Syunik Residents Attached Importance to Incorporation of Component of Socio-Ecological Policy in Five-year Development Programs

Syunik  Residents Attached Importance to Incorporation of Component of Socio-Ecological Policy in Five-year Development Programs

The representatives of the local self-government bodies of Goris and Sisian consolidated communities, Syunik Region, attached great importance to the introduction of the component of socio-ecological policy in the five-year community development programs, development of eco-education, incorporation of eco-education, as they mentioned on June 10, in Goris, during the forum organized to present the draft socio-ecological policy in Sisian and Goris communities. The draft socio-environmental policy was developed within the framework of the "Social and ecological responsibility" project.

Administrative Head of Qarahunj Lusine Avetisyan

I hope the project will have a positive trend in the communities. Our settlement also has many ecological problems. I work in ecological education, starting from family, kindergarten, school. No matter how many projects and interventions they make, it does not matter, the resident must have ecological education, so that what is done is not wasted, so that we can maintain and implement the policy.

Armine Hovakimyan, Head of Public Relations, Education, Culture, Sports, Youth and Social Affairs Department of Goris Municipality

"There are a number of issues in Goris, which are sometimes raised by various individuals and residents, but no action plan has been developed so far. There have been active discussions, but the community does not have a developed policy. I welcome the fact that the envisaged document will be included in the community development plan as an integral part.

No matter how much we raise issues, it is very important to instill eco-education in children from an early age, to provide ecological knowledge, and in that sense we are ready to support them with our programs.

Inga Zarafyan, President of "EcoLur" Informational NGO

"We have tried to support the affected communities so that they have a tool that takes their relationship with government and business to a new level. The program is unique in that we provide a database.

If the community accepts this socio-environmental document as a component of the five-year development plan, referring to that component, the community will be able to have a new level of dialogue with the business and government. Second, the community can reduce the risks and already having a negative impact on the business and being demanding rather than supporting the problem. Within the framework of its socio-corporate responsibility, the business will already provide mandatory financial assistance to solve the community's environmental problems.

The local government, the active population, local NGOs participated in the development of the document, which is a very good factor. If the document is accepted, if it has the first positive result, it will be a startup for all six of our affected communities.”

“Social and Ecological Responsibility” project is carried out by the NGOs involved in "Social-Ecological Consortium” - “Center for Community Mobilization and Support”, “Martuni Women’s Community Council”, “New Horizons”, “EcoLur” and “Forests of Armenia” NGOs within the frameworks of The Data for Accountable and Transparent Action (DATA) project.

 “Data for Accountable and Transparent Action” (DATA) project is implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) in a consortium with SOCIES Expert Centre NGO (Socies), Boon TV Foundation (Boon TV), Youth Cooperation Center of Dilijan NGO (YCCD) and Sose Women Issues NGO (Sose) co-created with and supported by United States Agency for International Development. 

 The Data for Accountable and Transparent Action (DATA) project is made possible by the generous support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of DATA Project are the sole responsibility of “Center for Community Mobilization and Support” NGO and project partners and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, EPF, and DATA Consortium.

June 18, 2022 at 15:58