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    Country: [Armenia]


Reporting period: [2005 - 2009]


    This section of the report should provide a summary of the key results achieved. It could include: ? A summary assessment of the progress made with regards to the outcomes identified, as well as the specific

    major contributions made by UNDP, through its outputs, to that progress. In the Democratic Governance portfolio the institutional capacity of the Human Rights Defender’s Office was

    significantly strengthened and a Tolerance Center established. Human rights knowledge was promoted through development and incorporation of HR and Gender modules into civil servants curriculum, tolerance education in secondary school, as well as through building capacity of the media to promote tolerance. Policy level advice on human rights/tolerance, gender, human and drug trafficking was provided through numerous surveys and studies. Moreover, UNDP supported further harmonization of national legislation on human and drug trafficking, as well as on gender with international norms, including decriminalization of drug use in Armenia and development of draft Gender Equality Law. Policy dialogue was initiated by producing third annual report on drug situation in Armenia and the second regional report on drug situation in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Institutional capacity to combat trafficking and illegal migration and assist victims was strengthened by numerous training and introduction of ICT-unabled technologies for stakeholders, by establishing migrant support points and by providing medical, psychological, legal and reintegration assistance to female and male victims of trafficking through Rehabilitation and Drop-in centers. UNDP’s substantial on-going efforts aimed to enhance women's

    representation and participation in decision-making included provision of trainings on implementation of the NAP on Advancement of Women and CEDAW, gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting to central and local government officials and Human Rights Defender's Office, thus influencing national, sectoral and local development strategies to incorporate MDG 3. As a result of these efforts coupled with a country-wide media campaign, the government recognized promotion of gender equality as a priority in its 2008-2012 program. Also, as a result of UNDP efforts in five regions of Armenia, number of women elected in LSG bodies in 2008 increased by 21.7%.

    In Anti-Corruption (AC) sector, UNDP significantly contributed to the government, civil society and media ongoing effort to ensure transparent and accountable governance through implementation of Participatory Monitoring of Corruption Risks in health and education and a gap analysis on compatibility of the national AC framework with UNCAC requirements Policy recommendations developed through both initiatives are incorporated in the draft AC 2009-2012 national strategy. Through ICT-enabled systems UNDP provided direct access of citizens to local, regional and central authorities in executive, legislative and judicial branches.

    UNDP efforts in the mine-action area fostered development of the national strategy on mine action that fall under the MDG Target 1.For the first time a clear picture of landmine problem in Armenia with defined scope of landmine contamination was presented as a result of a country-wide Landmine Impact Survey (LIS.) It is with pride and honor to say that LIS Armenia was approved by the Government of Armenia and certified by the UN Certification Committee after the first hearings. Technical survey and clearance was conducted in one of the high-impact communities of Syunik region of Armenia and the national capacities were enhanced on how to lead landmine clearance operations, formulation of national mine action strategy was supported, mine risk education programmes and public awareness campaigns were conducted in 36 communities. National disaster preparedness capacity was enhanced through renovated and technically upgraded regional rescue centre of the Academy of Crisis Management, disaster preparedness and risk reduction three-year programme framework document was formulated and the regional Advisor was enrolled to support UNDP, UNCT and the national disaster preparedness efforts, including those for the Avian Flu.

    In the Socio-Economic Governance portfolio the concept of human development was promoted and integrated into national strategies, including the Sustainable Development Program (PRSP-2). Local self governance and local economic development, offered the best possibilities to address poverty reduction and regional disparities, to improve civil engagement and participation. The establishment of municipal service system improved the delivery of public services. The Introduction of Strategic Planning and Performance Budgeting at the

     1 This assessment of results is to be prepared only in the absence of a completed Assessment of Development Results (ADR) for the cycle.

    municipality level provided an entry point and mechanism for enhancing the planning and monitoring capacities of elected authorities, and for ensuring transparency and accountability in public service delivery. Interventions helped to generate sustainable income in about 150 rural and urban communities (establishment of milk collection points, orchyards, agricultural machinery pools, seed revolving funds). SME were promoted through provision of quality business services and capacity building.

