TAVUSH MARZ BERD SUBREGION ENVIRONMENTAL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT EUCATIONAL PROGRAM
“Green Lane” agricultural assistance NGO and the Armenian Environmental Network are glad to launch a new environmental and waste management educational project in Berd subregion of Tavush marz. In the scope of this project the two organizations will conduct trainings on waste management for the teachers of Berd town. The trainings will help to shape new approach to household waste gathering/disposal and its further use. The waste management (waste segregation, composting, reusing, recycling) trainings will be implemented with the application of practical and participatory training methods. Educational materials on the mentioned topics will be published. The trainings will help the teachers (and later – the students) to get acquainted to the hazardous effect of waste on the environment, as well as to the right techniques of composting, waste reuse and recycling. All this will contribute to the creation of clean and healthy environment and to the change of approaches to this question. The project started in November, 2012, and will end in October, 2013. It is being implemented with the financial support of the Norwegian government. more...
Green Lane NGO completed the first phase of the project “Endangered Herbs in Armenia: Identification, Protection, and Sustainable Harvesting”, which was presented during the 2011 SunChild Festival and was awarded the grant by FPWC. The aims of the project are to transfer knowledgeaboutArmenia’s diverse plant species, their uses, the threats they face and the methods of sustainableharvesting. The project is intendedfor youth in grades 9 and 10.
At the first stage of the project trainings were organized in the schools of the following communities: village Gargar in Lori marz (April 17), v. Gandzaqar in Tavush marz (April 22), v. Aghavnadzor in Vayots Dzor marz (May 13), v. Lukashin in Armavir marz (May 15), and v. Vaghatin in Syuniq marz (May 22). The children showed their interest in the topic and actively participated in the training process.
The in-class workshops will be followed by field days in the mountainousareas, where the herbs they have learned about tend to proliferate. more...
EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN CENTERS IN ARMENIA THROUGH PROVIDING BUSINESS PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES AND OUTREACH
We are glad to announce that Green Lane has launched a new project - “Empowerment of Women Centers in Armenia through Providing Business Promotion Opportunities and Outreach”, financed by the US Embassy in Armenia. The project started on October 1, 2011 and will last till September 30, 2012. The project aims to promote women-owned business in Armenia through establishment of a network of already existing Women Centres in different marzes of Armenia; more...
FOUNDATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WILDLIFE AND CULTURAL ASSETS (FPWC) CONFERENCE
On 15-17 October, 2011 the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) organized the conference “The Role of Civic Societies and Private Sector in the Preservation of Wildlife in South Caucasus” in the scope of SunChild 3rd International Environmental Festival.The participant NGOs had an opportunity to come up with project proposals aimed at biodiversity and wildlife preservation. We are glad that the project “Endangered Herbs in Armenia: Identification, Protection and Sustainable Harvesting” proposed by Green Lane was the one that won! The grant is provided by FPWC, World Land Trust and VivaCell-MTS telecom. more...
GREEN LANE NGO AND PUBLIC LIBRARY OF BERD ANNOUNCE NEW PROJECT: HARNESSING ICT FOR IMPROVED FARMING PRACTICES
Within the framework of the EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Programme, The Green Lane NGO and the Public Library of Berd town announce launch of a new Project for Harnessing ICT for Improved Farming Practices. The project aims to assist farmers in Berd region of Tavush province of Armenia in improving farming activities and incomes through better access to information, knowledge and services.
This goal will be achieved through building capacity for the public library of Berd community to improve the quality of services and better address educational and informational needs of the farmer community. In particular, the project will assist the library to crease the stock of agricultural publications as well as develop new services for farmers such as access to relevant electronic/internet resources, delivery of special training programs on computer and information literacy, improved farming techniques, etc. more...
