Environmental Education Network (EEN) is a group of environmental educational organizations and experts for knowledge and best practices exchange and to facilitate partnerships thorough the responsible organizations.

 

This website was created with the support of GIZ and “Strengthening Environmental Governance by Building the Capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations ” project . The project was funded by the EU, implemented by UNDP and delivered by the GEF small grants program.

 

LOGO

The biodiversity of the South Caucasus is of global importance, but the huge variety of species and the proper functioning of the ecosystems are under threat. There is considerable pressure from the exploitation of natural resources by the local population, private industry and governments.

In each of the three countries of the South Caucasus – Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan – there are National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and initial sectoral strategies for managing biodiversity and ecosystem services. As yet, however, these are unable to withstand the challenges posed by the overlapping interests of different sectors (forestry, pasture farming, agriculture, nature conservation and tourism).

The programme covers the entire South Caucasus region and works at supranational, national and local levels. At national level, relevant strategies and regulations are being drawn up or reviewed so as to improve the framework for managing biodiversity and ecosystem services. The experience gained at district, municipal and local levels from the pilot measures is being incorporated into this process. As part of these pilot measures, relevant actors are being given the skills to implement territory-based strategies for sustainably managing biodiversity and ecosystem services that are integrated across different sectors (e.g. human capacity and organisational development skills). The lessons learned are then reviewed and adapted at national level so that they can be replicated. Here, cooperation between relevant institutions is strongly promoted (sector networking). Awareness of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services among the general public is being improved by strengthening training establishments and environmental education centres (organisational consultancy). At supranational level, sharing of technical expertise is promoted via networking. The programme is therefore working in four areas of activity: supporting pilot measures and coordination processes at local level, strengthening capacity and building public awareness at national level, and promoting the sharing of expertise at supranational level.

The programme is due to last four years (from December 2015 to November 2019).

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Armenia Tree Project (ATP), a non-profit program based in Woburn and Yerevan, conducts vitally important environmental projects in Armenia’s cities and villages and seeks support in advancing its reforestation mission.

Since 1994, ATP has made enormous strides in combating desertification in the biologically diverse but threatened Caucasus region. More than 5,000,000 trees have been planted and restored, and hundreds of jobs have been created for Armenians in seasonal tree-related programs.

ATP works to further Armenia’s economic and social development by mobilizing resources to fund reforestation. These vital new trees provide food, wood, environmental benefits, and opportunities for economic growth.

Our goal is to assist the Armenian people in using trees to improve their standard of living and protect the global environment. In so doing, we are guided by the need to promote self-sufficiency, aid those with the fewest resources first, and conserve the indigenous ecosystem.

ATP works on three major program initiatives:

1) Planting Trees at Urban and Rural Sites

2) Environmental Education

3) Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction

ATP has a full time staff of over 80 in Armenia. The Yerevan office manages three state-of-the-art tree nurseries and two environmental education centers, partners with villagers to create tree-based micro-enterprise opportunities, creates urban green belts for public use, restores degraded forest lands, and employs hundreds of part-time workers to plant new forests.

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