Waste Governance in Armenia

Project time period:

November 2018 – September 2019


Project Description:

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment has implemented the WASTE GOVERNANCE IN ARMENIA project within the Swedish Armenian SDG Expert Exchange Programme funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Swedish partner of the program is the Life Foundation and Miljö & Avfallsbyrån AB as expertise support.

The project aimed at providing independent expert advice to Armenian government decision-makers, using Armenian and Swedish experts, for the development of national solid waste governance policy, strategy, and roadmap basing on the principles of the Circular Economy.

The Armenian government’s reform agenda is aimed at achieving EU-approximation within the framework of the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and to contribute to Armenia’s commitment to the Sustainability Goals (SDGs) within the Agenda 2030.

Alen Amirkhanian (Director, AUA Acopian Center, Armenia)
Eva Svensson Myrin (Expert, Milav, Sweden)
Harutyun Alpetyan (Principal Investigator, AUA Acopian Center, Armenia)
Lusine Nalbandyan (National Expert, ORWACO, Armenia)
Olimpia Geghamyan (National Expert, Yerevan State University, Armenia)
Sandra Lindblom  (Expert, Milav, Sweden)
Tatevik Vardanyan (Grants and Projects Manager, AUA Acopian Center, Armenia)
Therese Rosenblad (Project Manager, LIFE Foundation, Sweden)

Three-day kick-off workshop on Dec 5-7, 2018 (see details)
Site-visits with the Swedish experts (landfills and other waste facilities)
Meetings with the Interagency Working Group Coordinating Country’s Waste Management Activities
Stakeholder and expert review of the draft report on Dec 5, 2019
Closing event and online presentation on July 27, 2020 (watch the video recording)

AUA Acopian Center for the environment (Armenia)
LIFE Foundation (Sweden)
Miljö & Avfallsbyrå (Sweden)
Funding: Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs