The European Union Delegation to Armenia has announced the start of two new EU-funded projects in the area of environmental protection in Armenia.
The ‘EU4Environment: Green community – resilient future’ project, implemented by a consortium led by the ‘Armenia Tree Project’, will promote urban green planning and green energy solutions. During next three years, tree nurseries to supply seedlings for urban greening initiatives will be established in 15 municipalities in Shirak, Lori and Tavush, with the aim of planting 458,000 trees. To promote eco-friendly behaviour, 7,000 schoolchildren in the target communities will be trained and involved in environmental education, awareness raising campaigns, eco-clubs, eco-camps and annual clean up initiatives.
Another large scale project to promote more sustainable urban governance and climate change adaptation is to be implemented under the ‘Local Authorities: Partnerships for sustainable cities 2020 call for proposals’. The ‘Alliance for Better City Governance’ project will support the municipalities of Vanadzor and Gyumri to design and offer their citizens a greener environment. With the support of the project, ten modern and environmentally friendly buses and two plants that will turn plastic waste into construction material will start operations, and 700 bins to separate household waste will be distributed. Also, a geographic information system for environmental management, modelling and planning, will be installed and launched in the two towns over the next three years. The project will also focus on raising awareness and promoting practices such as waste separation and recycling.
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