Waste Policy Armenia

The 4-year Program funded by Sweden aims to improve Armenia’s waste management sector capacity to implement more environmentally sound waste management policies through three components:

Component 1 –  Support RA Ministry of Environment in developing and adopting EPR legislation for several specific waste streams in line with EU Waste legislation and best practices.

Component 2 – Support RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures in developing source separation national model and introducing it as a system in Sevan Town and other pilot municipalities.

Component 3 – Build sector capacities to implement Component 1 and Component 2, as well as to scale up the achieved Program results.

 

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Primary beneficiaries

– RA Ministry of Environment (MoE)
– RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure (MTAI)
– Sevan Municipality

Other beneficiaries

– RA Ministry of Economy
– RA Statistical Committee
– Private sector in the target municipalities
– Businesses (producers, waste operators, potentially PRO)
– Landfill and Waste Handling Operator in Gegharkunik province
– Recyclers
– CSOs working in environmental sector
– Educational institutions
– Media organizations

Output 1.1 EPR model defined for specific waste streams (to serve a basis for formulating the legal framework)

Output 1.2 Draft EPR Legislation (ERP law aligned with EU waste legislation and best practices + amendments to other primary and secondary legislation needed to align with and support EPR system implementation)

Output 1.3 Technical documentation for waste data reporting and management system meeting EPR system needs

Output 1.4 Necessary equipment for waste data reporting and management system meeting EPR system needs

Output 1.5 Monitoring and Reporting system for EPR (based on existing national legislation and international good practice)

Output 1.6 EPR implementation Road-map

Output 2.1 National technical guidance (Model) for waste source separation

Output 2.2 Operational plan for new source separation in the target municipality

Output 2.3 Procurement management and technical documentation

Output 2.4 Necessary equipment for source separation system in the pilot municipality procured and installed

Output 2.5 New institutional set-up in the pilot municipality to run the new source separation system

Output 2.6 Monitoring and Reporting system for separate waste collection (based on existing national legislation and international good practice)

Output 3.1 Baseline assessment completed to identify awareness and capacity gaps (including gender equality and HR gaps) for adopting sustainable waste management practices in the sector

Output 3.2 Built capacities for the AUA, Program partners, and other sector stakeholders for Gender mainstreaming and Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA)

Output 3.3 Built EPR-related capacities for sector stakeholders, including technical documentation, guidelines, and trained stakeholders

Output 3.4 Built capacities for the local authorities to conduct more participatory (gender and HR sensitive) and sustainable planning of local waste management, including new source separation systems (to support implementation of MSW Management Strategy 2021-2023)

Output 3.5 Built capacities for CSOs, including women organizations to monitor and influence the Program outcomes

Output 3.6 Built capacities for waste handling and recovery businesses to implement environmentally and socially sound (gender and HR sensitive) waste management

Output 3.7 Raising public awareness to support activities in Component 1 and 2 and delivery of the Program Objectives

Output 3.8 Policy Dialogue established across the sector to support the activities in Component 1 and 2 and delivery of the Program Objectives

Output 3.9 Proposal(s) for the application of the technical contributions under Components 1 in national waste investment planning

Output 3.10 Proposal(s) for the application of the technical contributions under Components 2 in national waste investment planning

Admin team

– Harutyun Alpetyan, Program Manager
– Vartouhi Yessaian, Program Coordinator
– Tsoler Bezdjian, Program Assistant
– Garegin Galustov, Communications Lead
– Hasmik Abrahamyan, Financial Specialist

Expert pool

– Vardan Kyurumyan, Senior National Waste Management Expert
– Sonya Msryan, National Stakeholder Engagement Expert
– Anahit Simonyan, National Gender and Human Rights Expert
– Arpine Haroyan, National Junior Gender and Multidimensional Poverty Expert
– Laura Prokic, International Gender Expert/Trainer
– Kiryakos Parpounas, International EPR Expert

Steering Board composition

– Sida
– RA Ministry of Environment
– RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure
– American University of Armenia

Sounding Board

– Jadranka Ivanova, EPR Expert
– John Brooks, Waste Governance Expert

Advisory Committee composition

– National Government
– Business associations
– Civil Society Organizations
– Academia
– International Organizations
– EU

 

Waste Policy Armenia Kick-off (Program Media Kick-off Event, Oct28, 2022)

Implementation of EPR system in the framework of EU-CEPA (Stakeholder Communication Event, Nov15, 2022)