EaPTC Armenia – Georgia Awarded Grant Projects

Better Together: Joint Action for Conservation of Javekheti –Shirak Eco–Region

 


Sustainable Livelihoods through Beekeeping

May 16, 2016

The Avetisyan family is already learning the basics of beekeeping. The smallest member of the family, Narine, is waiting impatiently when she will be trusted an important task. “We have already received 5 bee families as well as different necessary accessories. We highly expect that this will bring a change to our village”, noted Narine’s mother, Mrs Ruzanna...

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Title of the action:Better Together: Joint Action for Conservation of Javekheti –ShirakEco–Region
Location(s) of the action:Armenia, Georgia, Samtskhe-Javakheti and Shirak regions, 25 communities located in ‘Javakheti’ and ‘Arpi’ National Parks
Total duration15 months
EU financing181 673 Euro
Name of the applicantMeghvik NGO, Armenia
Co-applicant 1

Paros NGO, Georgia

Co-applicant 2

Union ‘Rescue Souls’, Georgia

Co-applicant 3

Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development, Armenia

Applicant’s contact details

Postal address:52 Nizamist, 3106 Gyumri
Telephone number:

+374 312 45196

+374 94838193 (mobile)

Fax number:+374 312 45196
Contact person for this action:Ms.VehanoushHovhannisyan
Contact person’s email:meghvikngo@gmail.com
Address:10 Lazost, 3106 Gyumri
Website of the Organisation:http://www.meghvik.am                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Summary of the action

Objectives of the action

The overall objective is to contribute to the trans-boundary cooperation of two countries for improved livelihoods and conserved natural resources.

The specific objective is to promote trans-boundary areas of the two national parks as a joint protected area with a unique ecosystem and similar challenges and foster cooperation of bordering communities for conservation and sustainable development.

Target group(s)Total 40 farmer households (estimated 200 persons) trained and engaged in beekeeping from both countries
Final beneficiariesAt least 3000 persons who will benefit from information/awareness activities, workshops, ToT, exchange visits, summer camps and other activities in the framework of this Action
Estimated results

1. A network of key stakeholders from target areas on both sides of the border created and sustained

2. Beekeeping introduced as an example for sustainable livelihood in pilot communities and socio-economic growth.

3. Enhanced cooperation between two countries for conservation and sustainable development of ‘Lake Arpi’ and ‘Javakheti’ national parks.

Main activities
  • Networking meetings of cross-border communities and stakeholders
  • Training sessions in target communities on biodiversity and sustainable development
  • Selection and trainings of 40 households in beekeeping; Provision them with beehives, accessories and consultancy
  • Conducting of joint round tables with national level policy makers and relevant ministry representatives of both countries
  • ToT for teachers on conservation and other ecological issues
  • Awareness building for women, summer camps for children
  • A promotional brochure on Javakheti-Shirak ecological area
  • Production of a documentary film promoting the area as a one protected area


The role and participation in the action of the various actors and stakeholders

The Action will be implemented by four co-applicants – two from Armenia and two from Georgia. The key initiators of the Action are Meghvik NGO (Armenia) and Paros NGO (Georgia) who were previously acquainted with each other as having similar mandates and experience in the target areas of this Action. Designing a joint cross-border project was one of their intentions. These two organisations jointly elaborated the Action and will be its key implementers. They will oversee activities in their respective communities and will maintain day-to-day communication with each other. Additionally, Meghvik NGO will be responsible for overall programmatic and financial management of the Action, as well as reporting.

Two other organisations will be involved as co-applicants: Union ‘Rescue Souls’ (SSU) from Georgia and the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) from Armenia. SSU will be responsible for environmental education activities, summer camp and field work. While UFSD, given its extensive experience in managing multi-stakeholder, international projects,will support the applicant in management and reporting, at the same time providing the co-applicants hands-on training on managing EU funded projects. Therefore managing a project like this will be a learning process for the applicant.

The Applicant- Meghvik NGO is a well-known institution from Gyumri, Shirak region, with 24 years of experience in working with vulnerable communities, providing social and educational support to children, promoting environmental knowledge. One of its recent activities was promoting honey production in the communities of Lake Arpi national park; the idea of the proposed Action derive from the lessons learned and conclusions of that project.Meghvik has a newly built spacious office in Gyumri – a gift from the government of Armenia in recognition of the NGO’s important mission and dedication.

Paros NGOwas registered in 2000 and is located in Ninotsminda, however, its activity covers the entire Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Paros NGO’s mandate is a promotion of women’s right, support to their small businesses, work with youth and children. Paros brought in another local NGO- Union ‘Rescue Souls’ – which is a member of Georgian Ecological Network “Green Movement’. The director of the organisation will coordinate all environmental education-related activities and initiatives of the Action.

Among co-applicants is the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development(UFSD) located in Yerevan - a non-for-profit of more than 10 years of experience. It has an outstanding project design, management and monitoring skills and capacities. It has implemented several large international projects including EU-funded cross-border Action with 4 international partners as a lead applicant. UFSD’s task will be helping partners in management and reporting issues.

The expected impact of the action

The proposed Action is designed to initiate cooperation between cross-border communities located in the territories of Lake Arpi and Javakheti National Parks of Javakheti-Shirak eco-region with the aim of ensuring conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development of livelihoods. This aim is formulated in official documents adopted by the governments of Armenia and Georgia and supported by international donor community (Particularly by the German Federal Ministry Economic Cooperation and Development). It is also reflected in the action plans of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia. Therefore, the grounds for sustainability of the proposed Action are already prescribed in the governmental policies of two countries.

The Action will target broad stakeholder base through information sharing, awareness and capacity building activities and media coverage with estimated total audience of at least 2000 people. An important impact will be achieved through introducing and promoting beekeeping and ecologically clean honey production. Thus, the Action will provide at least 200 beehives that will produce 3000 kilogrammes of honey during the first year with estimated total cost of 24000 Euro. As the Action envisions provision of qualified specialised consultancy for beekeeping households, upon completion of the first production year, the number of the beehives will increase by 50% during each consecutive year bringing additional income to the communities. The beekeeper households from both sides of the border will create a joint honey producers association which will further promote the development of beekeeping in the Javakheti-Shirak eco-region.

The increase of income of beekeeper households will results in improvement of social dynamics –increase of demand for other products and services and solvability of a larger population. Meantime the environmental impact will also be tangible and sustained: increased production of honey will become a good alternative for leaving the number of cattle on the same level, or in the midterm perspective, decrease it. This will prevent further degradation of pastures and meadows and in the long run create natural conditions for the recuperation of endangered species. 


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