SE4Resilience: boosting renewable energy and climate adaptation in Armenian communities
SE4Resilience: boosting renewable energy and climate adaptation in Armenian communities

On April 30th, the signing ceremony for the official launch of the "Sustainable Energy for Climate-Resilient Community Development in Armenia" (SE4Resilience) project took place in Yerevan. The three-year project aims to strengthen the climate resilience of rural communities in four regions of Armenia (Tavush, Shirak, Syunik and Gegharkunik) and contribute to climate change mitigation by harnessing the potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency for sustainable, climate-resilient and resource-efficient development.

The project will also support skills and capacity building for renewable energy and energy efficiency at household and small enterprise level.

In doing so, the program seeks to strengthen the resilience of rural communities to the effects of climate change. Through targeted interventions, the program aims to improve the capacity of rural Armenian communities to withstand and adapt to changing climate conditions. It supports Armenia's 2050 transformation strategy, which focuses on sustainable regional development and access to sustainable energy.

The project is co-financed by the European Union (6.2 million euros) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (6.1 million euros) and implemented by GIZ as part of and contributing to the EU Action Document "Sustainable Energy, Energy Security and Climate Resilience in Rural Armenia" and the BMZ Core Thematic Strategy "Responsibility for our Planet - Climate and Energy.

The signing ceremony aimed to formalize the commitment and partnership between the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of RA (Covenant National Coordinator) and BMZ, in collaboration with GIZ and the European Union.
The event was attended by Mr. Gert Jan Koopman, Director General GH NEAR, Mr. Vache Terteryan, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of RA, Mr. Vassilis Maragos, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, Mr. Erik Tintrup, Deputy Head of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Armenia and Mrs. Madeleine Rauschenberger, Country Director of GIZ Office Armenia.

"The objectives of the program complement the process of EU-Armenia cooperation in a number of directions, including increasing the resilience of communities to climate change. This is a very important direction, as we are increasingly faced with climate problems and their consequences." said Mr. Terteryan.

In his speech, Mr. Gert Jan Koopman stated that the launch of the project demonstrates the importance of climate resilience. which is fundamental for economic, energy, geopolitical and climate reasons.

“We are happy to support such initiative in Armenia, and we are very keen to continue doing so in the coming years. Just for the reason of illustration, let me mention some of the regional programs with similar objectives that we have been running, including EU4Energy and the “Covenant of Mayors” initiative and, of course, the Armenia’s participation in the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P)”, said Mr. Koopman.

The welcome addresses were followed by the signing of a four-lateral cooperation agreement between the Ministry, BMZ, EU and GIZ.

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