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  • Armenia: Increasing Resilience by Reducing the Risk of Disaster

    For years, the people of Sipanik expanded the area of land under cultivation in an attempt to grow more food. But each time the Hrazdan River thwarted the efforts of this small, remote community, situated in one of the most disaster-prone areas of Armenia. It swelled and flooded their crops, and the people had to start over once more.

  • Environmental and social benefits of energy efficiency

    UNDP Climate Change Programme is already 15 years on the ground, assisting Armenia in planning and implementing activities aimed at reduction of impacts of climate change, as well as active participation of the country in international cooperation mechanisms.

  • In Armenia, energy efficiency is heating homes and warming lives

    Arev Shirikchyan used to come home to a cold and dark apartment after working two shifts to support her family. In winter, getting proper heat was an ongoing battle for the residents of Avan, the Yerevan neighborhood where she lives.

  • Local Solutions to Wastewater Problems

    Wastewater treatment is a rare luxury in rural areas of Armenia, and domestic wastewater is subjected to either direct disposal to water bodies or land. The same is true for most of settlements in Ararat Valley, where the ground water table is rather high, and there is a high risk of contamination of groundwater aquifers with domestic wastewater and fertilizers.

  • Municipality of Yerevan Join Efforts to Beautify Yerevan
  • Preparing airports for disasters

    Whether it's after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines or the recent outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic, airports often become vital hubs where terrified people seek a passage out and where incoming aid is coordinated and distributed. More often than not however, the high volume of relief goods and personnel, combined with the overall burden of the disaster, are more than many airports are equipped to handle.

  • Strengthening of Forest Fire Management Capacities in Syunik

    The forests of Armenia have suffered from severe deforestation and degradation during the recent decades due to the socio-economic situation in the country. Climate change poses an additional threat for the forest ecosystems of Armenia – wildfires. The forecasted increase in temperature and further aridization of Armenia’s climate is leading to more frequent wildfires, which are additionally affecting the scarce forests of Armenia.

  • UN House in Armenia uses Solar Power

    Encouraged by the initial achievements and motivated by the need to reduce UN carbon footprint, UNDP Armenia initiated another greening initiative that will have a significant local impact by promoting practices aiming at reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Following the example of UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava, the Country Office decided to implement a solar PV project for electricity generation, through installation of grid connected 10 kWt solar panels on the roof of the UN House in Armenia.

  • “Rio+20 - New Development Paradigm” - will Armenia take the new path

    Nowadays global challenges, such as high unemployment, pervasive poverty, social exclusion, depletion or degradation of natural capital, and persistent high levels of pollution are also typical for Armenia. In the threshold of new development challenges, it is an imperative for Armenia to adapt national policies and actions in line with sustainable development principles.

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