    In the Environmental Governance portfolio, activities contributed to the development of regulatory frameworks for strengthening environmental management to ensure implication of sustainable development practices. Policy papers, analytical studies , recommendations and pilot activities were developed and conducted to i) improve legislative frameworks to increase energy efficiency; (ii) introduce new technologies for renewable energy; (iii) rehabilitate municipal heat & water supply systems, iv) enhance national capacity to meet its commitments under global environmental management on climate change, and v) elaborate climate change adaptation programs in vulnerable sectors, and mainstream adequate climate change response measures into national development activities. UNDP assisted the Government in revising & updating national environmental policy while integrating the concept of sustainable development into national strategies and plans. The new National Environmental Action Programme links environmental problems with sectoral challenges (such as health, industry, education, agriculture and others). UNDP assisted in addressing Ozone layer depletion issues through a set of projects on introduction of new technologies and training. “Reducing Transboundary Degradation of Kura

    Araks River Basin” regional project for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia as well as participation in the Environment and Security regional initiative of UNDP, UNEP, OSCE, NATO, UNECE, and REC CEE made considerable contribution to improvement of the regional cooperation between Armenia Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    A regional Local Level Risk Management (LLRM) module was piloted, and information management capacity of Armenian Rescue Service (ARS) strengthened. Interventions promoted public awareness activities on disaster risk reduction on national level. The CO contributed to the UN Country Team’s disaster preparedness and response efforts via sourcing a Disaster Management Advisor who supported the DMT and ensured inter-agency contingency planning.

    The implementation of the NAP on Advancement of Women was supported. Gap analysis of the legislation through gender lens resulted in the development of a draft law on Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities. Public awareness campaigns addressed gender stereotypes. These efforts lead to the government’s recognition to

    consider the promotion of gender equality as a priority in its 2008-2012 program.

? Major achievements in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment should be highlighted

    In the framework of the "Gender and Politics in Southern Caucasus" project, through its work with the National Institute on Labor and Social Research, a government-affiliated think tank, UNDP contributed to improved capacities of the Institute to analyze and promote gender-related issues. The number of gender related researches, policy recommendations, trainings and other activities conducted by the Institute increased tremendously. As a result of the research, activities and lobbying of the Institute, the Government of Armenia for the first time recognized promotion of gender equality as a priority for its 2008-2012 program.

    ? Major achievements in developing capacity should be highlighted The establishment of municipal service system aimed at establishing a corps of professional, well-trained and legally protected municipal servants has improved the delivery of basic services in respective communities. In this connection UNDP has developed a textbook compiling in one comprehensive document legal, regulatory, normative, and educational materials to support the establishment and strengthening of the Municipal system in the country.

    Of special importance in this regard are the comparative analysis of theoretical approaches related to this area, the policy proposals on strengthening and development of municipal service system, the study and analytical presentation of international experience on municipal service, and the comparative analysis of systems functioning in Armenia and in other countries. Pilot trainings for certification commissions (to certify the municipal servants) have taken place.

    The establishment and effective functioning of the Ministry of Diaspora was widely supported through the introduction of innovative mechanisms and initiatives. Ministerial capacities will be supported through the exchange of technical knowledge through the launched TOKTEN program which invites Diaspora Armenians to provide their skills and knowledge to contribute to development initiatives in Armenia.

    ? Key partnerships and inter-agency collaboration undertaken and their impact on results

    Since the establishment of the institute of the ?National Directors? at the Deputy Ministerial level, entrusted with the overall guidance and coordination of UNDP projects and programs it was observed that a stronger sense of ownership of UNDP programs has developed at the government counterpart side. It became evident that by performing such functions at the highest possible level, alignment with national development priorities and policies were secured.

    The Armenian Diaspora communities worldwide constitute a significant potential for the home country by means of knowledge, skills and expertise, plus ongoing financial resources’ flow in terms of remittances, investment and participation in development projects. Already diaspora networks in business, science and technology, culture and education are in place, and the comprehensive utilization of this potential still remains a major task for Armenia. It is foreseen that the current global economic crisis may also impact the ability of the Armenian Diaspora to invest in the country or fund development projects in the same rate as in the past. As bilateral donors continue to finalize their programmes with Armenia, the EC is currently the single most important partner for Armenia in terms of resources’ to fund development programmes (mainly through the ENP action Plan, implemented through direct budget support. UNDP has continued to consistently develop the relationship with the local EU Delegation, based on a shared vision of Armenia’s development priorities, and

    already three EU-funded projects: two regional (SCAD and the recently signed Integrated Border Management), plus a breakthrough national project for the Provision of a High Level Advisory Group for Armenia.

