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Bringing Water to Syunik’s Border Villages

The villages of Alvank and Shvanidzor are located in the Meghri region at the border with Iran. The total population of the villages is 692 inhabitants. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and its economic system water problems became acute due to the absence of resources and lack of maintenance. In the former Persian sphere of influence, traditionally in the areas with limited water resources people constructed underground water systems called “chaheriz”. These systems were used for human consumption, cultivation and cattle. In the Soviet period the systems were mostly abandoned and the local capacities for their maintenance and construction were nearly lost. Due to the bad condition of the chaherizes the villages lack proper water supply what limits their opportunities to develop agriculture and animal husbandry. The extreme deterioration of the existing water network in these isolated communities has created an unsafe, unhealthy and unliveable situation. This results in the deterioration of hygienic conditions and contributes to the spread of water-borne diseases.

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Increasing Dairy Production; Improving Livelihood

Objective: The objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction in the rural areas of Armenia by devising and implementing income generation schemes through the provision of automated milking units to farming households.

Rationale: Milk production has traditionally been one of the main occupations for rural communities in Armenia. Although milk production in Armenia has increased by approximately 34% over the last 15 years, the country remains a net importer of milk and relies heavily on imported dairy products. There is a serious demand and market for milk and milk by-products in Armenia, and it is believed that dairy farmers have the potential to become real economic anchors within the country. However, due to a lack of capabilities, the industry continues to function at less than 30% of its potential.

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With the support of Norwegian and German governments, a few months ago the Civilitas Foundation began to conduct polls throughout Armenia. The results of the polls will be made available to the media and will serve as the topic of public discussions.

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Civilitas Spotlight


What can be expected of or for Syria in the immediate future? Can there be justice without peace? Can there be peace without an accounting and without justice? What do Syrians want? What does the international community want?

The guests are

Nicholas Koumjian

International Criminal Law Attorney

Vartan Oskanian

Member of Parliament

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs


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Facts for Thought
Number of theater performances (1) and attendance (2) in Armenia
(1) (2)
2008 2,364 409,500
2009 2,443 367,800
2010 2,331 394,800
2011 2,707 458,900
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