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 Foundation, a seminar was organized on 4 February 2014. The Armenia country report “Climate Risk Management in Armenia” and UNDP-BCPR “Mitigation of Climate Change Risks of Rural Communities through Local Development Planning” project objectives were presented. 

Surveys and community baseline studies to measure the household perception of climate change related risks were conducted in 19 rural communities in Tavush region (around 400 household representatives interviews) and in 15 rural communities in Vayots Dzor region (around 315 household representatives).

Tailor-made training courses were designed and delivered to total of 131 farmers from 43 rural communities in Tavush and Vayots Dzor regions with the aim to strengthen the capacity of beneficiaries to identify and manage climate change related risks for sustainable development.

Climate proofing guide for UNDP Armenia projects aimed at further integration of climate proofing into interventions of UNDP Armenia at vatios levels is drafted. It is expected to be used by project managers to ensure sustainability of investment projects implemented by UNDP in Armenia from the climate change perspective.

The capacity of “ArmStateHydromet” SNCO of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations for early warning and mitigation of climate change posed risks in rural communities has been strengthened by provision of 2 automated weather stations and necessary training on its use. The weather stations are installed in Tavush and Vayots Dzor regions.

The Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations has been supported by the UNDP CRM Project in establishment of regional Crisis Management Centers aimed at decentralization of disaster risks information management system. Necessary equipment has been provided for the ninth, the Vayots Dzor Regional Crisis Management Center and 911 Call service.

A report “Assessment of Needs for Introduction of Agricultural Insurance in Armenia in the Context of Climate Risk Mitigation” was produced. 

Drip irrigation system, necessary seedlings and corresponding training for production of high quality agricultural products in greenhouses has been provided to 26 greenhouses in Koti and Chinari communities of Tavush region.

Based on the received letter for assistance from Spitak municipality, a drip irrigation system has been provided for a 2000sq.m. greenhouse in Spitak community of Lori region.

14 farmers in Tavush and Artsvaberd communities of Tavush region have been supported by provision of 30,000sq.m. anti-hail nets for vineyards protection.

The “Lchkadzor” cooperative in Ayrum community of Tavush region was supported in supply and installation of infrared heating system for their fruit and vegetable dry processing facility.

The passed expertise design documentation to strengthen Yeghegis river coastal segments in Shatin community of Vayots Dzor region was developed and provided to the community for leveraging funds to finalise the work in 5 segments of the river, whereas the project also supported the strengthening works of 2 river segments.

Land-uze zonation mapping for Chiva, Shatin, Martiros and Rind communities of Vayots Dzor region was conducted. The pre-design scheme for mudflow protection activities for residential building, schools and agricultural lands for 4 landslide and mudflow-prone segments in Chiva community of Vayots Dzor region is developed.

The construction of passive solar greenhouse with drip irrigation system in Horbategh community of Vayots Dzor region with a total size of 260sq.m. has started. 


Who Finances it?


Donor name

Amount contributed



GoA (in-kind)


UNDP CO (in-kind)


Delivery in previous fiscal year

December 2013

$ 21,155.00

Decemner 2014 $ 279,238.18
July 2015 $ 58,197.00

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Armenia 
Go to UNDP Global