaboration with City Council which was formed as a result of project launching. One of the most important criteria for future success - improved public participation in environmental decision-making, which will be achieved through establishment of local city council consisting of national/local institutions, experts, research, foundations, civil society /NGOs, active citizens, environmentalists, city planners, etc. The first city conference was followed by the LEAP methodology training where the initial challenges for the city of Vanadzor has been identified and discussed with local city council members.

REC Caucasus – 15 years of experience

06.10.2016

2 Current overview serves as an introduction to REC Caucasus activities, strategic goals, partnerships and outputs achieved within the recent 15 years of its experience in South Caucasus. Regional environmental center for Caucasus is determined as “to assist in solving environmental problems in the Caucasus region through the promotion of co-operation at national and regional level among NGOs, governments, business, local communities, and all other environmental stakeholders, in order to develop a free exchange of information, in line with the principles of the Aarhus Convention; offer assistance to all environmental NGOs and other stakeholders; and increase public participation in the decision-making process, thereby assisting the states of the Caucasus in the further development of a democratic civil society”.

SEA Scoping Report, 2016

27.09.2016

Pages from SEA Scoping Report ENGLISH Scoping Report on Strategic Environmental Assessment Project (SEA) “Strategic Development Plan, Road Map and Long Term Investment Plan for the Solid Waste Management Sector in Armenia”. The Scoping (or according to the Law ‘preliminary assessment’) is the initial stage of the SEA process. The aim of the Scoping stage is to identify environmental and health issues related to the plan or programme, which should be further analyzed within the SEA.

Training Workshop on Practical Application of SEA in Armenia, Strategic Environmental Assessment

09.03.2016

20160309_121544 The training workshop on practical application of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in Armenia organized by the Ministry of Nature Protection of the RA in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus (RECC) in the framework of the EU funded Programme ‘Greening the Economies in the Eastern Neighborhood’ took place

New initiative on Strategic Environmental Assessment for Solid Waste Management Sector in Armenia

02.03.2016

csm_EaP_GREEN_publication_logo_4_8270c76677 The new initiative on piloting application of SEA for the Solid waste management sector in Armenia has been undertaken by the Ministry of Nature Protection, UNECE and Regional environmental center for Caucasus Armenia National Office within the frames of EaP Green funded by European Union. The overall aim of a SEA pilot project is to build capacities in application of SEA procedures at national level and raise

Primer on ”Resource efficiency and cleaner production” for SME support and green business development in Armenia

11.02.2016

New Picture (2) For its prosperity, creation of competitive product every business company operating in the market needs investment of ecologically safe, methods, means and tools accepted by the world, and the primer for ‘’RECP for SMEs’’ will assist for this objective. Primer on ”Resource efficiency and cleaner production ” has been elaborated within the framework of cooperation on “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Demonstration” project of UNIDO and REC Caucasus Armenia National Office, based on methodology

First UNIDO RECP Stakeholder forum on Energy Efficiency for SMEs took place on 30th of October, in Ararat city

31.10.2015

gfthj UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Component project is planning the First RECP Stakeholder forum on Energy Efficiency within the context of RECP application for Small and Medium Businesses in Armenia. Forum will take place on 30th of October, at 10:30 AM (registration at 10:15)

UNIDO Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Procuction Green Clubs in Ararat and Dilijan cities, Armenia

25.10.2015

UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration component project www.recp.am is being implemented in the frames of Partnership for Environment and Growth (EaP GREEN) financed by the European Union. Regional Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Programme for Eastern Partnership Countries is called for scaling up resource efficient and cleaner production (CP) in small

UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production First GREEN CLUB in Ararat City of RA

08.10.2015

gc UNIDO Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration component project is being implemented in the frames of Partnership for Environment and Growth (EaP GREEN) financed by the European Union. Regional Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Demonstration Programme for Eastern Partnership Countries is called for scaling up resource efficient and cleaner production (CP) in small businesses

National Conference on UNIDO ”Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production” (RECP) Demonstration Component Project of the EAP Green Programme of the EU in Armenia

28.04.2015

DSC05737 On 28th of April National Conference was organized for “Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production’’ (RECP) project in Armenia implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in co-operation with Regional environmental center for Caucasus, Armenia National Office and financed by the European Union (EU) within “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighborhood” (EaP Green) initiative. The National Conference took place at ''Ani Plaza'' hotel.

