ADIWSE Consulting is implementing ADB’s “Strengthening Environmental Resilience and Fostering Sustainable Economy for Lake Sevan” project

ADWISE Consulting experts are currently working on the “Strengthening Environmental Resilience and Fostering Sustainable Economy for Lake Sevan” project which is implemented by Asian Development Bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.

The project is aimed at enhancing knowledge on climate-adaptive economic development while promoting environmental sustainability and disaster resilience.

The objective of the project is to provide capacity building for governmental and local stakeholders to enhance their climate adaptive planning and strategic spatial planning capabilities. This will be achieved through consultation sessions, workshops, roundtables, and visioning exercises. As a result:

  • Recommendations for policy reforms to improve the institutional setup for sustainable and climate-adaptive development plans will be provided.
  • Customized sustainable tourism practices will be developed.
  • Spatial and zoning plans for recreational areas that adhere to climate-adaptive economic development principles, including eco-tourism will be created
  • Criteria for development to safeguard and enhance the natural capital potential of Lake Sevan and its surrounding national park, including guidelines for harmonizing building exterior decoration with the natural surroundings will be established.

On 17 June, in the framework of Asian Development Bank’s “Strengthening Environmental Resilience and Fostering Sustainable Economy for Lake Sevan” project, ADIWSE Consulting experts conducted a stakeholder meeting.

During the meeting, international and national experts presented their findings and gathered feedback to ensure an inclusive approach in developing policy reforms, sustainable tourism practices, spatial plans for recreational areas, and criteria to protect Lake Sevan’s natural capital. The focus was on collaborative efforts to strengthen Lake Sevan’s environmental resilience and support a sustainable economy.

Green Agenda: Armenia’s Roadmap for a Sustainable Tomorrow

The Green Agenda project for which ADWISE Consulting is the National Implementing Partner in Armenia, is now officially launched in Yerevan, Armenia.

Embarking on a transformative journey, Armenia will align with the European Green Deal and the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Extended Partnership Agreement (CEPA). This initiative aims to harmonize national policies with leading European standards, propelling Armenia towards a more sustainable and prosperous future.

The project launch and its first Steering Committee meeting, chaired by the Ministry of Environment brought together a diverse group of key stakeholders, Government officials and members of the international community.

The Deputy Minister of Environment, Aram Meymaryan, addressing the attendees, highlighted the project’s significance: “Armenia is on the brink of transformation. Our environmental awareness is expanding, yet we remain confronted by significant challenges, including pollution, waste management, and deforestation. These are the pressing issues we are vigorously striving to address. However, we realize that our approach needs to embrace sustainability. The Green Agenda is a decisive roadmap designed to cultivate a healthier environment for our citizens, administer our natural resources more effectively, and ultimately, lead us towards a more ecologically-friendly Armenia.”

Attendees of the project launch received a message from Patrik Svensson, the Sweden’s Ambassador to Armenia: “The Green Agenda, a key priority for Sweden, aligns with an invaluable opportunity for Armenia, where a greener economy could simultaneously enhance citizens’ quality of life, catalyse sustainable growth, and generate new employment opportunities. Amid these challenging times, steering Armenia’s economy towards greener practices presents not just a prudent policy decision, but also a strategic vision ensuring equitable and inclusive progression towards a sustainable, zero-emission, and environmentally responsible economy.”

In a message addressed to event attendees, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, at the European Commission, emphasized: “The climate change resistant future is a necessity for which we are laying the background nowadays. By adopting sustainable policies and practices, Armenia aligns its policies with European standards, aiming to enhance the quality of life for its citizens, open up new business opportunities and strengthen trade and economic relations with EU member states.”

Vardan Melikyan joins ADWISE Consulting as partner, director of sustainability and environment

We are pleased to announce that we, prioritizing environment and sustainability through the recent years, are dedicating a separate business line, to further enhance our work in the field – consulting in environment and sustainability, and we are super happy to welcome Vardan Melikyan to our team as a Partner and Director in charge of that business line.

Vardan Melikyan has 17 years of progressive experience in climate change, natural resource management and sustainable development with the Armenian Government, and international development organizations. While working as Deputy Minister of Environment of Armenia, he was responsible for coordination of policy development in forestry, biodiversity, and protected areas management, as well as acted as National Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity, Political and Operational Focal Point for the Republic of Armenia, Global Environmental Facility, and Vice-Chair of UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry.

