At the meeting between Metsamor local self-government body and resident held recently the residents prioritized the increase in green areas for 2016, as Naira Arakelyan, Coordinator of the EaP CSF Working Group “Social & Labour Policies and Social Dialogue”, President of “Armavir Development Center” NGO, said at the round table “Climate Change – Civil Society as Main Partner and Beneficiary” held at “EcoLur” Press Club on 24 March.
“I thought people would vote more for the improvement of intra-community roads, but they selected the increase in green areas. People said they could green their yards on their own without waiting for somebody’s help,” Naira Araqelyan said.
The communities feel the deterioration of the environment and seek to protect themselves. Nevertheless, they need to be aware for correct planning of their activities.
“Growing apricot in Ararat Valley is almost inexpedient, it’s already several years as apricot trees blossom earlier and then the flowers get scalded under the snow: we should determine the right zone in regard with climate change,” Naira Araqelyan said.
Applying to Deputy Nature Protection Minister Khachik Hakobyan Naira Araqelyan said, “If you do want to get proposals from the communities, we can arrange discussions with you and you will visit the communities, as they have many important problems.”
The material is prepared by 'EcoLur' Informational NGO under “Armenia’s First Biennial Update Report to the UNFCCC” UNDP-GEF/00079327” project.
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16:20 April 25, 2016