    Denmark and Italy continue to be major donors for UNDP Armenia during 2009, in the areas of culture, community development and vocational training.

II: Country Programme Performance Summary

Country information

    Country name: Armenia

    Current country programme period: 2005 - 2009

    Outcomes Total Key Indicators of outcome (1-4 per Progress made against key indicators (Economic Governance Portfolio) Expenditure outcome) a) Number of PRSP strategies, policies a) Second generation PRSP/Sustainable Development Outcome 1: Support to Strategic $ 1,831,630 and programmes reviewed and Programme adopted in 2008 Policy Development is provided adjusted on the basis of monitoring b) Social Partnership Institute concept paper and agreement

    data, policy oriented surveys and was developed based on wide discussions with all

    researches stakeholders and approved by Government

    b) Set of recommendations channeled

    through participatory mechanisms to

    state agencies, PRSP Working Group

    and incorporated in the strategies,

    policies and programmes

    UNDP Contribution:

    (Please provide an assessment of the progress made against the CP outputs over the cycle, and indicate their contribution to the outcome. Please indicate each of the main

    outputs and provide a summary assessment of overall progress)

CP Outputs:

    Support to Policy Development: 1.Second generation PRSP adopted.2. MDG Regional Frameworks developed.3. PRSP 2 Social Partnership Institute Concept Paper approved. New agreemaent and Memorandum of Understanding signed. 4. HIV/AIDS related issues incorporated into national development strategies. 5. NHDR 2008 topic identified and approved

    Support to Armenia-Diaspora cooperation: 1.Global Armenia Programme launched;2. TOKTEN Programme launched; 3: Diaspora related web-sites developed and launched.

    EU Advisory Group for Armenia: High level advisory services provided to Armenian state institutions and organizations

Progress and Achievements:

    As of February 2009 the following was achieved against this outcome:

    The achievements of related Outcome is on track through the implementation of 5 main components.

    To implement first component consultations were held with state authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders to finalize the PRSP through participatory process. Final draft was endorsed by the Steering Committee and adopted by GoA as a Sustainable Development Program.

    Within II component Situation assessment report which includes socio-economic, governance and environmental issues and MDG National Progress Report was developed. Preparation of MDG Regional Frameworks started. Overall this exercise will identify the most important targets for local development and help the decision makers to adjust their actions towards further reduction of poverty and regional disparity.

    Within III component final version of PRSP Social Partnership Institute concept paper and agreement developed and approved by GoA. To achieve IV component “Action plan for mainstreaming HIV/AIDS issues into strategic development documents” with relevant logical steps, responsible persons, timing and funds allocation was developed and agreed. Based on the survey and desk study results HIV prevention activities among mobile population developed and would be


    To implement V component wide range of discussions with Government, academia and civil society to choose the topic for NHDR 2008 were initiated. Migration in a

    broader sense (including labor migration, brain drain, remittances, etc) was chosen as theme for the NHDR.

    Outcome 2: Innovative income $ 4,879,451 a) Percentage increase in the share of a) Share of SMEs gross output in GDP was around 41% generation schemes and SMEs gross output in GDP. in 2008 against 38% in 2005. mechanisms are introduced b) Policies and standards in vocational b) Educational Didactic Packages comprising

    educational sector aimed at providing Competency-Based Sate Qualification Standard,

    labor market oriented education are Modular Program, and Manual developed and adopted.

    introduced and endorsed by the c) Concept Note on PPP developed and submitted to the

    Government. Government. 4 PPP projects implemented in the

    c) Number of Public Private Partnership framework of GC Project

    (PPP) projects implemented and

    volume of contributions through the

    scheme to developmental projects.

