Support to Development of Border Communities in Tavush Region

Dec 22, 2015

The opening session prior to signing the MoUs

Yerevan, 22 December 2015 – Until 2020, 45 bordering communities of Tavush region, with an overall population of 62,000, will have the opportunity to develop their own community plans, prioritizing activities - such as infrastructure and income generating activities - for financing within the framework of “Integrated Support to Rural Development: Building Resilient Communities” project, financed by the Government of the Russian Federation and implemented by the UNDP in Armenia, in close partnership with the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations. The project budget is over USD 5 million.   

In 2015, the UNDP designed the development plans for 8 rural communities in Tavush region through participatory mechanisms by identifying the local needs and their feasible solutions in cooperation with the local communities.

Today, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia and Vache Terteryan, RA First Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, co-chaired the Project Steering Committee meeting, with participation of representatives of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Armenia, and the project.

During the meeting UNDP in Armenia signed Memorandums of Understanding with the Armenian Relief Society, as a first step of initiating the construction of greenhouses with drip irrigation, and Koghb and Voskevan communities on improvement of energy efficiency of community infrastructures. The Armenian Relief Society keeps the issues of border communities in its focus and prioritizes any support to these communities. In addition, the results achieved in 2015 were summed up and several implementation issues were discussed during the meeting.

Since 2001, UNDP in Armenia has provided support to over 150 communities in Armenia, including rehabilitation of rural infrastructures and providing income generation, while building institutional capacities through jointly developed local community plans



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For further information, please contact:

Hovhannes Sarajyan

Communications Associate

UNDP in Armenia

Tel: (+374 60) 530000 (128)  

Mobile: (+374 91) 420122


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