Trainings aiming at improvement of awareness of civil and community servants on ecological issues are still in progress.
In the framework of UNDP GEF program “Creating of global environmental benefits through improvement of environmental education and awareness of the interested parties”, the Public Administration Academy of RA held trainings in Gyumri and Artik, Shirak, June 19-21.
46 members of the trainings were the civil servants of local self-government bodies of Shirak Marz, as well as community servants and other members of the staffs of municipalities of Gyumri, Artik, Haykavan, Marmashen, Azatani, Amasia, Arpi, getap, Lernakert, Geghanist, Ani, Arevshat and others. Community heads and deputy heads were also among them.
It is worth mentioning that under the Article 51 of the RA Law on “Local self-government”, a range of authorities of the local self-government bodies directly relate to the protection of environment and use of natural resources.
The purpose of the training program and the modules of the courses were directed to the improvement of awareness about environmental problems, including world and Armenian environmental challenges and modern approaches and methods of their resolution, tools for sustainable ecological administration, participation of Armenia in international environmental conferences and its liabilities, the relation of nature protection with the social and economic development of the country, the importance of nature protection in the context of national security and sustainable development.
Environmental challenges and opportunities of Armenia, responsible consumption, environmental administration, sustainable agriculture, and issues related to sustainable cities were discussed during the training courses.
The courses began and finished with a test in order to reveal the effectiveness of the training. The results of the initial and final tests differed essentially. The results of the final test were rather satisfactory. It meant that the course was a real success.
After the trainings the participants were given an opportunity to evaluate the training program, as well as to express their opinions and offers.
The participants got certificates.
They were happy with the program and offered to invite wider layers of the population in the environmental and nature protection programs.