    UNDP Contribution:

CP Outputs:

    Support services for small and medium enterprises are introduced at regional and local levels 1. 15-20 new enterprises receive state registration; 2.Research of equity

    financing mechanisms for SMEs implemented

    3. "B&B cluster development pilot program” in Tavush marz of Armenia successfully finalized;4. Training course held for SME DNC central and branch offices staff (51 participants);5. 9 start-up business support programs implemented in the marzes of Armenia.

    Enabling up to date educational environment is established for the VET system colleagues based on current labor market demand: 1. Rehabilitation in 5 Vocational colleges is finalized. 2. 5 colleges are equipped for providing qualified vocational training.3. At least 2 new modular programs/ manuals are developed and published. 4. Training is provided to Trainers and trainees on developed modular programs and manuals. 5. Recommendations on VET policy are developed and provided top Government based international consultancy. 6. PR campaign for VET sector is conducted for high schools.

    Investments channeled through Public-Private-Partnerships: 5 companies join GC Armenia network; 2. $150,000 mobilized from the private sector; 3. 4 PPP Projects

    initiated and completed. 4. At least 20 new jobs created as a result of GC initiatives; 5. At least 4 GC/CSR capacity building learning events/activities.

    Progress and Achievements: Strategic goal of Outcome achieved through implementation of 3 Projects aimed at introducing innovative income generating schemes, increasing youth/adult employability and promoting SCR Concept in Armenia.

    SME Development Project successfully supported implementation of State Program, improvement of business support services to SMEs and provision of consulting and promotional services. Programs to increase knowledge and business skills of start-up SMEs were implemented with total number of participants of 409. 86 new businesses

    received State registration creating 130 new work places. SMEs received loans in total amount of 54 mln AMD (equivalent to US$ 176,000) with the support of revolving

    Guarantee Fund. B&B development program in Tavush was implemented resulting in 8 registered businesses.

    VET Project upgraded the facilities and furnished 5 training institutions with equipment; modernized curricula for 9 subject areas, developed/produced training

    materials/6000 manuals, trained 300 faculty staff. Project contributed to legal environment of VET and Employment sectors: draft Lifelong Learning concept and Law on Adult Education developed.

    In the framework of GC Project Concept Paper on Public Private Partnership was developed, submitted to the Government and approved. As of January 2009 34 organizations are participating to GC from Armenia. It should serve as a basis for development/amendment of current Armenia legislation on PPP. 7 PPP Projects cost-shared by GC network members were implemented in the regions of Armenia. The main purpose of the implemented projects was the sustainable development of rural

    areas of Armenia through creating jobs. Raising public awareness on Social Responsibility and supporting young generation were also in the focus of the mentioned PPPs.

    Outcomes Total Key Indicators of outcome (1-4 per Progress made against key indicators (Democratic Governance Expenditure outcome)


    Outcome 3: Respect for, and the $ 6,657,162 c) Level of public awareness and c) Public Awareness raised through events on

    awareness of human rights, knowledge on Human rights and HR/tolerance: roundtables, TV programs, town-hall including womens rights, is mechanisms of their protection is meetings, e-Parliament days, production of 3,500 copies increased" raised among targeted groups of HR materials.

    d) Number of human rights claims d) Complaint growth 2008 is 8% VS 2007: total # of

    submitted for the attention of the complaints in 2008 is 3609 (5331 people). For

    HRD and properly addressed is comparison: 2007 complaint growth is 37,1% VS 2006.

    increased. e) Level of application of UN HR Treaties (CAT and Labor

    Rights of CESCR) in courts analysed, recommendations e) Level of application of ratified

    shared w/ stakeholders. Human rights instruments is

    increased. f) 33% rise of trafficking cases investigated by law

    enforcement, 66% rise of victims # assisted by shelter. f) Percentage increase in the human

    trafficking cases identified and g) 21,7% increase of # of women elected in LSG bodies in

    handled by relevant bodies (NGOs, 5 regions that are in UNDP training program. In

    law enforcement bodies and Public contrast, in other 5 regions it dropped by 25%

    Prosecutor) h) Gender-sensitive recommendations included in PRSP,

    Gender module included in civil servants training, draft g) Percentage increase in number of

    Gender Equality Law developed. female candidates running for local

    and parliamentary elections and

    engaged at local self governing

    (LSG) bodies and national


    h) Number of initiatives of state

    agencies aimed at mainstreaming

    gender based approach in legislation

    and policies.

