Rehabilitation of agricultural lands through application of biological ponds for domestic wastewater treatment in Parakar community of Armavir region
Rehabilitation of agricultural lands through application of biological ponds for domestic wastewater treatment in Parakar community of Armavir region
The project aims to address agricultural lands degradation and underground water pollution issue caused by continuous contamination of community farmlands by municipal wastewater in Parakar community (with 10.000 population) of Armavir region. The project envisages reconstruction of municipal wastewater system and construction of a lagoon - type treatment plant to ensure sustainable use of affected farmlands and solve critical issues related to health and food security. The project is planned to be implemented in two stages, depending on the inter-dependence of the stages and availability of funds.
At the first stage of the project it is planned to develop a detailed technical design of the treatment plant; get positive conclusions of technical and environmental expertise; construct a polyethylene wastewater collector of 800m long (250mm) to the envisaged treatment plant, observation chambers, mechanical treatment facilities and first biological lagoon.
At this stage, special trainings for the plant operating staff as well as environmental awareness raising of the community population are planned.
At the second stage of the project it is planned to construct the second biological lagoon and develop fishery there, as well as sludge bed – for utilization of the sludge accumulated in the biological lagoons that will allow the community population getting cheap and high-quality organic fertilizer and obtaining ecologically sound product.
The wastewater treated in the biological lagoons will be discharged into irrigation system and used for irrigation purposes.
SGP funding will support the implementation of the first stage only
As a result of the project implementation more than 50ha of agricultural contaminated lands will be rehabilitated and sustainably used. Furthermore, penetration (seepage) of about 12 tons nitrogen and 6 tons phosphorus into ground water aquifer and receiving water bodies will be prevented.
Moreover, about 100 households of the community will get sustainable production of agricultural products (mainly vegetables) and stable income (in average extra US$950 annually), which will improve their social condition.
The environmental awareness level of the community population will rise and they will gain knowledge on sustainable land management. Also, the project will strengthen the capacity of local authorities.

Please see the project photostory at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EE1LYVL32g
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
“Country Water Partnership” Scientific Ecological NGO
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,996.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 192,484.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 32,050.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP4/Y3/CORE/2010/08
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Influence
Based on GEF environmental priorities, it is aimed also at reducing land degradation and sustainable land use, as well as groundwater protection. It is a good pilot project for simple solution of environmental problems. The project is in harmony with the Millennium Development Goals adopted by Armenia, i.e. Goal number 7, target 10: "Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation."
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
During the project implementation it is planned to organize special training courses on sustainable land management practices for the community farmers and residents. Organization of environmental awareness raising campaigns among local population is also planned (development, publication and distribution of information leaflets; organization of meetings and round tables for knowledge sharing). For a broader audience at the national and regional levels, the project will develop information materials, a short film about lessons learnt, presentations and other knowledge management materials.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number and type of support linkages established with local governments/authorities 1
Biophysical
Hectares of degraded land rest 100
Livehood
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 950

Partnership

JINJ Co. Ltd.; Community of Parakar; Global Water Partnership

Grantee Contact

Ms. Arevik Hovsepyan
Phone: (+374 91) 539202
Email: cwp_armenia@yahoo.com
 

Address

12/4 Azatutyan Ave., Apt. 30
Yerevan , 0037
 

Website

http://cwp.am/

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan
Phone:
+374 60 530000+116
Fax:
(+374 10) 543811
Email:
Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
Phone:
+374 60 530000+117
Email:

Address

14 Adamyan St.
Yerevan, 0010

Country Website