Republic of Armenia
2,971,650 (2007 estimate)
29,800 sq km 11,500 sq
Yerevan 1,088,000 (2004 estimate)
GDP per capita (US$)
GDP by economic sector
Agriculture, forestry, fishing 23.4 % (2004)
Industry 37.1 % (2004)
Services 39.5 % (2004)
Copper, molybdenum, zinc, gold, diamonds and granite. Armenia’s rivers, especially the Hrazdan, provide considerable hydroelectric power.
Capacity building for environmental NGOs
Promotion of sustainable energy policy and school energy educational project SPARE
Partner:Eco-club “Tapan” +374 10 73 33 22 email@example.com
Norges Naturvernforbund started its activities in Armenia in 2000, cooperating with the local environmental NGO Eco-club "TAPAN" responsible for the project. The project covers almost all regions. In addition to educational activities, TAPAN is also implementing practical energy projects on solar heating and window restoration. TAPAN is working with several partners, for example does cooperation with Youth and Community Action Program (implemented by Academy for Educational Development, supported by USAID) give SPARE a possibility to be spread through the many local centers of this project. TAPAN has good contact with educational authorities, although this contact suffers from frequent changes of staff in educational ministry.
The Armenian energy sector is heavily dominated by the fossil industry. The existing energy strategy focuses on gas and nuclear energy. The hydro power energy sector has developed over the last few years. Several privately owned small hydro power plants has been constructed in different regions of Armenia, but planning and environmental impact assessments are often lacking. The country as a whole, and in particular district areas suffer from unreliable energy supply, and schools are often forced to close during the coldest winter period. Energy efficiency is low, and progress in the field has been very limited.