    UNDP Contribution:

    (Please provide an assessment of the progress made against the CP outputs over the cycle, and indicate their contribution to the outcome. Please indicate each of the main

    outputs and provide a summary assessment of overall progress)

CP Outputs:

Protecting Human Rights and Promoting HR Education at all levels of educational system: To strengthen enforcement of UN HR treaties ratified by Armenia, UNDP

    supported analysis of application of selected HR Treaties in the Armenian courts followed by development of training curriculum for judges. A first-ever baseline study on HR, including HR education was conducted and presented to the stakeholders. Next, UNDP supported development of Human Rights training module for Civil Servants and tolerance curriculum for secondary school. Tolerance concept was promoted through non-formal education as well, including rounds of grant programs in the regions,

    support to production of two documentaries in the framework of annual international Golden Apricot Film Festival, discussions and seminars. Media capacity to promote HR, tolerance, gender issues was strengthened through numerous trainings, introduction of methodology of tolerance monitoring, and opportunities to utilize their knowledge through programmes of various formats. UNDP supported enforcement of the Freedom of Information Law in 17 communities through enhancing participatory


The Public Defender’s Office responds effectively to violations of human rights: Capacity of the HRDO was significantly strengthened by assessment of support to

    existing internal management system , including human resources and case management, by supporting development of HRDO Strategic plan for three years (including the Tolerance Center Strategy and Action Plan, by supporting policy-level researches on number of HR issues (e.g., minorities, disabled, amendments to electoral code, annual and ad hoc reports,) by raising public awareness of HRD mandate and activities through production of country-wide dissemination of newsletter and publications, as well as series of awareness-raising seminars.

    Legislative and policy frameworks on human and drug trafficking are harmonized regionally, victim assistance centers and drug control units are established, civil society monitoring networks are expanded and officials combat trafficking: National capacity to combat human and drug trafficking strengthened through support

    to development of the National Referral Mechanism and strategy on nationalizing of shelter for victims of trafficking, as well as support to development of the draft National Drug Strategy and supporting legislative amendments. As a result, drug use was decriminalized n Armenia and drug substitution treatment introduced. To further improve victim assistance, UNDP supported development and installation of questionnaires on victim identification at the RA Police, implemented capacity assessment of law

    enforcement IT system followed by establishment of IT networks for 52 divisions of RA procuracy and development of textbook on “Combating organized crime, including trafficking in persons” for the law school; respective personnel from medical institutions and border guards were trained, medical, psychological, legal and reintegration assistance to female and male victims of trafficking was provided through Rehabilitation and Drop-in centers. Parallel to that, capacity to protect and assist victims of

    human and drug trafficking was strengthened by development of a comprehensive legislative package on trafficking and state protection of participants of criminal proceedings, by development of technical paper on strategies for mass media interventions on issue of trafficking and countrywide campaign in trafficking-related issues, including production and broadcast of TV mock trials/spots on cases of trafficking in persons. Civil society engagement in anti-trafficking efforts was strengthened through professional orientation workshops, summer school, trainings and meetings. Also, Migrant Support points/3 registration centers and 2 information nodes were established and operational. Regional cooperation was supported through organization of several regional meetings on combating human and drug trafficking for government officials, law enforcement and NGO sector reps.

    Drug Monitoring Centers and Drug Rehabilitation Center were established, construction of a new Narcological Department of penitentiary hospital supported, by

    institutionalization of the Interdepartmental Unit on Drug Profiling under the inter-agency Commission on Combating Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking supported.

