Meeting-Discussion On DRM National Strategy implementation process in Armenia in RA Ministry of Emergency Situation

22 December, 2017: Meeting-Discussion on “Disaster Risk Management (DRM) National Strategy implementation process in Armenia” was held in RA Ministry of Emergency Situation (MES), which aimed to discuss sectoral issues of the RA MES arisen from the DRM national strategy․

Two reports were presented:
1. Indicators for DRM national strategy implementation monitoring and evaluation (Ara Aslanyan, RA MES)
Discuss various issues with the report, such as:
• Introduction of effective mechanisms for obtaining information from other ministries in the implementation of the DRM National Strategy.
• Communities should report on the introduction of the disaster risk reduction component in their five-year development programs and the work implanted toward it, but not all communities involved DRR component in their development programs.
• There is no united reporting format that is needed to obtain, analyze, and classify similar information from the communities.
• Etc.

2. The outcomes of the workshop held in the city of Bonn in the frame of the Sendai Framework Action (SFA) (Margarita Hakobyan, National Coordinator of the SFA).
It was talked about an online monitoring platform where every country should download the results of monitoring implementation at the national level. The online platform will be available from March 1, 2018, and until March 31, countries will be given access to input data on SFA 5 targets for 2017, the other two targets and data for 2015, the data of 2016 will be input in October. The results of the October data will be presented in the 2019 DRR Global Platform.

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Meeting between Jinishian Memorial and DRR National Platform Foundations

On December 22, 2017 the Director of the Jinishian Memorial Foundation, Armen Hakobyan, hosted the representatives of the DRR National Platform foundation (ARNAP).

The purpose of the meeting was to present the idea of creating a Community Innovative Youth Center in Stepanavan and discuss the possibilities for cooperation.

At the meeting, the ARNAP Foundation’s Acting Director Ara Barseghyan presented the foundation, the purpose its establishment, the activities and etc., afterwards a discussion on the creation of the above mentioned center was held.

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Meeting at World Vision Kapan Office

On December 18, 2017: World Vision Syunik marz manager Lena Karapetyan hosted the representatives of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and DRR National Platform (ARNAP) foundation.

The purpose of the meeting was to present the idea of creating a Community Innovative Youth Center and discuss possibilities for cooperation within the framework of this idea.

“Community Innovative Youth Center” is a platform where young people will be able to be engaged in robotics, do experiments on chemistry, physics and biology, creating simple models of unmanned aerial vehicles (drons), learn how to shoot with drons, transfer information to a computer and make GIS maps , as well as develop and implement a variety of innovative ideas.

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Innovative youth center will be established in Kapan

On December 18, 2017 Deputy Head of Kapan community Argam Grigoryan hosted representatives of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and DRR National Platform (ARNAP) foundation.

The aim of the meeting was to present “Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform Capacities in Armenia” project, implemented jointly by ARNAP Foundation and UNDP, to discuss and agree on the directions of the project to be implemented in Kapan, as well as to plan future activities.

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Seminar/workshop on “Local Level Disaster Risk Management Recommendations in Agriculture”

On 14-15 December a two-day seminar/workshop on “Local Level Disaster Risk Management Recommendations in Agriculture” was conducted for 43 agricultural producer group members in Yerevan.

During the workshop the participants were introduced the following topics:
1. Disaster risk management at local level,
2. The Impact of Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards and Climate Change in the Agriculture,
3. Local Level Disaster Risk Management Recommendations for selected value chains,
4. Risk Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (practical assignment),
5. Evaluation of Investment Effectiveness in Disaster Risk Reduction (practical assignment)

The training was organized within the framework of ENPARD program and implemented by experts of DRR National Platform foundation and RA MES Crisis Management State Academy.

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Disaster Risk Reduction Processes are the subject of CMSA Masters Study

December, 2017: Disaster risk reduction processes are also in the focus of the students’ attention. RA MES Crisis Management State Academy held the state exams for a master’s degree program this month. As a result, 34 students received a Master’s degree.

The DRR National Platform Foundation, UN Development Programme’s Disaster Risk Reduction Specialists and the representatives from RA Ministry of Emergency Situations supported three of students of the academy to do their work properly.

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The usage of anti-hail nets will have a positive impact on the socioeconomic status of farmers

Within the framework of cooperation between the DRR National Platform and the UN Development Program, 25 farmers have been using the opportunity to purchase anti-hail nets. Farmers have installed anti hail nets in grape, apple, apricot, peach gardens and blackberry, strawberry, raspberry fields, in total about 11 hectares. As a result of surveys, all farmers noted that the use of anti-hail nets would have a positive impact on their socioeconomic status.

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ARNAP Foundation and UNDP joint experience studied during the development of project for subsidizing interest rates for anti-hail nets in Armenia’s agricultural sector

In summer 2017, RA Minister of Agriculture, Ignatiy Arakelyan, hosted the representatives of the DRR National Platform Foundation (ARNAP) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The purpose of the meeting was to present the results of the pilot programs of anti-hail nets application launched by UNDP and the ARNAP Foundation since 2013.

In general, the ARNAP foundation and UNDP representatives presented the results of monitoring conducted during the last 4 years as well as the positive and negative aspects revealed.

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