The Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) NGO has launched a new project “Enabling Women to Participate in Sustainable Water Management in Armenia”, funded by The United Nations Democracy Fund.
This 24-months project, which started on 1 January 2019, aims to contribute to the sustainable management of natural water resources of the Ararat Valley by enhancing participation of women groups in the oversight of community water resources to ensure equitable access to water supply and sanitation. To do so, three interlinked groups of actions will be put in place: discussions on tariff compensation mechanisms to ensure equitable access to drinking water and sanitation by vulnerable and marginalized groups, at national level; monitoring based participation in oversight of irrigation water, at province level; and the implementation of four pilot projects, at community level.
Discussions on tariff compensation mechanisms to ensure equitable access to drinking water and sanitation by vulnerable and marginalized groups
- Assessment of the impact of current drinking water and sanitation tariffs on vulnerable and marginalized groups
- Participation at the 5th Meeting of Parties of the UNECE/WHO-Europe Protocol on Water and Health
- National Workshop
Awareness raising campaign
- KAP Study
- Interactive presentations on sustainable water and sanitation practices for primary school children
- Information campaign materials
Monitoring based participation in oversight of irrigation water
- International expert advice on community participation in water resource management
- Training on irrigation water use management
- Community monitoring of irrigation water management
- Trainings for community representatives on the preparation of project designs
Implementation of four pilot projects
Within the framework of the project, in Apaga Community of Armavir Province, a 385m long underground irrigation pipeline was constructed, of which 30 m were constructed by the community. The community contribution was 400,000 (approx. USD 830). The monitoring work is finished.
Taperakan, Ararat province
In Taperakan Community of Ararat Province, a 512 m long drinking water pipeline was installed, which connects the newly constructed water main to the internal network of the community. The community contribution was 400,000 AMD (approx. USD 830), of which 150 000 AMD (approx. USD 310) was spent on preparation of design and estimate documentation and 250,000 AMD (approx. USD 520) was spent on water pipeline construction. The monitoring was successfully conducted.
Berkanush, Ararat province
In 2020, a 193 m long irrigation concrete semi-pipeline has been contrcucted in Berkanush Community of Ararat Province. The contribution of the community was 1,000,000 AMD (approx. USD 2070). The monitoring work is done.
Lusagyugh, Armavir Province
In Lusagyugh Community of Armavir Province, a 155 m long Underground irrigation pipeline was constructed in the school adjacent area. The monitoring work has been done.
- “Women Bringing Water to the Village” – a video film dedicated to the construction of irrigation pipelines in Apaga community of Armavir Province and Berkanush community of Ararat Province and a drinking water pipeline in Taperakan community of Ararat Province
- The women of the Apaga community solved the problem of irrigation
Articles on Ecolur Information Center Website – In Armenian
- Returning to the land instead of working abroad: The problem of irrigation water in Apaga community is being solved
- The problem of drinking water in Taperakan community is being solved
- 30 farms in Berkanush village received irrigation water thanks to AWHHE NGO
Certificates of Appreciation
- Apaga (the original document in Armenian with its unofficial translation attached)
- Lusagyugh (the original document in Armenian with its unofficial translation attached)
- Berkanush (the original document in Armenian with its unofficial translation attached)
Online Final Workshop – Experiences in Women’s Participation in Sustainable Water Management in EECCA region – 18th of February, 2021
12:30-13:00 Registration of participants
13:00-13:10 Workshop opening speech
Elena Manvelyan, President of the “Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” NGO/AWHHE
Christian Lamarre, UN Democracy Fund
Component 1: Equitable access to water and sanitation and affordability
13:45-14:15 Questions and discussion on experience in meeting challenges
14:15-14:30 Coffee break
Component 2: Women’s involvement in irrigation water management and monitoring
Session on Challenges of COVID-19 in the context of project implementation
15:10-16:00 AWHHE responses to COVID challenges
Questions and discussion on experience in meeting challenges
Closing the meeting