Ensuring Network members active involvement
The last six months of the Climate Forum East project implementation in Armenia were marked by the active involvement of the Armenian Climate Forum members in the process of Climate Vulnerability Assessment (CVA) preparation, project follow-up discussions, and community activities.
First, on October 30-31st, 2014, Armenian Climate Forum Network members gathered in Tsakhkadzor to discuss the CVA process and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. It is worth mentioning that the Network was also represented by national minority organizations. Moreover, besides 17 organizations that signed the MoU, 7 new organizations are currently waiting to join the Network.
Second, in order to raise the awareness of teachers, pupils and their family members on climate change adaptation, a drawing competition was organized in Vayots Dzor region. 12 schools were selected to take part in the event. Before conducting the drawing competition one day training of trainers (ToT) in climate change was organized for 24 teachers (2 from each selected school). Moreover, they received booklets developed by the “Khazer” Ecological Cultural NGO, a member of the Armenian Climate Forum, and printed within the framework of the Project. In addition, stationary for conducting the drawing competition together with video material on climate change was distributed to target schools. Furthermore, 3 winners from each school were selected and awarded with incentive prizes. Afterwards, Armenian Climate Forum members selected the best picture from each school and the three best pictures on regional level. For those winners on regional level a trip to Yerevan will be organized in May 2014. Overall, 100 pupils from each school, in total 1200 pupils have participated in the event.
Third, all 36 selected pictures together with Armenian Climate Forum member organizations messages on Climate Change have been included in a 2014 Calendar developed and printed within the framework of the Project, thus ensuring visibility of the Armenian Climate Forum Network and CFE Project.
Moreover, the process of CVA was presented in December in Tbilisi during regional meeting of Climate Forum East Project. On January 31, Armenian Climate Forum Network gathered in Yerevan based “Ani Plaza” Hotel to discuss the first draft of CVA presented by Aram Gabrielyan. Several network members have also presented drafts of case studies on five priority areas that comprise the basis for CVA. Additionally, network members agreed to send their comments on the CVA in 10 days, so that the author would be able to include them into the report. After of the presentation of the case studies and the includion of comments and remarks, the CVA process has entered into its final stage, where translation and basic design are carried out.
Finally, before leaving to Tbilisi for the “Responding to Climate Change in Eastern Partnership Countries” Regional Conference, Armenian Climate Forum members met at the Armenian Red Cross HQ to discuss the continuation of the project in 2015. As a result, 13 recommendations were underlined and presented in Tbilisi. Moreover, the Armenian version of CVA was printed and presented at this conference as well. A group of seven representatives of the Armenian Climate Forum, including the CVA expert participated in this event.