For non-toxic environment, from local to global
For non-toxic environment, from local to global
The project is designed to contribute to informed participation and decision-making of communities, CSOs, active groups, decision-makers for implementation and monitoring of measures directed towards protection of human health and the environment locally and globally through elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and obsolete pesticide stockpiles, and addressing associated contaminated sites within a sound chemicals management framework. Thus the present project is designed to contribute to the ongoing GEF-UNDP Full Size Project (FSP) “Elimination of Obsolete Pesticide Stockpiles and Addressing POPs and Contaminated Sites within a Sound Chemicals Management Framework in Armenia”.
In line with the SGP strategies, the project will focus its activities on i) safe pesticide management; ii) reduction of chemicals use and contamination (particularly with POPs compounds); and iii) capacity development, awareness raising and knowledge sharing. The project will contribute to practical solutions of safe management of harmful chemicals through joint efforts with national and international actors; and the development of local capacities for environmentally sound management of harmful chemicals and waste at the community level. Given the common nature of chemicals and waste management issues for the countries in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), the project will foster knowledge exchange and collaboration among local and international partnerships and initiatives (IPEN, WECF, PAN-Europe and PAN-UK) and promote involvement of national stakeholders.
The project will focus on awareness-raising on environmental and health implications of obsolete pesticides and other POPs hazardous waste produced intentionally or unintentionally. The key intervention strategies will be (a) advocacy on environmentally sound management of hazardous chemicals and waste and lobbying with the national, regional and local decision-makers/administrations to promote community engagement in local decision-making and encourage women’s movements; (b) increasing awareness on issues and risks related to POPs and harmful chemicals; (c) building the capacity of local stakeholders (including active women’s groups) in participatory monitoring of application of modern and safe methods for hazardous waste management; (d) local, national and international partnership and networking as appropriate and feasible.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
CapDev
Chemicals
Grant Amount:
US$ 18,392.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 10,854.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 8,320.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP6/Y2/CORE/CH/17/09
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
AWHHE as the leading NGO in promoting public awareness and advocating for environmentally sound solutions of the hazardous chemical waste (particularly POPs) handling issues, will ensure: the coordination between the Elimination of POPs project and local stakeholders; that target communities/CBOs will be informed and actively engaged in the project facilitated community-level activities. AWHHE will continue acting as a key liaison for the project involving community administration, SCOs, private owners of storehouses, respective departments in the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Health within their specific operational mandates., The project will be guided by the operational mandate of the on-going POPs FSP. The activities in this facilitating role will address the identification of technical, management and financing deficiencies among stakeholders through analyzing the existing capacities and provision of relevant information. International NGO networks such as IPEN and PAN will serve as learning and information source including the existing guidelines and related tools. AWHHE’s awareness raising interventions will have national, regional (e.g. Kotayk and Aragatsotn, Armavir regions alternatively) and community level dimensions. Together with the community and other stakeholder representatives will be modeled participatory involvement of community and other responsible sides in the design of a model of works and estimation of relevant resources necessary for the clean-up of community abandoned and mostly privatized obsolete pesticides storehouses.
Planning non gef grant
AWHHE plans to scale-up and replicate this initiative using funds other than GEF (in future) so as to cover the relevant needs of some of the remaining storehouses and stockpiles in other communities.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 100
Livehood
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 3500
Biophysical
Number of national policies informed in POPs focal area 1

Grantee Contact

Ms. Elena Manvelyan
Phone: (+374 91) 218995
Email: office@awhhe.am
 

Address

24 B Baghramyan Ave.
Yerevan , 0019
 

Website

http://www.awhhe.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

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