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October, 2018

of the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development



The two EU funded projects in Syunik province – Clean Alliance: Accessible Services to Goris and Gorayq Communities, and Introducing Construction Materials from Plastic Waste (under PRDP) - reached important milestones during the last few months. After meticulous procurement procedures, both projects obtained necessary equipment and machinery that will support municipalities and their service providing divisions to implement effective and inclusive waste management for local underserviced population.

List of procurements: Item

Settlements where the containers and the bins are placed: Clean Alliance



Garbage Trucks




Containers for general garbage









Bins for plastic waste





Vayots Dzor Yeghegnadzor, Vayq, Jermuk






Office equipment/ furniture (pieces)




This project is funded by the European Union


Syunik Gorayq, Tsghuk, Sarnakunq, Spandaryan, Sisian, Goris, Akner, Verishen, Karahunj, Kapan, Kajaran, Meghri, Agarak


This project is implemented by Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development

Head of EU Delegation, Ambasador Piotr Svitalski inspects the newly purchased garbage truck on Europe Day in Kapan

One of the new garbage trucks

It should be mentioned that the numbers of the purchased goods vary from what was initially stated in the project documents. This is because in the ďŹ rst stage of the project we helped communities elaborate waste management strategies which include detailed calculations, operational plans and logistics based on data received from ďŹ eldwork.

strategic documents

public education


Operation is started

New bins and containers are placed according to the mapping

This project is funded by the European Union

This project is implemented by Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development

Public-Private Partnership in the Framework of the Clean Alliance Project: Contour Global Hydro Cascade CJSC supports Clean Alliance The Clean Alliance project marked its first successful cooperation with the Contour Global Hydro Cascade CJSC. This is one of very few examples of partnership between public, private and non-profit entities in Armenia in which mutually beneficial collaboration is as important as the invested resources.As a responsible company, the CGHC covered the costs for purchasing necessary goods and equipment for the clean-up event in the project areas. The Contour Global Hydro Cascade CJSC also reprinted the Urban Foundation's brochure for children about adverse impact of plastic waste,as well as posters with environmental messages. These materials were widely distributed among participants of the clean-up event. The project team hopes that this cooperation will continue in future and encourage creation of other PPPs in public service sector.

create capacities

Brochures reprinted by the Contour Global Hydro Cascade CJSC

foster separation of plastic waste

reduce unemployment

Changing Behavior Step by Step Step 1: Environmental education and trainings We believe that the first step towards changing people's behavior on treating waste is creating awareness on the issue. The last few months were very intensive in terms of public education and awareness building activities with various audiences. Environmental trainings were conducted with four Civic Action Groups of Goris area and relevant employees of the two municipalities who are responsible for public services and particularly waste management. Special workshops were organized for women on environmentally-friendly household practices. All schools of project area are also engaged but this is an ongoing process.During these trainings, source separation of plastic waste was discussed; benefits of such practice were introduced, adverse impact of plastic waste on nature was shown.

This project is funded by the European Union


Step 2: Motivation and Facilitation The new bins and containers that appeared in the settlements were met enthusiasm. Residents use them with care and take ownership of the new goods. Now there is not only knowledge but also possibility to separate plastic from general garbage. This project is implemented by Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development

Clean-up Event in Goris Area The clean-up day was a big event in Goris – a city which is becoming a nicer place to live in from day to day. Encouraged by the new garbage containers and bins for plastic waste, residents decided to contribute to the cleanness of their native place. Groups of people could be seen in different parts of the community cleaning, greening, painting and planting. The soldiers and the ofďŹ cers of Goris military base also took part in the event along with residents by engaging in the difďŹ cult sites. They wished to start separation of plastic waste in their garrison and raise awareness among soldiers about environmental aspects of waste.

Goris joined the World Clean Up Day

1 startup project

6 new products

separation of plastic waste

Kapan is Getting Ready for Recycling Plastic Waste A major milestone within the Introducing Construction Materials from Plastic Waste (under PRDP) project is procurement of a production line for manufacturing construction materials from plastic waste that is being collected in the bins provided by both projects. The technology is not a complicated one but is innovative in Armenia: it is based on mixing of sand and extruded plastic waste. The line is procured with strict observance of EU rules and requirements. Recently, the project team visited the contracted producer to test the line on the spot and organize shipment. Meantime, the facility in Kapan where the production will be organized, is getting ready to accommodate the line.

This line produces construction materials using plastic waste mix with sands

This project is funded by the European Union

This project is implemented by Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development

Good to Know Piloting Green Talin: The Urban Foundation will help reduce plastic waste in Talin Back in July, the Minister of Nature Protection had announced that Armenia was going to gradually reduce the single usage plastic bags and other items to improve the environmental situation and make waste management effective. The ministry's strategy encompasses promotion of 'green thinking' and behavior change, as well as creation of necessary legal-regulatory and infrastructure conditions for reducing plastic waste. The Ministry has decided to pilot this concept in one community of Armenia –Talin of Aragatsotn province – so that the experience, findings and lessons learned there can be then analyzed and measured, recommendations for its scaling up are drawn.

The Talin pilot was launched by the First Deputy Minister Irina Ghaplanyan and Mayor of Talin Sargis Aramyan The Urban Foundation supports the Green Talin pilot by sharing experience in the field of waste management and dealing with plastic waste, as well as in conceptualizing and implementing a tailored awareness and social marketing campaign.

The first open lesson at school #2 in Talin on environmental aspects of waste held by the Urban Foundation representative.

"Water is Precious; Every Drop is Special": the USAID funded PURE Water Project and CCHBC celebrate the International Water Monitoring Day

The celebration took place in Vedi, Ararat province on September 18. It was logical continuation of practical trainings and field measurements organized for young active citizens, teachers, and water users of Ararat and Armavir provinces who learned practical skill and carried out monitoring of water quality with the equipment provided by the project. Two groups of young activists and educators presented the results they had recorded with the testing equipment provided by USAID in fisheries of Apaga and Hovtashat communities. The aim of the event was to highlight the importance of community residents taking action to monitor and protect their local water resources. During the event, the results of the monitoring were uploaded to the World Monitoring Day Portal ( to link the field monitoring exercise to the fact of realizing the global need for careful approach to water resources.

The water testing kits provided by USAID

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