Professors of Public Administration Academy of Armenia participate as trainers in training courses held at Armavir Regional Administration on November 14-15 in the frames of “Generateing global environmental benefits through environmental education and raising awareness of stakeholders” UNDP/GEF project.
Community and civil servants, community leaders and councilors were among beneficiaries of the training course on “Organization and implementation of training courses in the field of environmental management for representatives of public administration and local self-government bodies as well as representatives of the private sector involved in natural resources management.”
First, the essence of the project was introduced by Gayane Hovhannisyan, Head of the Quality Assuarance Department of the Public Administration Academy of Armenia. She informed that 11 modules were developed for this project and some of them were included in the two-day training course. These modules may also be included in further courses for community servants.
It is a well-known fact that welfare life in the contemporary world is directly linked to the use of natural resources. Many needs of society and of humankind are met by the use of natural resources, which in some cases leads to their over-exploitation, endangers ecosystems and ultimately endangers human health, life and safety. It is no accident that many states view environmental quality as an important component of the national security concept. So, let there be no impression that this course is intended only for environmentalists,” Gayane Hovhannisyan said. “Let us not forget that one of the provisions of the Constitution defines the responsibility of each of us for future generations. It is about the reasonable use and preservation of natural resources. So we all play a role in this. If we want future generations to use our country’s natural resources too, then we need to change our mindset,” she concluded.
Gevorg Petrosyan, Project Expert, President of “Biosofia” NGO presented the module on Sustainable Agriculture. Prticipants also received interesting information on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Laura Petrosyan, Associate Professor at the Chair of Management of Psychology of the Public Administration Academy, informed the audience about the global environmental challenges and opportunities, spoke about sustainable consumption. Marine Gevorgyan, Associate Professor at YSU also touched upon the challenges and opportunities of the sector, as well as the issues of circular economy, specifying on the example of the Republic of Armenia.
Armen Yezekyan, Head of the Chair of Law at the Academy, stated certain approaches to environmental management issues.
It should be noted that the training was accompanied by lively discussions on the topics the participants were interested in.
The best result that the trainers could expect was the knowledge that participants gained on environmental issues, which they will certainly apply not only in work but also in their lives.