Date: May 6, 2014
Location: “Regance” Hotel Complex, 10/1 Davit Anhaght Street, Yerevan


09:00‐09:30 Coffee and Registration of Participants

09:30‐09:40 Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda
Purpose of the meeting and adoption of the agenda –‐ Mr. Volodya Narimanyan
Opening statements

  • Ms. Tatiana Efimova, OECD/EAP Task Force Secretariat
  • Mr. Alisher Mamadzhanov, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Karri Eloheimo, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

09:40 ‐09:45 Status of NPD Activities in Armenia
Status of NPD activities, update on the recent development in water sector of Armenia –‐ Mr. Volodya Narimanyan
Reflections by members of the Steering Committee representing different agencies

09:45 ‐11:15 Session 1 –‐ Economic and financial dimension of the water sector reforms in Armenia
1. Presentations

  • Future work on economic dimension of water management reform in Armenia – Mr. Vahagn Tonoyan, Country Water Expert, Ms. Tatiana Efimova, OECD (15 min)
  • Discussion session (25 min)
  • Conclusions/wrap up of discussions (10 min)
  • Towards a Development of a National Strategy on Sustainable Sanitation in Armenia–‐ Mr. Eduard Mesropyan , JINJ, Ms. Tatiana Efimova, OECD (presentation)
  • Overview of key sanitation issues in Armenia. Options for reforming the sanitation sector (15 min)
  • Discussion session (25 min)

2. Policy discussion
3. Decision(s) by the Steering Committee

11:15 ‐11:45 Coffee break

11:45 ‐13:00 Session 2 – Transition towards EU WFD compliant system of water quality monitoring and assessment

1. Presentations

  • New surface water quality standards in Armenia – Ms. Gayane Shahnazaryan, Deputy Head of the Environmental Impact Monitoring Centre of the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia (30 min) (presentation)
  • Working group for transition from the current approaches to water quality monitoring and assess to a common approach based on the EU WFD – Ms. Gayane Hovsepyan, Secretary of the NPD Steering Committee (20 min)
  • Status of the working group – Ms. Araksya Davoyan, Deputy Head of Water Resources Management Agency of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia (10 min)

2. Policy discussion

3. Decision(s) by the Steering Committee

13:00 ‐14:00 Lunch

14:00‐16:00 Session 3 – UNECE project on the Protocol on Water and Health

1. Presentations

  • Outcomes of the NGO Coordination meetings and their inputs to draft national targets- Ms. Emma Anakhasyan, AWHHE NGO (presentation)
  • Draft national targets and target dates under the Protocol on Water and Health by different targets areas – Mr. Vilik Sargsyan, Mr. Tigran Oganezov, national consultants (presentation) (presentation)
  • Overview of possible process of finalization and adoption of national targets- Mr. Matthew
  • Kahane, UNECE consultant

2. Policy discussion

  • Discussion session on the process of adoption of national targets by Armenia

3. Decision(s) by the Steering Committee

16:00 ‐16:30 Coffee break
16:30 ‐18:00 Session 4 – Cross–‐fertilization with the NPD process, technical assistance projects in Armenia, closing of the meeting
1. Presentations

  • USAID Clean Energy and Water Program, Ms. Lilit Harutyunyan, 15 min (presentation)
  • EU “Environmental Protection of International River Basins”, Mr. Vahagn Tonoyan, 15 min (presentation)
  • “Establishment of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment System in Paraqar Commmunity of Armavir Marz of Armenia”, Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan (15 min) (presentation)
  • “Project for Construction of Kaps Reservoir and Gravity Irrigation System” of the German Bank “Credit Institute for Reconstruction” –‐ Mr. Gunther Redmer (15 min) (presentation)
  • Representatives of other organizations and projects will inform on their activities

2. Decision(s) by the Steering Committee
Mr. Narimanyan moderated the session and recalled decisions taken under previous agenda items