Armenia: EU project inspires kids to care about clean environment
The EU-funded Civil Society Local Energy Efficiency Network (CLEEN), in collaboration with the Noyemberian Fine Arts School Armenian National YWCA, has developed an interactive lesson on ‘Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’ for the children.
CLEEN project experts prepared the special knowledge-sharing lesson for school children and their teachers on energy efficiency and energy saving , and asked the participants to express their ideas in painting. Fine art teachers were happy that their students learned not only drawing techniques but also about environment friendly technologies.
CLEEN (Civil society Local Energy Efficient Network) is a 3-year EU-funded project that aims to build a partnership of civil society organisations (CSOs), as well as to strengthen CSOs’ capacities in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The project focuses on energy efficiency and cost savings, and increased accountability of local and national authorities on this issue. (EU Neighbours East Info)
EU helps Armenia to develop strategy on migration and border management
The European Union, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), and the UNDP have signed a cooperation agreement for a new project to “Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia” (MIBMA). The project, funded by the European Union, aims to enhance the approximation of migration and border management in Armenia to European standards.
The project will increase security, facilitate trade and support the possible visa liberalization dialogue between the European Union and Armenia. The Programme consists of two key components: border management and migration.
The project will result in a new migration strategy for Armenia, which will correspond to European standards, and it will regulate issues on integration, reintegration, labour migration, provision of political asylum, as well as refugees accepted by the country.(EU Neighbours East Info)
Armenia: EU supports criminal justice reforms through education
Twnety-two trainers of the Armenian Justice Academy have been awarded certificates for passing ‘training-of-trainers’ courses on criminal justice. The courses provided the trainers with a profound knowledge of international and national standards relating to the right to life, prohibition of torture and deprivation of liberty. They were part of the EU-Council of Europe joint Programmatic Cooperation Framework and the project for ‘Supporting the criminal justice reform and combating ill-treatment and impunity in Armenia’.
The course covered general criminal investigative methodology, investigations of alleged torture and ill-treatment, cases involving the right to life, investigations involving vulnerable victim/witnesses and suspects, as well as pretrial detention.
Participants were equipped with tools and techniques essential for the delivery of high quality trainings on human rights issues, which will help them contribute to the fight against impunity and to strengthen the rule of law in their country.
The EU-Council of Europe Programmatic Co-operation Framework aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) to implement domestic reforms. It also aims to bring the countries closer to Council of Europe and European Union standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and improve the lives of citizens. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million. (EU Neighbours East Info)
Armenian and Georgian journalists learn to report on forest issues
The EU-funded forestry programme FLEG II organised a regional training and media tour for Armenian and Georgian journalists in Armenia between 19 and 23 September, aimed at supporting the development of their professional skills to provide accurate, reliable, and lively articles on environmental issues, with an emphasis and understanding of forestry aspects.
The press tour included lectures and open discussion on the activities of the programme, on legal and institutional issues of the forestry sector in Armenia and Georgia, assessment of forest use policy, accountability of governmental bodies, forest monitoring, sources of information on the forest sector, illegal logging, main threats to the forests, and analysis of different case studies.
Journalists also visited forests and forest adjacent communities located on the border between Armenia and Georgia to meet with local administrations, forest enterprises, NGOs and local inhabitants. The journalists were enthusiastic to discover remote forests and a number of new facts, which help them to provide accurate information and improve their coverage.
The EUR 9 million ENPI Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG II) programme covers seven countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine, which are collectively home to more than 20% of the world’s forests. The programme deepens reforms in forestry policy, and legal and administrative matters in the sector while carrying out pilot projects, and addressing forest fire and climate issues. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Armenian NGOs focus on solar energy cooperatives
The EU-funded Civil Society Local Energy Efficiency Network CLEEN led an energy efficiency workshop for a group of NGOs operating in the energy field on 26-28 September in Ashtarak city, Armenia. CLEEN experts introduced “The feasibilty vision of energetic cooperatives in Armenia” for the Tapan Eco Club and Ayrudzy NGO to help them create cooperatives for the use of solar energy as an alternative source of energy.
CLEEN network activities aim to promote energy efficiency initiatives, and also to establish a platform where regional NGOs can share their knowledge and experience with each other.
CLEEN (Civil society Local Energy Efficient Network) is a 3-year EU-funded project that aims to build a partnership of civil society organisations (CSOs), as well as to strengthen CSOs’ capacities in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The project focuses on energy efficiency and cost savings , and increased accountability of local and national authorities on this issue. WECF coordinates this project, and provide technical expertise. (EU Neighbourhood Info)