UNECE Partners With the Government of Armenia to Promote Sustainable Urban Development

10.04.2015

2-P1020511 The Republic of Armenia is well committed to improve its housing conditions and urban development strategies and planning policies. The country is actively working towards the preparation of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – HABITAT III, which will take place in 2016 and is expected to adopt the New Global Urban Agenda. Armenia has already completed and submitted to the HABITAT III secretariat its national report on housing and urban development and is engaged in multiple projects on urban

Local Environmental Action Plan (LEAP) For Jermuk City, Project Official Closing Conference

13.03.2015

IMG_9426 On 13th of March, 2015 closing conference was organized by Regional Environmental Center of Caucasus Armenian Branch Office and Jermuk representatives in the frames of Local Environmental Action Plan project carried out in Jermuk city. The meeting was attended by the Mayor of Jermuk city, Mr. Vardan Harutyunyan, other representatives of the city government, representatives of Jermuk city, experts working within the project

Review Training in the frames of ‘’Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production’’, UNIDO project

26.01.2015

Review Training (2) On 26th and 27th of January, 2015 REC Caucasus Armenian branch office organized a Review Training in the frames of ‘’Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production’’, UNIDO project. The training was held in Armenian branch office of REC Caucasus. The aim of the Training was the review of RECP assessment results of demonstration organizations (DO) in Armenia. Review Training was attended by REC Caucasus Armenian branch office representatives, Chief of Cleaner and Sustainable Production Unit of UNIDO in Vienna, Mr. Rene

REC Caucasus has assessed 10 SMEs for Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production-NEW DECEMBER 2014

26.12.2014

Kashi_31-150x150 UNIDO RECP Demonstration Programme implemented by REC Caucasus Armenia National Office is aimed to improve resource productivity and environmental performance of businesses in agro/food processing, chemicals and construction materials’ sectors. RECP demonstrations are conducted for SMEs targeting food and beverage, chemical, construction materials.

Brief Information on UNIDO /RECP/ Training 2, Yerevan, Armenia, REC Caucasus

17.09.2014

IMG_4064 REC Caucasus RECP team organized the second training within the frames of UNIDO “Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production” (RECP) Program, which took place from 8th to 11th September, Conference hall of UN Armenia House, in Yerevan. The aim of the training was to introduce the assessment, evaluation and recommendations of the Demo organizations by the experts. The training had module presentation (1-6, presented during the RECP introductory on 14-16 of April, 2014) introducing next steps to be applied by the experts when working with the Demo organizations.

Announcement – Programme on “Recource efficency and cleaner production” (RECP)

17.03.2014

1398848244 The Regional Environmental Center for the caucasus REC Caucasus is calling for expressions of interest from enterprises in the food and agroprocessing, construction and/or chemical materials sectors to participate in the programme on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in Armenia funded by UNIDO.

REC Caucasus Armenia Conducted Local Consultations Within the Project “SUPPORTING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS”

27.02.2013

??????????????????????????????? The aim of the Local Consultations is to provide feedback on survey results to the participating communities and use the information for further discussions and joint actions development.

REC Caucasus Armenia Launched Fifth Round of Professional Training Sessions

26.06.2012

1340695573 REC Caucasus Armenia BO in close co-operation with Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and State Environmental Inspection agency has initiated and launched the fifth round of professional trainings for environmental inspectors on June 22-23, 2012.

Celebration of World Environment Day in Armenia

05.06.2012

1338893742 On June 5th from 17.00-19.00, in several cities and villages throughout Armenia, the “Let’s do it! Armenia” movement is organizing a flash-mob chalk drawing contest by the theme of “Armenia without garbage” in honor of World Environment Day.

Brief on Zikatar’s trainings within the Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus project

10.05.2012

1336660019 On 25 - 28 April, 2012 REC Caucasus Armenia BO conducted capacity building trainings on ‘’Sustainable forest management’’ within the EU funded regional project “Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus” at the "Zikatar’’ training centre

Global Water Partnership of Central Asia and Caucasus Region is 10 Years old

24.04.2012

1335249087 On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Global Water Partnership of Central Asia and Caucasus Regions, on 23 April, 2012 Country Water Partnership Armenia organized workshop, hosted by Regional Environmental Center for Caucasus Armenia

Third round of profession training sessions for the State Environmental Inspectors in RA

12.02.2012

1329114566 On January 27-28, 2011 REC Caucasus Armenia BO in close co-operation with Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and State Environmental Inspection agency has launched the third round of professional trainings for environmental inspectors.

RECC ARMENIA CONTINUES IMPLEMENTATION OF AGRO-BIODIVERSITY PROJECT

11.12.2011

1323672014 REC Caucasus Armenia team have carried out series of field visits in the period of October – November 2011 within the EU funded regional project “Identification and implementation of adaptation response to Climate Change impact for Conservation and Sustainable use of agro-biodiversity in arid and semi-arid ecosystems of South Caucasus".

“Development of DRR System in Armenia” 2011

24.10.2011

1319465327 On October 21st, 2011, RA ministry of Emergency Situations, UNDP Armenia and Foundation of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction aorganized conference dedicated to National Strategy of DRR in RA.

First Field visits within Agro-biodiversity Project

21.10.2011

1319522933 On October 19, 2011 REC Caucasus Armenia team and project experts have conducted first field visits within the EU funded project “Identification and implementation of adaptation response to Climate Change impact for Conservation and Sustainable use of agro-biodiversity in arid and semi-arid ecosystems of South Caucasus”.

Yerevan’s zoo celebrates 70th anniversary and introduces a new ‘animal care’ concept

20.10.2011

1319110653 This project is one of the numerous reforms launched at the zoo marking its 70th anniversary this year. The improvement program has been initiated by the new director – president of the Preservation Fund for Wildlife and Cultural Values Mr. Ruben Khachatryan.