Armenia: Integrated Solid Waste Management in Southern Caucasus – fact-finding mission to Armenia for preparing workshops and conferences

By promoting cross-border and regional exchange, a contribution can be made to a sustainable and environmentally sound municipal solid waste management (MSWM) in the Southern Caucasus; Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. To this end, a basis for experience exchange will be set up and will facilitate the exchange of experiences and knowledge between the countries, municipalities and relevant Solid Waste Management stakeholders in the region. The forum shall offer possibilities to learn from projects, successfully applied approaches and tools as well as conflict and problem-resolution mechanisms with the aim to improve project preparation and implementation in the MSWM field.

PEM CONSULT in cooperation with INTECUS (Germany) and Gamma (Georgia) will facilitate workshops and seminars for an exchange of knowledge and experiences between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and host a regional conference on MSWM in Tbilisi within the next 18 months.

As first initiative PEM CONSULT conducted a fact-finding mission to Armenia to learn about the situation, challenges and interests of the Armenian key stakeholders in waste management.

As the waste collection and disposal situation in Armenia is still very volatile, we have received great interest from all parties met including the relevant Ministries of the Republic of Armenia, the donor community, grassroot initiatives as well as technical and managerial support institutions involved in waste management in the country.

As a result, the following three main topics seem interesting and relevant for exchanging information, knowledge and experience:

  1. ‘Landfilling’
    – all aspects related to landfilling – design, managing and operating landfills, technologies for rehabilitating existing landfills, technologies for closing landfills and illegal dumpsites, instalment of infrastructure, principles for day to day operation, collecting and processing key data for landfilling.
  2. ‘Collection’
    – all aspects related to planning, managing and operating systems for collection of household waste, including the specific challenges of setting up systems for separate collection and recycling.
  3. ‘Government and Citizens’
    –  all aspects related to waste management policies, stakeholder engagement, civil society, public participation, NGO initiatives, interaction and dialogue between government and citizens, environmental approval procedures etc.