    “Healthy Lifestyle” curriculum developed and introduced in schools. Policy dialogue was initiated by producing several annual reports on drug situation in Armenia and two regional reports on drug situation in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Challenges of human and drug trafficking were addressed through numerous regional and bilateral


    Public awareness on human rights is increased and women leaders participate actively in policy-making and piece building: Through UNDP significant efforts, national, sectoral and local development policies were influenced to incorporate promotion of gender equality. UNDP supported development of the draft Gender Equality Law, contributed to gender sensitization of PRSP and MDG localization, introduced gender module into the mandatory training curriculum for civil servants, raised gender

    sensitivity of university students (in three universities) introduced gender sensitive budget in the Ministry of Labor and Social Issues, supported implementation of the National Action Plan on Advancement of Women. Parallel to that, UNDP implemented several rounds of countrywide campaign on promotion of gender equality. Also,

    through UNDP efforts the level of women represented in local self-governance bodies increased by 21,7% in five regions of Armenia. To promote citizen meaningful participation in electoral processes through community-based initiatives, UNDP implemented two rounds of discussions on election-related issues in 44 communities and Yerevan for the community members to assess their participation in elections, identify main factors hampering meaningful participation in electoral processes and formulate issues/suggestions on improvement of the electoral processes through the “Voices of the People” methodology. As a follow-up to one of the election-related concerns identified by the participants, UNDP supported construction of ramps in seven schools/polling stations with the highest numbers of handicapped voters.

    a) Number of recommendations a) 33 recommendations on reduction of corruption risks in Outcome 4: Participatory $ 1,842,508 channeled through participatory health/education included in draft Anti-Corruption policymaking among targeted mechanisms and through legal/policy Strategy, 84 on UNCAC compliance presented. groups is promoted analysis and proportion of those b) Four agencies, including Ministry of Territorial

    incorporated into the national Administration, Ministry of Justice, Court of Cassation

    strategies, policies and programmes. and the National Assembly, as well as municipalities of

    12 cities offer on-line services. Number of daily users b) Number of state agencies offering on-

    of site increased to 1,518 against the line services and information and

    average of 1,000 in 2007 during eight months (January-number of users of those on-line

    August) of 2008. services.

    c) Feedback received from public on TV c) Citizen feedback raised from average 5 calls per

    programmes increased (Positive vs. program to 40-50 at the end for total of 134 programs

    negative) ("feedback" will be on corruption- and election-related issues.

    identified by phone calls related to the d) 104 TV program (talk shows, debates, vox pops, PSAs)

    programme and comments of the on citizens, including women, participation in elections

    audience). broadcast with coverage of 2,700,000.

    d) Number of initiatives to promote a e) Two rounds of community-based discussions on

    dialogue on participatory processes, election-related issues with more than 1600 participants

    including elections and related issues. in 44 communities.

UNDP Contribution:

CP Outputs:

    Interactive e-governance systems and mechanisms for disseminating public information are established countrywide: Interactive e-Governance system was established in 10 regional centers and 12 selected communities and transferred to the Ministry of Territorial Administration as a comprehensive “e-Regions” portal. e-Auction module for implementation of state auctions in on-line regime was developed and currently applied by the Department of Mandatory Enforcement of Judicial Acts (Bailiffs;) also, to unable citizen access to judiciary branch, UNDP jointly with the Council of Court Chairmen and the Court of Cassation developed the e-Judiciary portal. To encourage citizen direct interaction with their elected representatives through ICT-enabled systems, UNDP implemented a country-wide e-Parliament campaign and trainings for citizens, NGOs, members of parliament and staff.

    Civil society monitors implementation of the National Strategy on Anti-Corruption and the private sector actively participates in anti-corruption initiatives: To further engage civil society in anti-corruption efforts and promote national dialogue on participation, UNDP conducted country-wide participatory monitoring of corruption risks in health and education sectors and presented recommendations developed by the monitoring groups to the government. Also, a comprehensive gap analysis of compliance of Armenia’s institutional framework on anti-corruption with the requirements of the UN Convention Against Corruption was conducted to support the country in meeting its obligations under UINCAC. Policy recommendations were presented to stakeholders and incorporated in the draft 2009-2012 national Anti-Corruption strategy. 33 recommendations on how to decrease corruption risks in health and education that were developed by UNDP through participatory process and presented to the

    government in 2007, were fully incorporated into the draft national Anti-Corruption Strategy in 2008. Media initiatives to raise awareness on corruption-related issues were supported, 30 TV programs on corruption in education, health, local self-government bodies, privatization, environment, judicial, electoral, etc. prepared and broadcasted.

