Green Climate Fund’s Global programming conference in Republic of Korea

From 17-25 August, 2019 GCF held a Global Programming Conference in Songdo, Republic of Korea with the participation of representatives from 135 developing countries. Armenia’s National designated authority to GCF, Mr. Erik Grigoryan, Minister of Environment of Armenia and director of “Environmental project implementation unit” SA, Mr. M. Galstyan as the head of accredited entity to GCF took part in the conference. GCF’s Global Programming Conference served as a platform for high level-dialogue on country and entity programming plans with GCF. The Conference provided an opportunity for developing countries to discuss the demand for GCF resources that move them towards low-emission and climate resilient pathways in line with the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.

Mr. Galstyan had a number of meetings with the GCF representatives, including bilateral meetings with the country programming team during which questions such as EPIU’s accreditation further steps,  as well as ongoing questions of the “Readiness proposal” currently being implemented by EPIU were discussed, particularly issues related to the progress of the country program development.

As a panelist, the Director of the EPIU participated in a panel session entitled Investing in Institutional Transformation: Direct Access Capabilities for scaling-up which was chaired by the Head of the GCF Portfolio Management Office Mr. S. Malik.

During the meetings some provisions of the Accreditation Master Agreement to be signed between the GCF and the EPIU were clarified, in particular the issue of establishing an independent Redress Mechanism. An arrangement was made to send one the employees of EPIU to the GCF to attend a three-day workshop on the GRM capacity building in October.

GCF expressed its willingness to mission its experts to Armenia to provide free technical assistance in the development of two project concepts within the framework of the ongoing project “Readiness proposal”.

The first managerial interdepartmental board meeting of “Strengthening land based adaptation capacity in communities adjacent to protected areas in Armenia” project took place.

On August 13, 2019, first managerial interdepartmental board meeting of “Strengthening land based adaptation capacity in communities adjacent to protected areas in Armenia” project took place in the Ibis Yerevan Hotel. President of the Board/Deputy minister of the ministry of Environment Vardan Melikyan and Board members from the ministries and territorial administrative bodies were present during the meeting.

Deputy Minister of the ministry of environment Vardan Melikyan welcomed all the participants. Afterward, director of “EPIU” SA Meruzhan Galstyan has presented the project, its components, envisaged activities, expected results and responded to the questions of the participants. Board asserted project’s envisaged schedule of activities and procurement plan for 2019.

Working visit to Narek community

On June 6, 2019 in the frameworks of “Implementation of Land Degradation Neutrality concept in Ararat valley of Armenia” pilot project the deputy director of “EPIU” SA S. Baloyan, head of implementation unit of budget projects M. Tovmasyan and leading specialist of eco-educational project unit G. Mirzoyan with a working visit have taken a trip to Narek community of Ararat marz. Read More

The inception seminar of the “Artik city closed stone pit wastes and flood management” pilot project

On 23 July 2019 in the municipality of Artik took place the inception seminar of the “Artik city closed stone pit wastes and flood management” pilot project.

During the seminar deputy secretary-general of Ministry of Environment A. Avalyan, director of “EPIU” SA M. Galstyan, head of the Artik community M. Varagyan, and the representatives of ME, «EPIU» SA, Shirak provincial administration office, territorial administration bodies, and NGOs. Read More