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RECP Project Awareness Seminar in Dilijan city, Tavush region, RA

The aim of the awareness seminar was to share the objectives and outputs of the RECP project in Armenia with SMEs, local community, NGOs and active community members on potential activities of RECP in Armenian regions, as well as highlight the benefits of resource efficient, environmentally friendly business procedures and possible RECP applications for demonstration companies which were interested to run their business alongside with the principles of sustainable development and green economy: this approach could benefit in a long run in terms of lowering the costs of energy, saving resources , limiting or lowering the waste and emissions by applying UNIDO RECP methodology in practice. Awareness seminar was attended by the Dilijan city representatives, Ms. Ruzanna Harutyunyan, representative of the Ministry of Economy, Ms. Anahit Simonyan, Head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia, Ms.Nune Harutyunyan, UNIDO RECP Armenia National Coordinator, and REC C Director, as well as the team of RECP national experts. Awareness seminar has been organized at the local Aarhus center of Dilijan city.

After the brief introduction of strategic directions supporting resource efficiency, cleaner production, development of Green economy within the mandates of UNIDO, and Ministry of Economy, the project aims and objectives, as well as components and progress, including selection of sectors, demonstration company profiles, creation of local RECP expertise and potential for co-operation with relevant professional associations were introduced in the project presentation by National coordinator of RECP. Mr. Oganezov has presented the profiles of Demo companies, particularities of their engagement in the project, as well as benefits from the RECP application for the businesses involved in the project.

Discussions were quite active, local stakeholders were interested already in the starting phase of the project in both methodology, potential benefits for SMEs from RECP, eco-friendly approaches to development, and in particular, green business development and the economic /environmental impacts of the project: they also shared local experiences in waste management, raised issues/challenges faced by community of Dilijan, like irregular waste management practices, lack of possibilities for environmental and resource efficient approaches in education, etc. Local NGOs were interested in readiness and openness of local businesses to employ eco-friendly and resource efficient approaches in their production cycle, including the issue of trust and confidentiality of data and information. It was clarified that the issues of confidentiality of data and non-dissemination to other source is fixed in the agreement between UNIDO, National experts and REC Caucasus, and data remains confidential in any case.

There were suggestions to try employing the RECP practice not only in industrial processes but also in the service industry, like in tourism/or hotel management which were mentioned as vital for development of Dilijan. We have extensively discussed opportunities for engagement of local SMEs and potential benefits in terms of saving resources, material, economic benefits from employing of RECP within the ideology and practice of Armenian SMEs.

Project experts Dshkhuhi Sahakyan working with leather processing company and Evelina Ghukasyan working with UNIFISH SME producing fish informed about possibilities of RECP application and gaps existing in their production cycles of mentioned industries, like use of water/waste of water in production cycle, waste of salt, necessity to recommend measures for using recycled material of mentioned industries remaining as a result of production, etc.

Ms. Nune Harutyunyan has also presented the CP and renewable energy use practices of REC Caucasus in terms of food/dry fruit processing, as an additional example of CP option application at the local level which created opportunities for development of alternative employment, eco-friendly agro-processing and food production, as well as served as a good start-up for development of local business using renewable energy source/solar dryer.

Mr. Haroyan, Head of Aarhus center of Dilijan have presented local experience of CP application and resource efficiency practice in Dilijan.

Potential opportunities for development of cluster-based approaches for RECP and CP options for engagement of profile-oriented SMEs who could share their experience with their colleagues working in chemical, metallurgy, agro-processing, fish-producing industries, since this approach would allow them to share their experiences with colleagues in the same industry, which will be more specific and relevant for each sector have been also discussed.