AEN news

June 23, 2016 – The Thousand Leaf Project Website Launched Jointly by the Armenian Environmental Network and the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment

The Thousand Leaf Project is a collaboration between AEN and the American University of Armenia Acopian Center for the Environment. The website aims to address the lack of accessible information on plants and mushrooms used by Armenians. It encourages individuals throughout Armenian communities across Armenia and the world (“citizen scientists”) to collect and submit information, stories, photos, and recipes. Read Full Press Release.

February 6, 2016 – AEN Helps Rescue Gyumri Zoo Animals

In October 2015, the owner of the Gyumri Zoo announced that he was ill and could no longer care for the animals. AEN supported local organizations and garnered international support to rescue the animals. Read Full Article.

December 1, 2015 – AEN Releases its First Two PSAs on Waste in Armenia

AEN has produced and released two public service announcements (PSAs) on littering in Armenia, in both English and Armenian. The PSAs are part of AEN’s campaign to raise awareness about waste in Armenia and introduce sustainable waste management practices, educating Armenians about ways to reduce their “eco-footprint” by reducing, reusing and recycling. Read more and view the PSAs.

May 27-31 2015 – AEN Launches Mining Seminar Series 

With another grant from the Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU), AEN is organizing a series of activities to enable the exchange of expertise in responsible mining. The first activity of this yearlong project was focused on civil society capacity building and AEN arranged for three colleagues to attend a highly informative conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on mitigation of environmental impacts of mining. Attending the conference from Armenia were…  Read more.

May 23 2015 – AEN Begins Production of PSA’s on Waste and Littering 

As part of AEN’s GlobalGiving campaign, AEN partnered with Lumen Cinematography to film its first Public Service Announcement (PSA) on waste and littering. The PSA will be shown on television for one month and the internet indefinitely, reaching thousands of Armenians. Read more about the PSAs and how you can support the campaign.

AEN April 2014 Newsletter

AEN’s Landfill in Berd, Teacher Trainings in Vardenis, AEN’s volunteers in Armenia, AEN’s project featured in Hetq, Teachers in Vardenis declare a war on waste, ‘Green’ movie screening in Yerevan… Read Full Newsletter.

AEN November 2013 Newsletter

A Blog Entry from AEN’s New Office Director, AEN Activities in San Francisco, AEN Receives Positive Feedback from Teachers in Berd, AEN and Partners Launch Vardenis Environmental Education Initiative, AEN Calls for Support for U.S. Bill to Aid Reforestation Efforts in Armenia…  Read Full Newsletter.

October 21-22 2013 – AEN and Partners Launch the Vardenis Environmental Education Initiative

Within the framework of Vardenis Environmental Education Initiative, AEN conducted the first Training of Teachers (ToT) in Tsakhkadzor on October 21-22. 16 teachers participated in the ToT and received educational training in waste management, composting, re-use and recycling of the waste stream and new teaching methodologies for them to use in their classrooms.  Read a blog post about the trainings.

October 19, 2013 – AEN participates in St. John’s 71st Annual Armenian Food Festival in San Francisco

AEN’s founder, Ursula Kazarian, together with local volunteers Greg Nemet, Loosine Vartani, and Rose Nemet, spent two days speaking with festival attendees about AEN’s work in the U.S. and Armenia. Approximately 1000 people visited the festival over the weekend, and many expressed interest in AEN’s mission of promoting sustainable development in Armenia through information sharing and encouraging partnerships between members in Armenia and in the Diaspora. AEN is interested in building and expanding its presence in the Bay Area and invites all who are interested to join in its efforts. For more information email

September 30, 2013 – AEN Calls for Support for U.S. Bill to Aid Reforestation Efforts in Armenia

On September 25, 2013, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation last Wednesday to aid reforestation efforts in Haiti and Armenia. The Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) is extremely pleased that Senator Durbin has taken leadership on such a critical issue to Armenia’s development.  AEN strongly encourages the Armenian-American communities in Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, California, Florida, and Rhode Island to call and thank their Senators for leading the way to provide for US assistance to restore Armenia’s environment.  Full Press Release.

AEN September Newsletter

A Farewell Message from AEN Program Director Kirk Wallace, AEN participates in Tedx, AEN and Partners Secure Grants to Continue Environmental Education, First Survey of Attitudes Toward Wildlife in Armenia, AEN Strategic Plan…  Read Full Newsletter.

May 21, 2013 – AEN Hosts GREEN BERD FESTIVAL

On May 4, 2013, the Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) hosted the Green Berd Festival in Soran Park in Berd as a non-official closing of the educational component of its Integrated Waste Management Project (IWMP). This was the culminating event following the training in environmental and waste management education of 10 teachers from 5 schools in Berd. It was also the first educational waste management festival ever held in Berd.  Full Press Release and Photos.

February 25, 2013 – Armenian Environmental Network Launches San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 

On January 27, 2013, the Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) marked the launch of its new San Francisco Bay Area Chapter with an event hosted by the University of San Francisco (USF).  The event, which was attended by 70 people, was organized in partnership with the University’s Department of Environmental Science and the Associated Students of USF Sustainability Committee.  Full Press Release.  Photos and Video.

January 7, 2013 – Training of Teachers in Berd

In late January, 2013 AEN and Green Lane will conduct training sessions for 10 science teachers in the town of Berd in Tavush marz.  The trainings will cover general environmental themes such as introduction to ecosystems, food webs, green communities, recycling, composting and so on.  Trainings will include educational methodologies new to their system.  Increased student participation and enhanced abilities in critical thinking, particularly as concerns environmental issues, are the ultimate objectives.  Teachers and students in Berd’s five public schools will be the initial beneficiaries of the trainings with the hope to expand the trainings to additional schools in the future.  Target grade levels are 5th through 12th grade.  Follow-up trainings will take place in February with supplementary sessions taking place in March and April. Click here for more information about the project.

