An inclusive ecosystem stretches beyond a capital and two or three major cities. We have therefore sought to close the gap between Armenian locales and ensure development throughout the Syunik region via the creation of new jobs and the implementation of various developmental programs in Tatev and its adjacent communities.
10+ community initiatives
waste management, water supply, street lighting, addressing needs of around 6K local population
shortened travel time with new and affordable transportation
decreased transportation cost in average 2000 rides annually
road infrastructure improvement
in touristic flow to the region
in accommodation capacity of the region
of local unemployment through indirect job creation
local SMEs supported to be set up and expanded
events and festivals
Tatevatun restaurant has inherited a tradition of authentic flavours and preserves Armenian recipes, especially from the Syunik region.
DEVELOPMENT OF B&BS IN NEARBY VILLAGES
The owners of guesthouses were trained and provided with full support to seize the opportunity of touristic inflows. The owners of 23 B&Bs in the Tatev region have now mastered the basics of marketing, hosted tourism company representatives, and travelled to other cities to exchange experiences with other members of the tourist trade. Participants have been given help with the registration of their businesses and the organisation of their managerial processes.
HALIDZOR GUEST HOUSE
Halidzor Guest House is a private villa located on a beautiful cliffside on the Vorotan gorge. It lies at the heart of Halidzor village, just 20 minutes walking from the Halidzor station for the Wings of Tatev aerial tramway. Its design preserves the authenticity of the local architecture and habitat.
SHEEP SHEARING FEST
Three sheep shearing festivals have been organised in Tatev region. These have provided yet another opportunity to develop tourism in the region, building bridges between various communities and private companies, and making people aware of the traditions, culture and local products of the region. On average, over 2 000 people took part in the festivals each year. Events featured sheep shearing contests, live folk music, dance, games, sports, and a fair at which local producers presented their products.
TATEV MARKET CONSTRUCTION
An important infrastructural development was the construction of a local market near the Tatev station for the Wings of Tatev aerial tramway in late 2014. The market, designed for 16 retail outlets, creates comfortable working conditions for vendors who will no longer have to use dilapidated stands.
A crafts school project is launched in Tatev where locals attended theoretical and practical trainings in embroidery, miniature and souvenir manufacturing. Another training for locals was implemented in order to develop ecotourism and hiking. Here, participants underwent a course in the history of Tatev, learned about its ethnographic and natural features, mastered the basics of its architecture and archaeology, and went on all the hiking trails around Tatev that had been specially laid out for tourists.
TATEV NATIONAL PARK
In 2015, a project was launched to create Tatev National Park to preserve the biodiversity of the area’s natural ecosystems and safeguard its historical and cultural sites. Also underway are plans to educate local people on Tatev’s natural environment, create regulated tourism and recreation, implement scientific methods of nature conservation, establish environmental monitoring processes, and restore disturbed natural ecosystems and historicalcultural complexes. The territory of ten communities were surveyed and cartographic work was performed. We expect the adoption of the Armenian Government’s decision on establishment of Tatev National Park.
schools receive enhanced library resources
children provided with schools and kindergartens with improved hard and soft infrastructures
ours of trainings and capacity building for staff and local community members
children annually access engineering laboratories teaching new skills
staff members from local community with no higher education obtained technical skills which make them highly employable globally
children annually provided with professional musical education
Placing great importance on the socioeconomic development of local communities, engineering labs have been opened in schools in Goris, Tatev, Halidzor and Shinuhayr. The labs present an exceptional opportunity for students to gain modern engineering experience while developing their logical reasoning skills.
NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES
Every year New Year’s performances for nearly 1,000 children from seven villages located in Tatev community are being organised.
Different actors from Yerevan put on performances for local kids each year including a Puppet Theatre, circus and other shows. At the end, all the children receive special gifts.
- PRIVATE AGENCY FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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- HUMANITARIAN PLATFORM
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- 100 LIVES
- MARINE ALÉS “ONE OF YOU”
- AURORA PRIZE FOR AWAKENING HUMANITY
- AURORA DIALOGUES
- AURORA INDEX
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- AURORA GRANTS
- AURORA FOR ARTSAKH
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- LARGER TATEV
- DILIJAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
- PILOT REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CO-FINANCED BY THE EU
- SOUVENIR SHOPS
- GYUMRI FRIENDSHIP PARK
- ARTSAKH PROJECTS
- CACTUS RESTAURANT AND KOOR WINES
- URBAN STANDARDS
- EDUCATION PLATFORM
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- DUMFRIES HOUSE
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- SCHOOL №20 PROJECT
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- DILIJAN ART INITIATIVE
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