Establishment of horticulture and greenhouse farming on earthquake-degraded lands for better social integration of people with disabilities and their families in Spitak community of Lori region
Establishment of horticulture and greenhouse farming on earthquake-degraded lands for better social integration of people with disabilities and their families in Spitak community of Lori region
Spitak community of Lori region, which currently has 17,000 inhabitants, severely suffered from an earthquake in 1988, which had a devastating impact on the community and led to the loss of around 95 per cent of living areas, as well as undermined water management and irrigation systems. The community still faces unresolved housing issues, high unemployment rates leading to seasonal migration, unavailability of agricultural lands due to construction waste and lack of proper irrigation systems, and high numbers of people with disabilities who are excluded from participation in the public life of the community.

The main goal of the project is to rehabilitate the farmlands affected by earthquake debris in Spitak community, in such a way supporting the social-economic integration of people with disabilities and their families into the spheres of production and public activity.

A specific sub-goal of the project aims to implement a sustainable system for management of land and water resources for fighting against the degradation of soil and maintaining high quality agriculture on rehabilitated lands by cleaning the soil from the post-earthquake construction waste.

By constructing the 180-meter long storm drainage system the rainwater will be drained without washout of backyard land plots of about 500 households located in the affected area. A greenhouse of 2000 square meters and an orchard of 3 ha will be constructed on the rehabilitated land. In the future it is also planned to build a drying room for fruits and vegetables, which will be customized for people with disabilities in terms of accessibility and labor organization. Moreover, part of the constructed greenhouse area will be devoted to the creation of a day care centre for children from vulnerable families. These activities represent a concerted effort of various local and international organizations, such as the Spitak municipality, “Kamrjak”, “Limen-Spitak” and “Spitak Farmer” NGOs, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Save the Children, UNICEF and the GEF.

The synergetic nature of these activities will lead to higher impact and greater results in the rehabilitation of Spitak community farmlands affected by the earthquake and better socio-economic integration of people with disabilities and their families in the community through creation of employment opportunities. The inhabitants and particularly the people with disabilities will start cultivating the soil unfarmed for several years, improve the living conditions of their families and children, which will contribute their integration into the public life, thus reducing poverty.

Moreover, through teachers and means of mass media it is planned to raise the public awareness regarding global environmental issues paying special attention towards the events to be organized with community residents and schoolchildren, which will reduce the indifference in the community and ensure educating a generation with caring attitude towards the nature.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
''Limen-Spitak Barorutyun'' social, health, cultural NGO
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 47,782.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 162,822.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 126,165.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP5/Y4/STAR/LD/14/35
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Impact
In line with GEF strategic and national environmental and development priorities, the project will contribute to the prevention of land degradation, contamination of groundwater sources and promote sustainable land management and good agricultural practices. Moreover, the project idea well fits into the National Action Plan on UN Convention to Combat Desertification and is in harmony with the Millennium Development Goals adopted by Armenia (Goal# 7, Target 10: "Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation.")
Capacity - Building Component
It is planned to implement special trainings to enhance capacities of community members for proper operation and maintenance of the orchard, greenhouse and hydro-technical systems. In addition, people with disabilities will learn innovative approaches to greenhouse fruit and vegetable production in order to produce year-round eco-friendly products.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 4
Biophysical
Hectares of degraded land rest 8
Livehood
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 120

Partnership

Save the Children, UNICEF, Spitak Municipality

Grantee Contact

Mr. Artavazd Tosunyan
Phone: +37455 28 60 40
Email: limenspitak@gmail.com
 

Address

8 Norvegakan St
Spitak , Lori , 1805

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

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