STRENGTHENING AND ENGAGEMENT OF RURAL WOMEN IN NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS REGION (ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, GEORGIA)
In cooperation with CENN (Georgia) and RUZGAR NGO (Azerbaijan), Green Lane is implementing the second phase of the Project for Strengthening and Engagement of Rural Women in Natural Resources Management in the South Caucasus Region. The development goal of the project is to ensure sustainable development in the South Caucasus region through sustainable resources management, gender equality, transparency and participatory approaches at the local, national and regional levels. The Project (Phase 2) objective is strengthening of women's groups in rural areas of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and support to their active involvement in natural resources management to ensure sustainable community and regional development. The main direct target groups of the project are rural women councils (RWCs) and organizations working on women and natural resources management issues in the bilateral communities of Khrami-Debed (in Armenia and Georgia) and Alazani (Azerbaijan and Georgia) transboundary river basins as well as six (6) hot-spot communities in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia that were identified by the project in the first phase.
RESEARCH ON VAVILOVIA FORMOSA
Since 2007, the Green Lane Agricultural Assistance NGO is a member of the Grain Legumes Technology Transfer Platform (GL TTP). In 2009 – 2010, with support from GL TTP, Green Lane is implementing a research project aiming at studying and ex situ conservation of Vavilovia Formosa plant species.
Vavilovia Formosa (Pisum formosum) is a native of the Caucasus and is of interest to taxonomists because of its perennial nature and close relationship with Pisum. more...
NEW REGIONAL PROJECT:SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT FOR MITIGATING LAND DEGRADATION AND REDUCING POVERTY IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS REGION
In April 2009, the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus)
in partnership with Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN, Georgia) has
launched a regional initiative - Sustainable Land Management for Mitigating Land Degradation and Reducing Poverty in the South Caucasus Region.
The project will be implemented in the South Caucasus region - Khrami-Debeda and Alazani-Iori watersheds. “Green Lane” Agricultural Assistance NGO is
taking part in the project as an associated partner in Armenia, and RUZGAR NGO is involved in the project as an associated partner in Azerbaijan.
The project is financially supported by the European Union (EU).
The objectives of the Project are:
- Strengthening policy, planning and regulatory environments for promotion of sustainable land management (SLM) in transboundary watersheds of the South Caucasus region via development and endorsement of bilateral watershed SLM Action Plans; and
- Demonstrating benefits of watershed based sustainable land management and alternative livelihood for rural people while protecting fragile ecosystems and disseminating lessons learned and best practices.
ESTABLISHMENT OF FARMER FIELD SCHOOLS ON INTEGRATED PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
In 2008, within the framework of the Rural Enterprise and Small Scale Commercial Agriculture Development Project (RESCAD, WB & Government of Armenia) and with involvement of the Green Lane NGO a project for Establishment and Development of Farmer Field Schools in Armenia was resumed.
In 2008, under the above project, new Farmer Field Schools were started in Ashtarak (FFS on apple production), Aragats (potato production), Lernapar (forage production) and Mastara (fruit production) communities of Aragatsotn region (marz) of Armenia.
In 2009, Green Lane continued with the project supporting establishment of FFSs in another two regions in the south of Armenia – Vayots Dzor and Syunik.
In Vayots Dzor two Farmer Field Schools were established, one of those in Areni community and another in Arin village. Both of the newly established FSSs have their focus on fruit production.
In Syunik region, thanks to RESCAD project, four schools were started in Vaghatin (FFS on asparagus production), Tsav (legume production), Tegh (fruit production and nursery farming), and Meghri (subtropical fruit production) communities.
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ESTABLISHMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF FARMER FIELD SCHOOLS (FFS) IN ARMENIA
In 2007, considering the experience Green Lane has in the field of establishment
and development of farmer groups and cooperatives, the organization was
involved in a new project aimed to establish and develop Farmer Field Schools
in Armenia. As a part of RESCAD
Project (Project for Development of Rural Enterprises and Small-Scale
Commercial Agriculture in Armenia, Government of Armenia & World Bank),
this new project is coordinated by the Agricultural Reform Project Implementation
Unit (PIU) of the RA Ministry
of Agriculture. In 2007, under this new project, 8 Farmer Field Schools
in two regions - Lori and Tavoush - were established. The FFSs focus is
on the integrated management of production. . more...