Vardan has extensive experience in policy analysis, strategic planning, leadership of participatory decision-making processes, development of the training materials and facilitation of coaching workshops, as well as climate change technology needs assessment.

Vardan’s deep expertise in the field of environment and sustainability, combined with his passion for sustainable development will further enrich our client offering.

Vardan Melikyan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Moscow State University after Lomonosov. In addition to that, Vardan has participated in numerous trainings in the field.

ADWISE Consulting conducts assessment of corruption risks in private-public interactions

We are happy to share that ADWISE Consulting completed yet another important project.

We collaborated with CIPE-Center for International Private Enterprise and the RA Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to conduct assessment of corruption risks in the interactions between the private sector and public agencies in Armenia.

Through desk research, interviews and focus group discussions with private sector representatives and those well-informed of the topic, our experts were able to conduct the assessment, which will be used in the development process of the anti-corruption strategy.

ADWISE partner Ara Khzmalyan speaks at the IP Global Forum

We are thrilled to announce that on April 29, our Partner, Ara Khzmalyan, participated as a speaker in the IP for IT discussion, and our associate, Adelina Asatryan, moderated the discussion, as part of the IP Global Forum.

The forum was organized by Association of Intellectual Property Right Armenian Lawyers- AIPR, with the support of Katapult Pavilion: A Creative Industries expo, AGBU, and ArtNexus.

We extend our gratitude to all the organizers for their tireless efforts and commitment, and we are eager to continue supporting such valuable initiatives.

ADWISE Consulting hosts the EBRD SME Credit Line in Armenia event

We were happy to host the event for EBRD SME Credit Line in Armenia, as the project implementor in the coutry. The event gathered stakeholders of the programme: the EU ambassador to RA, representatives of the EBRD, leadership of local financial institutions, the programme beneficiaries, and many other.

ADWISE Consulting is responsible for the local coordination efforts of the programme as part of the technical assistance provided to the participating financial institutions of the programme.

The Programme is a joint initiative of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU).

ADWISE Consulting ranked by the Chambers & Partners

For the third year in a row ADWISE Business and Legal Consulting is ranked by the world-renowned Chambers & Partners ranking as one of the leading law-firms in Armenia, and our partner Ara Khzmalyan is ranked as of the leading legal practitioners.

We are grateful to all our clients and partners whose feedback has helped us gain this recognition, and are committed to continue working to help them navigate the regulatory environment, minimize risks and find optimal solutions to old and new challenges.

ADWISE Legal Associate Adelina Asatryan obtains the status of an attorney-at-law

We are excited to share our news! ADWISE Legal Associate Adelina Asatryan has successfully passed the qualification exam and obtained the status of an attorney-at-law (License № 3263 of advocate’s activity).

We congratulate Adelina on joining the Chamber of Advocates of the Republic of Armenia and wish her many more achievements.

National workshop on “Lake Sevan new national vision roadmap” project

On 20 December, in the framework of the “Lake Sevan new national vision roadmap” activity within the EU4Sevan UNDP project, a national workshop was conducted by ADWISE Consulting.

The workshop brought together representatives of various stakeholder groups with the aim to share and initiate a discussion on the draft vision and the procedures that preceded its development, as well as to refine the initial vision based on the

received feedback and comments.

The workshop was attended by 40 representatives of governmental and public institutions (ministries, local self-government bodies, regional administration), NGOs, academia, and international organizations.

During the workshop an interesting discussion took place, the details of which will be taken into consideration for finalizing the vision and during the further steps stemming from it.

The “Environmental Protection of Lake Sevan” (EU4Sevan) project is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is part of the BMZ-funded programme “Management of natural resources and safeguarding of ecosystem services for sustainable rural development in the South Caucasus (ECOserve)․” The project is implemented by GIZ and UNDP in Armenia.

ADWISE signed an MoU with the Investment Council of Armenia

ADWISE Business and Legal Consulting signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Investment Council of Armenia – ICA.

The parties will cooperate in mapping the regulatory challenges facing the businesses in Armenia, and work on determining optimal solutions to those challenges.

We remain committed to helping businesses overcome challenges and build a strong future together.

The Investment Council (IC) of Armenia serves as a public-private dialogue platform between the Government of Armenia and SME Associations targeted at the development of business-oriented legislative reforms. IC Armenia is supported by the EBRD and funded by the UK Government’s Good Governance Fund (GGF).

