The first batch of vehicles equipped with firefighting apparatus were handed to the Ministry of Nature Protection in a bid to combat wildfires

31-10-2018

On October 31 there  took place a meeting among the representatives of the Ministry of Nature Protection, the Steering Committee of the Russian Federation-UNDP Trust Fund  for Development (TFD) and UNDP in Armenia, in the course of which there were considered issues apropos of the current cooperation, including "Addressing climate change impact through enhanced capacity for wildfires management in Armenia"  project funded by the Russian Federation. The project is targeted at reducing forest and  wildfire risks under climate change and enhancing their effectiveness, which is very crucial for the preservation of Armenia's rich biodiversity. Also, the representatives of the Ministries of Finance and Economic Development of the Russian Federation took part in the meeting.
Addressing the event participants and making a point of the launch of the project, Minister of Nature Protection Erik Grigoryan specifically emphasized the anticipated outcomes of the project. The Minister stated that Armenia and Russia have great potential  for the cooperation in climate change adaptation processes, remarkably in the frames of new climate financing mechanisms developed by Armenia. Taking the opportunity, the Minister,  too,  extended a vote of thanks to the Russian Federation for being fully supportive in an effort to the fire extinguishing operations that broke out in “Khosrov Forest” state reserve last year.
Sergey Kononuchenko, representative of the Steering Committee of the Russian Federation-UNDP Trust Fund for Development (TFD) took the opportunity to refer to the new cooperation between Armenia and Russia and convinced stated that it is a pivotal platform for climate change mitigation processes. The Russian representative noticed that the projects accomplished through a new window opened in the Trust Fund will back Armenia in efficacious fight against natural phenomena conditioned by climate change, expressing conviction that it is a new beginning of cooperation between two countries in the sphere of enviornmental protection.
Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Armenia, thanked the Ministry of Nature Protection for the fruitful cooperation and the Russian Federation for joint projects fulfillment, thus presenting tangible results of the project recorded in a short period of time.
The project's technical upgrading component was launched under the agreement signed between the Ministry of Nature Protection and UNDP in Armenia, and the first batch of vehicles equipped with firefighting apparatus were handed to the Ministry of Nature Protection. The project envisages acquisition of up to 20 similar vehicles.

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