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The European Union provides technical assistance and expertise to the elaboration of the spatial master plan for the Yenokavan Municipality in Tavush marz. Spatial planning has an important role in balanced and sustainable regional development policy as it ensures appropriate usage of the territory for economic and social purposes while preserving the value of the natural environment.
With the recent rapid development of tourism in Yenokavan and vicinity, there are increasing risks of mismanaging and damaging the territory by: uncoordinated and excessive infrastructure investments which on the one hand, can be incompatible with the demand and not complete (e.g. inadequate networks of gas, water, energy, sewage, also public function buildings such as schools or health clinics) and on the other hand, can negatively impact the landscape, local architectural harmony and traditions, etc. A good spatial plan will provide the right conditions for proper functional and infrastructural development for tourism and for keeping the environment sustainable. This is the only way to utilize the local/regional tourism potential without damaging the most valuable assets. For these reasons, the Yenokavan Master Plan is approached in an innovative way, combining deep, multi-layer levels of information under the spatial plan and its sub-plans. It is expected that the solutions worked out in Yenokavan will be later used in other locations in Armenia which demonstrate high touristic and environmental value.
This a pilot approach undertaken in close partnership between the Yenokavan local stakeholders (the Municipality and the Development Foundation), the national authorities (the Ministry for Territorial Administration and Development), and the European Union.

ARS_8974On 17 August, the first Tourist Information Centre (TIC) was opened in Dilijan, Tavush marz, as part of the “Dilijan and Adjacent Communities Development Initiative” project. The project is implemented by the Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation, DIS Properties Charity Foundation, the Dilijan Municipality, and Dilijan National Park. It is funded by the EU and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia through the Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP). TIC will offer comprehensive information to tourists and guests visiting Dilijan and Tavush marz. One of the key objectives of the centre is to boost the tourist attractiveness of Dilijan National Park and the adjacent areas, and to become a major platform for coordinating all tourism- and recreation-related events in the marz. The centre has given 6 people the opportunity to find a job.

ARS_9020Hoa-Binh Adjemian, the Head of the Cooperation section of the EU Delegation in Armenia, welcomed guests to TIC and congratulated the community: ‘The European Union is supporting the government to promote more balanced social and economic development in the regions of Armenia through creating new jobs and increasing economic competitiveness. This project is interesting for many reasons. It reflects EU support in Armenia and builds potential in Tavush marz. It marks the start of cooperation with the IDeA Foundation – the foundation, which has done a great job’.

ARS_9045Rafi Baghdjian, CEO of the IDeA Foundation, praised EU support: ‘IDeA Foundation is implementing various types of projects in Dilijan to transform the city and the region into a leading cultural, education, healthcare, and tourist hub. The establishment of the TIC with EU co-funding, as well as the renovation of the city park, start to create infrastructure necessary for Dilijan to morph into the “Davos in the Caucasus”, where tourists from various countries will be offered high-quality services’.

ARS_8946This two-year grant project aims to boost the tourist attractiveness of Dilijan and adjacent communities, thus boosting local economies. At least 330 people and 120 enterprises will benefit. Capacity-building help them develop tourism and hospitality in Dilijan and the wider marz, as well as lessen unemployment. 50 direct employment opportunities will be created through the project, allowing Dilijan City Market, Agro Pavilion, and the Arts and Crafts Centre to cater to both locals and visitors alike. The project will provide grant support of up to €5,000 to third parties. Beneficiaries will be enterprises willing to create additional employment opportunities for residents of Dilijan and adjacent communities. The total project budget is €1,195,000, of which the EU contribution is €780,000.