Development of the GEF 6 SGP National Strategy Framework and Priority Landscape Assessment
Development of the GEF 6 SGP National Strategy Framework and Priority Landscape Assessment
The following are the main steps for the Armenian Country Programme Strategy (CPS) elaboration process:
1. OP6 Country Programme Strategy consultations and Scoping exercise;
2. Baseline Assessment of the Landscape;
3. Finalization of CPS.
Thus, in the first step outreach and communication with partners and stakeholders about the Operational Phase 6 (OP6) will be carried out. It is envisaged to implement a communication campaign and capacity building activities, which shall demonstrate the possibility to achieve more sustainable, strategic achievements through investment project and synergic impacts and linkages. Afterwards, multi-stakeholder meetings will be organized, including government and international structures, local self-governance authorities, community representatives and other corresponding counterparts. As a result of such discussions and consultations, it will be possible to define the landscape in Armenia, which has priority social and economic important and where the main financial means of the SGP shall be focused through different inter-linked projects, in order to have synergic impact.
The proposed team of “BIOS” NGO has already had initial internal discussions about the possible landscape. Four different landscape selection options were discussed as follows: a) Mountain ecosystems, located at the altitude above 1,000 m above the sea level (Figure 1); b) Arid and semi- arid ecosystems (Figure 2); c) Territory of Armenia within Kura River Basin District or within Araks River Basin District (Figure 3); d) Mountains forests.
There are pros and cons for each of the option of possible target landscape in Armenia. However, the final selection shall be done later on, taking into consideration the consultations with local and national experts and authorities, and analysis of existing information. Based on the consultations, the target landscape will be selected.
As a final activity for the first step, specific criteria for grant making, outside of the selected landscape will be identified. Thus, the following main activities will be implemented within the step 1 of the CPS elaboration process:
a) Communications, outreach and capacity development about OP6 and its strategic initiatives
b) Multi-stakeholder consultations
c) Selection of the landscape/seascape area(s) of focus
d) Grant-making outside the selected landscape/seascape area(s)

Key outputs to be produced in step 1 will include: (a) a short report documenting the consultation and scoping process with agreements on the CPS approach recorded, and (b) a draft outline of the CPS already developed to the extent possible with the landscape to be fully elaborated in Step 2.

The second step of the CPS elaboration process is baseline assessment of the selected landscape. This implied conducting baseline analysis, building upon existing analysis, where available.
The baseline assessment of the selected landscape will help to identify the background situation, develop a strategy of protection and sustainable management of the selected landscape, as well as define indicators for selected strategic initiatives within the SGP.
The baseline assessment will include detailed analysis of the following information:
• Socio-economic situation of the selected landscape, including demography, infrastructure, agriculture, energy and other;
• Natural resources, particularly biological resources;
• Environmental problems and threats, including pressure on water resources and excessive forest use, natural disasters, illegal activities in mining, climate change and others;
• Completed and on-going programs, projects and plans in the selected landscape (national and international);
• Existences of active NGOs and community based organizations, within the context of involving the potential of local population.
The analysis will be supplemented with cartographic information, including the following maps for the selected landscape:
• Geographic location, topography, landscapes, hydrology, soil types, forests and etc.;
• Biodiversity, including Red Data Book and endemic species, hot spots, genetic species and species of economic importance and etc.;
• Areas subject to natural disasters, are under significant anthropogenic pressure, degraded soils, forest logging areas, pollution hot spots and etc.;
• Boundaries of the selected landscape, which shall be defined taking into consideration the baseline data, as well as gaps that can be filled through SGP investments.
The background information on the existing situation in the landscape within the baseline assessment shall be collected through intensive cooperation and consultations with the local communities and stakeholders, which can be used at a later stage for defining the objectives and desired conditions for the selected landscape. Based on that, strategic initiatives for the OP6 will be elaborates within the selected landscape, together with the modalities for implementation, including strategic priorities for distribution of grants.
a) Baseline analysis and formulation;
b) Elaborating SGP OP6 Strategic initiatives within the landscape context;
c) Proposed modalities for implementation.
As a key output of the Landscape Baseline Assessment process a report will be produced that will present the baseline analysis, the elaboration of the SGP strategy within the landscape and the modalities for implementation. The report will also present the consultative process followed and the results of community consultations held. This report will be presented to the NSC and NC in both English and Armenian languages.
In the third step, once the baseline assessment process for the selected landscape area of focus is completed and agreed, the CPS will be fully elaborated and finalized. To do that the draft CPS will be submitted to the NSC for the review and comments, and then it will be finalize
As a key output of this step draft final CPS, according to the template presented in attachment 3 to this proposal, will be produced for public dissemination.
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BIOS Ecological NGO
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US$ 9,950.00
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Mr. Gevorg Manukyan


Geghhovit community
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