Environment and Energy

Armenia is a landlocked and mountainous country, where forests compose 11.2 percent of the territory, while specially protected areas – 13 percent. Armenia’s major risks of natural disasters are: earthquakes (the whole country is prone to earthquakes); drought (98 percent of the country is at risk) and flooding (31 percent). Landslides and mudflows are also among the most devastating natural disasters and their cost to the society and the economy is very high.

What we do

UNDP is almost twenty years on the ground and we assist Armenia in: promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in household and public sector; reducing the impact of climate change, as well supporting the country’s participation in international cooperation mechanisms; promoting green urban development; creating an effective system of disaster risk reduction; and strengthening biodiversity protection. more

Fast Facts

Apple trees suffer from the climate change that has warmed up for the last ten years. The crops rot right on the trees before ripening and that the warmer weather has given rise to invasive insects harming the trees. more

Our Stories

Solar panels on the roof of the UN House
UN House in Armenia Uses Solar Power

The solar energy on each square meter in Armenia, according to an expert assessment, is equal to one barrel of oil. This huge solar energy potentialmore 

Dr. Diana Harutyunyan, UNDP in Armenia’s climate change expert
Climate Change: a predictable shock

There is a famous anecdote about boiling frogs. It goes that if you place a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap outmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Prevention

    Lessons from a devastating earthquake in 1988 forced national authorities to reconsider its response to natural disasters in order to reduce related risks for people in Armenia. One of the 60 most disaster-prone countries in the world, Armenia faces a heightened risk of catastrophes including earthquakes, drought and flooding.more 

  • Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts in Mountain Forest Ecosystems of Armenia

    Armenia’s forest ecosystems have been identified as a global conservation priority. It has been listed by WWF as a Global 200 Ecoregion, and by Conservation International as a biodiversity hotspot.more 

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