December 19, 2012 – Press Release – Armenian Government Ignores Concerns Raised by 14 Organizations about Teghut Mine

A coalition of 14 prominent organizations including Armenia Tree Project (ATP) and Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) sent a letter to President Serzh Sargsyan and Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan on October 30, requesting an independent Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Teghut mining project. The coalition recently received a response to the letter from Edgar Pirumyan, Ministry of Nature Protection Chief of Staff, who said that an EIA was completed within the scope of the law and that the project was therefore approved.  Full Press Release.

November 23, 2012 – Kick-off Community Meeting in Berd

AEN, Green Lane NGO, and the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) held a “kick-off” community meeting, on November 23, with approximately 100 citizens of the town of Berd in Tavush marz in attendance.  The kick-off was the first activity in AEN’s Integrated Waste Management Project (IWMP), which seeks to assist the region in organizing and efficiently handling its solid waste disposal. The audience, which included the newly elected mayor of Berd, Harutunyan Manucharyan, enthusiastically embraced the prospect of assisting in the cleaning of the town and surrounding environs.  The IWMP will see the implementation of environmental lessons in the town’s five schools, covering topics than include ecosystems, food webs, recycling, reuse of resources, and creating a green community.  Additionally the IWMP will initiate a public service announcement campaign, provide recycle bins for plastic bottles, streamline the waste collection process and conduct workshops on composting of organic wastes.  Source separation of wastes (in the homes) will be the targeted goal for the IWMP with the construction of an environmentally sound, appropriate technology landfill being the culminating activity.  Limn Architects and JFS Engineering, both from New Jersey, are the design specialists for the unique landfill.

June 5, 2012 –  AEN’s volunteers organized a children’s chalk drawing session in the town of Berd, in the Shamshadin Region of Northern Armenia

The event was part of a pan-Armenian flash mob that took place simultaneously in Yerevan, Hrazdan, Alaverdi, Haghpat,  Aparan, Eghvard, Ijevan, Gavar and Berd. Its aim was to raise children’s awareness of garbage-related problems in preparation for Let’s do it! Armenia clean-up initiative that AEN is part of. As on June 5th Lilit and Gosia were up in the town of Berd where AEN will implement its Integrated Waste Management Project, they joined the event with local children. (Photos)

You can read more about the “Armenia Without Garbage” Chalk Drawing flash mob here.

Let’s do it! Armenia is a mass clean-up initiative that will take place on September 15th 2012. For more information click here.

March 29, 2012 – Green Path youth forum series launched at American University of Armenia

AEN’s first youth forum was held at the American University of Armenia. Twenty three young students came together with environmental activist and head of Eco-Era NGO, Hrayr Savzyan, in order to discuss the illegal construction of boutiques and kiosks in a local public park. This event was organized in partnership with “Tapan” Eco-Club, and was the first in a series of forums called, Green Path. See Green Path’s Facebook page here.

May 3, 2011 –  Panel Discussion on Transparency in the Armenian Environmental Context

WASHINGTON, D.C.–AEN and the Armenian Network of America co-sponsored a panel discussion about the role of transparency in the context of Armenian environmental issues. Speakers at the event included Sona Ayvazyan, Environmental Program Officer at Transparency International’s Yerevan office; Arsen Kharatyan, Armenian social activist and broadcaster for Voice of America; and Nick Martin, CEO and President at TechChange, a technology and social media organization.  Event announcement, Photos.

November 12, 2008 – International Development Seminar: Institutional barriers to improvement in energy and public health in Armenia

WASHINGTON, D.C.—AEN were joined by the Armenian Network of America to present up to date information on energy and public health in Armenia. The presenters included Charles Dunlap, senior program manager of the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation, and Isabella Bablumian, consultant at the World Bank. Event Flyer, Press Release, PhotosPowerpoint on Public Health, Powerpoint on Energy.

June 19, 2008– Public Forum on Sustainable Development Strategies For Armenia’s Future

WATERTOWN, M.A.–Armenia Tree Project joined with AEN and a number of cosponsoring organizations to host a public forum titled “Sustainable Development Strategies for Armenia’s Future.  According to studies by international forestry experts, Armenia is one of the vulnerable countries with a forest cover of less than 10 percent. As a result, Armenia faces challenges caused by erosion, landslides, water management, climate change, and desertification. A number of factors have contributed to this crisis, some of which are related to geopolitics, poverty, corruption, and poor land management practices.  This event was cosponsored by Armenia Tree Project, Armenian Assembly, Armenian Cultural Foundation, Armenian Environmental Network, Armenian National Committee, and Vem Media Arts.  Full press release.

February 6, 2008 – Current Research in Public Health Issues in Armenia

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) hosted a policy discussion on “Current Challenges to Environment and Public Health in Armenia:  A Policy Discussion” on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at the World Bank in Washington.  Full press release.

April 9, 2007 – Armenian Environmental Network Launches New Environmental Discussion Series

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The topic discussed was “Deforestation in Armenia and the Path to Recovery.”  The panelists included Charles Dunlap, senior program manager of the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Frauke Jungbluth, senior rural development economist at the World Bank, Jeffrey Tufenkian, president of Armenian Forests NGO (AFNGO), and Jeff Masarjian, executive director of Armenia Tree Project (ATP).The Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) hosted its inaugural event in Washington on Monday, April 9 at the World Bank.  Full press release.

March 30, 2007 – AEN participates in Environmental Panel at Armenians and the Left (AATL) Conference in Cambridge, M.A.