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”Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production”, UNIDO RECP Demonstration Component Project Training, Phase 2


From 20-24th of July, 2016 RECP Armenia team has organized a four-day training for selected national experts for the second phase of RECP audits for SMEs within the framework of EaP Green Resource efficiency and Cleaner Production Demonstration project.

The training took place in UN Conference Hall, Yerevan, Armenia. The training was carried out by the international expert Mr. Nazir Abidjanov. The training was attended by the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Mr. John Barker, Head of UNIDO Operations of Armenia, Ms. Aanahit Simonyan, UNIDO RECP National Coordinator, Ms. Nune Harutyunyan, RECP staff members and selected national experts.

The aim of the training was to present the training participants the project objectives and outputs, basic and advanced RECP methods and applications, and supportive/entrepreneurship topics. Mr. Abidjanov who is specialized on cleaner production conducted the training in order to deliver in a coordinated and sustainable manner RECP assessment, training, information, advisory and related services that are valuable to enterprises and other organizations considering that successful implementation of the RECP programme requires that groups of national experts in each EaP country can deliver RECP services to enterprises and other organizations in different regions and sectors in their home countries.

The training was launched by the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Mr. Khachik Hakobyan, Ms. Anahit Simonyan, Mr. John Barker and Ms. Nune Harutyunyan. They expressed their opinions about the project, its benefits, importance for Armenia and the enterprises. They discussed the objectives of the project, outcomes from the first phase of the project.

International expert Nazir Abidjanov Mr. Nazir Abidjanov started the theoretical and practical part of the training by providing coherence understanding of RECP Methodology, mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production into national strategies: steps needed and nationally appropriate mechanisms for delivering value-adding RECP services to enterprises and SMEs. The whole presentation was accompanied with the case studies, success stories and various examples.

The following modules were presented by the trainer:
• RECP Concept and Practice
• RECP baseline and indicators
• RECP Assessment
• Motivation and team
• Initial assessment
• Detailed assessment

Post evaluation questionnaires were completed by the training participants after the presentations of group works at the end of the training. Additionally, national experts were asked to complete test prepared by Mr. Abidjanov to evaluate their knowledge on the given training. At the end of the training participants presented their recommendations for the training. Recommendations raised by participants were targeting project continuity as well as essentials key factors to create stable knowledge based background to expand the scope of project opportunities. Training participants also expressed their willingness to support effective project implementation and be involved in all stages of project intervention.