Geghamasar Community on Its Way to Develop Social and Ecological Policy

Geghamasar Community on Its Way to Develop Social and Ecological Policy

“Martuni Women's Community Council” NGO held active meetings with local residents, youth, representatives of local self-government bodies, as well as in Gegharkunik regional administration to develop the community's social-ecological policy in Geghamasar community, Gegharkunik Region, Armenia. During the meetings held within the framework of "Social and Ecological Responsibility" program, the President of "Martuni Women's Community Council" NGO Anahit Gorgyan presented the goal of the Project: to develop and implement socio-environmental policies, which will contribute to the identification and reduction of environmental risks in communities, increase the participation of civil society in local self-government, increase the transparency and accountability of local governments, business activities, as well as the development of green economy.

The participants of the meeting expressed readiness to be involved in the development of social and ecological policy. They were able to identify and evaluate community resources, which will serve as a basis for developing a community development plan.

The participants of the meeting raised the most obvious problems, the ecological situation and its impact on economic activity. In particular, the issues of further Sotq mine development, border security and possible increase in unemployment were raised.

"We are very concerned about the issue of security and underlying emigration," said the residents, proposing to develop mechanisms to ensure the security and employment of the community.

During the meetings, a working group was formed from the residents and local government representatives from Sotq, Tretuq and Kut settlements of Geghamasar Community. The upcoming joint activities within the framework of the Project were discussed with them. Additional meetings with the working group are planned to collect data and suggestions for the creation of a socio-ecological database of the settlements.

 “Social and Ecological Responsibility” project is implemented in the partnership of “Center for Community Mobilization and Support”, “Martuni Women’s Community Council”, “New Horizons”, “EcoLur” and “Forests of Armenia” NGOs within the frameworks of Data for Accountable and Transparent Action (DATA) project. 

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 “Community Mobilization and Support Center” NGO and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, EPF, and DATA Consortium.

September 25, 2021 at 15:43