Generate Global Environmental Benefits through Environmental Education and Raising Awareness of Stakeholders
What we do
The need of environmental education and ecological literacy is a key priority for the development of coordinated and integrated approach for an effective implementation of Armenia’s environmental obligations under identified three focal areas of the Rio Conventions: climate change mitigation and adaptation, conservation of biodiversity and prevention of soil degradation.
National Capacity Self-Assessment by the Armenian Government in 2003-2004 revealed that there is a low level of environmental literacy, lack of “environmental culture” among the population and scarce knowledge of decision-makers about global environmental issues and multilateral environmental agreements in Armenia.
The objective of the project is to strengthen Armenia’s capacity to use environmental education and awareness raising as tools to improve the capacity of stakeholders involved in the management of natural resources The achievement of this objective will strengthen the capacity of staff in the public sector, raise the public awareness about global environmental issues and the related international conventions, strengthen the links between sectors, including the mainstreaming of environmental concerns in development policies and projects, and finally contribute to an ecologically safe and sound environment.
UNDP is supporting national partners through:
· Addressing the capacity gaps preventing environmental education of being effectively used as a tool by stakeholders involved in natural resource management;
· Mainstreaming environmental education into national strategies, programmes and projects;
· Developing environmental education programmes as well as sustainable delivery mechanisms targeting staff in the public sector and educators in Armenia;
· Developing the capacity of community-based organisations and of the media to use environmental education and awareness raising as tools for conducting information awareness and environmental education activities at both community and national level
· Supporting public dialogues on key environmental issues with targeted stakeholders groups;
· Supporting the dissemination of environmental information on state-of-the-art technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, conservation of biodiversity and prevention of soil degradation.
Some results so far
An assessment of the national legislation and policy frameworks revealed the weaknesses and barriers hindering usage of Environmental Education (EE) as a tool for improving natural resource management (NRM) and fulfilling commitments under the MEAs (Rio Conventions, Aarhus Convention etc.).
Assessment of existing institutional framework related to the usage of Environmental Education (EE) in Armenia has been conducted. Particularly, existing institutional frameworks for EE in place were reviewed and analyzed as well as the gaps and needs to use environmental education as tool for better environmental management were identified.
Based on the findings of the above-mentioned assessments, recommendations were prepared enabling the stakeholders to effectively use institutional framework for EE as a tool for natural resource management.
The Project Inception Workshop was conducted on 24 June 2016 with participation of around 50 representatives from key stakeholder ministries, governmental and scientific institutions, international and non-governmental organizations. The Project background, objectives, planned activities and timeframes for implementation were presented to the participants, discussed and reaffirmed.
Round-Table discussion on the draft findings by the Project Experts on legislation, policy and institutional assessment was held on November 23, 2016. The workshop participants’ feedback and recommendations serve as invaluable information for project’s further activities.
As part of the Project public awareness activities, four informational briefs on climate change impact and global warming were published in a local journal targeting young people.
Who Finances it?
Global Environmental Facility (GEF)