Mitigation of Climate Change Risks of Rural Communities through Improved Local Development Planning

What we do

Hailstorm damaged crops in Aragatsotn region

Armenia is one of the countries at risk of climate change impact and seriously suffers from natural disasters like earthquakes, landslides, mudflows, floods, hail, drought, and soil erosion. The recognition of the climate change risks and considering the importance of strategies aimed at minimizing negative impacts on communities and economies fields, particularly in agriculture is of great interest for Armenia.

The main objective of the project is to enhance the climate resilience of Armenia in the highest risk sectors and areas and ensure national ownership through enhanced institutional knowledge and responsibility.

The project will operate in key areas and entry points for climate risk management supporting the integration of climate risk management into national disaster risk reduction strategy adopted in 2012,  improving planning process on local level,  strengthening the early warning system by enhancing the capacities of the hydro-meteorological department and agricultural extension services; implementing pilot climate risk management approaches and measures at community level and building on best practice examples.

UNDP supports national partners in:

·         Enhancing the institutional and technical capacities of local institutions to improve their management of climate related risks and promote local level preparedness against current and future natural hazards;

·         Improving the livelihood resilience of farmers, highly vulnerable to frequent extreme climatic events by keeping them involved in the planning process and informed of the risks that may occur;

·         Empowering women and addressing gendered vulnerabilities.

Some results so far

In cooperation with the Armenian Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform, a seminar was organized in February 2014 to present the country report “Climate Risk Management in Armenia.”

In March, 2014 the most vulnerable rural communities in Tavush region were identified for implementation of CRM activities. 

Who Finances it?


Donor name

Amount contributed



GoA (in-kind)


UNDP CO (in-kind)


Delivery in previous fiscal year

December 2013

 $ 21,155.00

Project start date:
October 2013
Estimated end date:
November 2015
Geographic coverage:
Tavush and Vayots Dzor regions, Armenia
Focus Area:
Environment & Energy
MDG 7 - Ensuring environmental sustainability
Project Coordinator:
Diana Harutyunyan
RA Ministries of Nature Protection, Emergency Situations, Territorial Administration, Agriculture; DRR National Platform
Project Related Documents
Project Document