ADWISE Consulting continues working on “New Long-term National Vision for Lake Sevan”

ADWISE Consulting experts continue working on a very important project – “New Long-term National Vision for Lake Sevan”

We want to thank the  Ministry of Environment of Armenia and the Ministry of Economy of Armenia for their participation in the focus group.

Focus groups are crucial in ensuring the participatory component of the project, that will in turn motivate the various stakeholders’ engagement in the future implementation of the actions aimed to reach the vision by 2050.

The details of the focus group can be found here:

The Project “Environmental Protection of Lake Sevan” (EU4Sevan) is co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is part of the EU Action “EU4 Energy Efficiency and Environment,” and of the BMZ-funded programme “Management of natural resources and safeguarding of ecosystem services for sustainable rural development in the South Caucasus (ECOserve).” The project is implemented by GIZ and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Yerevan will have a Climate Change Adaptation plan

We are happy and proud to start working on this important project!

Within the framework of the “National Adaptation Plan in Armenia” UNDP- GCF project, ADWISE Consulting is implementing the development of the City of Yerevan Climate Change Adaptation plan.

During the introductory meeting our team of consultants had the opportunity to define the project objectives, and the directions that should be included in the development of the adaptation plan through a discussion with the representatives of the municipality of city of Yerevan as well as those of the UNDP Armenia.

ADWISE CONSULTING PARTNER ARA KHZMALYAN GAVE A LECTURE ON INTRODUCTION TO TRADEMARKS

We are happy to share, that within the framework of Summer School on IP law, organized by Association of “Intellectual Property Right Armenian Lawyers”, our partner Ara Khzmalyan gave a lecture on Introduction to trademarks.

ADWISE Business and Legal Consulting associate Adelina Asatryan acts as one of the permanent members of the Association.

Discussion meeting with Gegharkunik marz communities’ representatives regarding the long-term national vision for Lake Sevan

Gegharkunik marz communities are strongly influenced by the challenges related to Lake Sevan. Therefore, in order to ensure highly inclusive approach, it was important for both ADWISE and UNDP in Armenia to facilitate the discussion on the problems and expectations, as well as to motivate the engagement among the representatives of various communities of Gegharkunik.

We thank Gegharkunik Regional Administration for the opportunity.

Throughout the course of the project, ADWISE Consulting experts have been having meetings with different stakeholders, in order to ensure that the vision is long-term, interiorized, and motivates the engagement of the stakeholder groups in the future implementation of actions to reach the vision by 2050.

The Project “Environmental Protection of Lake Sevan” (EU4Sevan) is co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is part of the EU Action “EU4 Energy Efficiency and Environment,” and of the BMZ-funded programme “Management of natural resources and safeguarding of ecosystem services for sustainable rural development in the South Caucasus (ECOserve).” The project is implemented by GIZ and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

ADWISE experts held a meeting with Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Center, in the framework of Lake Sevan vision project

In the framework of the “Implementation of the roadmap for defining a new long-term national vision for Lake Sevan” project ADWISE team had a very productive meeting with Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Center”

Current and future challenges, objectives and problems were identified and discussed.

We thank HMC for this informative meeting.

In the framework of the implementation of the roadmap for defining a new long-term national vision for Lake Sevan project ADWISE Consulting  team is having meetings with various stakeholders to ensure that the vision is long-term, interiorized, and motivates their engagement in the implementation of actions to reach the vision by 2050.

The Project “Environmental Protection of Lake Sevan” (EU4Sevan) is co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is part of the EU Action “EU4 Energy Efficiency and Environment,” and of the BMZ-funded programme “Management of natural resources and safeguarding of ecosystem services for sustainable rural development in the South Caucasus (ECOserve).” The project is implemented by GIZ and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Training for “Tourism Innovation Academy”

ADWISE Consulting delivered trainings in financial planning and digital marketing to the participants of the Tourism Innovation Academy Pre-Acceleration program.

ADWISE’s CEO Lilit Gharayan introduced the basics of the financial management and different financial management tools for effective decision making.

Our Partner in Marketing and Communications Nuné Melkoumian gave an introduction to the digital marketing, including digital marketing strategy and social media marketing, as well as vital information on the proper way to communicate with customers using social networks!

The Tourism Innovation Academy project is made possible with the support from the European Union’s EU4Business “Innovative Tourism for Armenia” project, TSC, and Impact Hub Yerevan.