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Transparency in Armenian Environmental Governance

Hrazdan Power Plant, Armenia. Photo: Karen Jenderedjian This project aims at indentifying challenges with and thereby enhancing the implementation of multilateral environmental treaties in the Republic of Armenia.

Through the project we put special emphasis on the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, the so-called Aarhus convention.

The project seeks to develop Armenia's capacities to fulfil its obligations by facilitating transfer of competence, experience as well as building of capacity on environmental governance among the national, regional and municipal governance sector and NGOs in Armenia.

The project further looks at how the obligations related to the Aarhus convention can be strengthened through legislative development.

The FNI team co-operate closely with Armenian authorities, international organisations, as well as academic institutions and NGOs in Armenia.

The project is a continuation of the project Environmental Management and Civil Society in Armenia, supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2005-2008.

FNI project team:
Pål W. Skedsmo (project leader)
Steinar Andresen
Peter Johan Schei

Project period: 2009-2010
 Related focal points of research:

   Arctic and Russian politics
   Global environmental governance and law

Project funding:

   Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 External cooperation partners:

   Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia.
   Ministry of Territorial Administration of the Republic of Armenia.
   OSCE Office in Yerevan.
   Environmental Law Resource Centre, Faculty of Law, Yerevan State University.

Related projects:

   Environmental Management and Civil Society in Armenia.
   Environmental Rights in Armenia.

 Recent media coverage:

'Armenias utenriksminister på besøk i Norge' ('Armenian Foreign Minister Visits Norway', News release, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 03.02.2010. In Norwegian.

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