Climate change adaptation in Armenia | EUNewsletter

Climate change adaptation in Armenia

3 June 2013

A new EU-funded project on climate change adaptation was launched in Armenia on 13 May. The Armenian Red Cross Society organised an opening event for the project, which was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, representatives from the Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
The overall objectives of the project are to contribute to policy-making processeses on climate change and to the development of civil society in Eastern Partnership countries, as well as advancing Eastern Partnership political priorities in the areas of environment governance and climate change. This will be done by establishing a network of active NGOs and by organising effective negotiations between national authorities and relevant EU institutions.
Hristea noted that, for adaptation measures to be effective, it was important to anticipate the adverse effects of climate change and take the appropriate action to prevent or minimise the damage it could cause.
In European Union Member States information on and involvement in understanding the need for policy development to tackle climate changes and its effects are strongly encouraged, particularly the work of civil society organisations.
This project is implemented in all six Eastern Partnership countries.

‘In the European Union we monitor with close interest the activities of this project and in particular the results that this project has achieved. A strong and effective civil society organisation network on climate change adaptation in Armenia has the potential to support government policy making in this field. This network will also have an important role to play in keeping the general public informed on the potential impacts of climate change,’ said Hristea.

The project is co-funded by the Austrian Development Agency, the Austrian Red Cross and the Worldwide Fund for Nature. The duration of the project is two years. During this period national and regional conferences, workshops, and seminars for the representatives of relevant NGOs in Eastern Partnership countries will be organised.

Aram Gabrielyan, Coordinator of the Climate Change Convention in Armenia, mentioned that Armenia did not have obligatory commitments to the Kyoto Convention yet in place. By ratifying the Convention, Armenia had repeatedly announced that it was ready to undertake several quantitative commitments to cut emitions, yet, according to Gabrielyan, Armenia needed additional support, including financial aid, to meet its obligations.

Climate change adaptation in Armenia

A new EU-funded project on climate change adaptation was launched in Armenia on 13 May. The Armenian Red Cross Society organised an opening event for the project, which was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, representatives from the Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The overall objectives of the project are to contribute to policy-making processeses on climate change and to the development of civil society in Eastern Partnership countries, as well as advancing Eastern Partnership political priorities in the areas of environment governance and climate change. This will be done by establishing a network of active NGOs and by organising effective negotiations between national authorities and relevant EU institutions. Hristea noted that, for adaptation measures to be effective, it was important to anticipate the adverse effects of climate change and take the appropriate action to prevent or minimise the damage it could cause. In European Union Member States information on and involvement in understanding the need for policy development to tackle climate changes and its effects are strongly encouraged, particularly the work of civil society organisations. This project is implemented in all six Eastern Partnership countries. ‘In the European Union we monitor with close interest the activities of this project and in particular the results that this project has achieved. A strong and effective civil society organisation network on climate change adaptation in Armenia has the potential to support government policy making in this field. This network will also have an important role to play in keeping the general public informed on the potential impacts of climate change,’ said Hristea. The project is co-funded by the Austrian Development Agency, the Austrian Red Cross and the Worldwide Fund for Nature. The duration of the project is two years. During this period national and regional conferences, workshops, and seminars for the representatives of relevant NGOs in Eastern Partnership countries will be organised. Aram Gabrielyan, Coordinator of the Climate Change Convention in Armenia, mentioned that Armenia did not have obligatory commitments to the Kyoto Convention yet in place. By ratifying the Convention, Armenia had repeatedly announced that it was ready to undertake several quantitative commitments to cut emitions, yet, according to Gabrielyan, Armenia needed additional support, including financial aid, to meet its obligations.