Legislative and policy frameworks on lobbying are introduced and the National Assembly, private sector and civil society groups use legal lobbying practices:

    UNDP supported development of Draft regulatory framework for lobbying through technical inputs and nationwide discussion with participation of more than 500 representatives of business organizations, communities and various civil society organizations and networks was facilitated. The terms of reference for business corporate code of conduct were also drafted and presented to the business community.

    Outcomes Total Key Indicators of outcome (1-4 per Progress made against key indicators (Environmental Governance Expenditure outcome)


    Outcome 6. The conservation and $831,222 a. Number of sectoral strategies and plans a. Major environmental policy paper for the upcoming 5 years- sustainable use of natural resources incorporating Sustainable Development II NEAP adopted by the Government in 2008 based on SD

    is strengthened (SD) principles developed and adopted. principles

     b. Local Environmental Action Plan developed and under

    b. Number of communities promoting safe implementation for Kajaran city

    environment and healthy life-style

    through development of integrated

    environmental programmes.

    UNDP Contribution:

    (Please provide an assessment of the progress made against the CP outputs over the cycle, and indicate their contribution to the outcome. Please indicate each of the main

    outputs and provide a summary assessment of overall progress)

CP Outputs:

Regular framework for strengthening environmental management; Second National Environmental Action Programme adopted by the government and published,

    Local Environmental Action Programme for Kajaran city developed and published. Three Project initiation format (PIF) and Project preparation grant (PPG) developed and get approval for $1.5 Million funding from the GEF. 80 high level officials from Government, parliament and academics are trained on Sustainable Development principles. National Council for Sustainable Development chaired by Prime Minister established and become operational. Inventory of Waste Dump Sites conducted. Small Grants

    Programme is settled -up and will become operational in second half of 2009

    650 ha. of forest planted. Reducing Transboundary degradation of Kura Araks river basin regional project submitted for GEF funding get approval of $3.1 million.

Progress and Achievements:

    UNDP targeted institutional changes and policy development activities to improve sustainable use of natural resources. "Developing Institutional and Legal Capacity to Optimize Information and Monitoring System for Global Environmental Management in Armenia" medium sized project of $500,000 has been solicited from the GEF. Pursuant to project activities related to the establishment of National Council for Sustainable Development /NCSD initiated back in 2006 UNDP facilitated first meeting of

    the NCSD in July 2008 to identify NCSD's institutional set up and scope of work to promote Sustainable Development in the Armenia. UNDP assisted the government in developing the Second National Environmental Action Program adopted by the Government in September 2008. NEAP II ensured implication of Sustainable Development principles through synergizing Environmental issues with Health, Energy, Industry, Agriculture, Transport & Urban Development sectors & defining priority directions for

    the upcoming 5 years with particular emphasis on the importance of local community involvement in NEAP II implementation stages. Local Environmental Action Programme for Kajaran city developed and published with involvement of local community and contribution from the Kajaran municipality. UNDP also developed 2

    project proposals on 1) "Developing Protected Area System in Armenia" $50K granted to develop MSP for 1 Million and 2) "Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management Principles in Armenia" submitted to GEF technical advisor in Bratislava Regional Center. Small Grants Program became operational in 2008 with recruitment of National

    Coordinator in November 2008. As a result of cooperation with NGO, Regional and Local Authorities - 650 ha. of forest has been planted in Gegharkunik region of

    Armenia with involvement of 300 unemployed refugees from bordering region. Preparatory stage of “Reducing Transboundary Degradation of Kura Araks River Basin” has been finalized and proposal for full size project submitted for the GEF funding get approval of the GEF for $3.1 Million. The project will cover activities in Armenia, Georgia and Azrbaijan.

III. Country Programme Resources

     Regular (TRAC) Other Total Poverty and MDGs 1,981,179.00 5,381,625.00 7,362,804.00 25% Democratic Governance 4,615,339.00 10,560,386.00 15,175,725.00 51% Crisis Prevention and Recovery 811,664.00 1,389,394.00 2,201,058.00 7% Environment and Sustainable Development 656,635.00 4,458,278.00 5,114,913.00 17%

    Total 8,064,817.00 21,789,683.00 29,854,500.00 100%

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