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DW Akademie "Reporting Climate Change" Workshop Magazine made in cooperation with Internews Armenia in Yerevan, 10-21 June, 2013.

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    We must adapt to changes in the climate...

    caucasus climate A DW Akademie Workshop Magazine

    DW Akademie in cooperation with Internews Armenia 10-21 June, 2013

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  • 3agriculture, water resources to suffer as armenias climate changes.

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    Yerevan downtown is now littered with a chain of cafes and an ever-increasing number of high-rise buildings that transform places where city parks and vitally important green spaces used to be.

    Yerevan was very different 30 years ago says Hakob Sanasarian, Chairman of the Greens Union of Armenia. Back then Yerevan was a real place to live in. It is not only that the environment

    gets destroyed, it has become uninhabitable, says Sanasarian.

    Public health and environment experts say the way the city has developed has resulted in a double blow - to both the environment and public health. The cutting of trees results in soil erosion

    In Armenia, urban development standards say there should be 25 square metres of green space per inhabitant. But this is not the case in Yerevan, Armenias capital. Each inhabitant of Yerevan only has 3.6 sq. metres of green space. This contrasts with the situation in Madrid where its 68 sq. metres per person, while Amsterdam in the Netherlands has 36 sq. metres of green space for each inhabitant.

    Armenias environment started changing rapidly in the early 1990s, when an energy crisis caused massive tree cutting for fuelwood purposes - resulting in a loss of whole forested areas. Then, soon after the energy crisis, commercial logging in the countrys forests started on a grand scale.

    and more dust in the air, while less green space in the city means there are fewer trees to filter vehicle exhausts and industrial emissions.

    The centre of Yerevan has become an environmental disaster zone, says Karineh Danielian, the chairwoman of the For Sustainable Development NGO. Shrinking green spaces means that the air quality gets affected. The country loses its green spaces and develops a dry, semi-desert climate.

    Statistics indicate that the green umbrella of the country is rapidly getting smaller.

    Green spaces are the lungs of the Earth, and as we destroy them we close her airways and make her sick says Kieran Cooke, an Irish journalist and a climate change expert. It does not matter if it is Yerevan or any other city or country, because everyone should be responsible for the planet Earth.

    The plan is to ensure 19 sq.metres of green space per person by 2020, says the municipality of Yerevan. But the illustration and figures shown below, compiled by various environmental NGOs, would seem to indicate otherwise.

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  • HE TITLE IN ENGLISH

    Choro

    khi

    Kura

    Kuban

    Kuban

    Kuma

    Terek

    Rioni

    Alazani

    Enguri

    Eya

    Kalaus

    Sulak

    Kura

    Kura

    Aras

    Aras

    Ye

    gorlik

    BlackSea

    LakeSevan

    Krasnodar res.

    Kapan

    Tbilisi

    Stepanakert

    Yerevan

    PotiTskhinval(i)

    Sukhum(i)

    Kristine, Satenik, Ani, Tigran

    Lasha Irin

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    Olga

    Armine

    Meri

    Marianna

    Contributors to CauCasus Climate

    A DW Akademie Workshop Magazine

    DW Akademie in cooperation with Internews Armenia

    With financial support from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

    Editors: Kieran Cooke, Bettina Ruigies

    Reporters: Satenik Abrahamyan, Kristine Aghalaryan, Marianna Kotova, Armine Narinyan, Meri Sogomonyan, Olga Tsiskarishvili-Soselia, Irina Yanovskaya, Ani Yeghiazaryan, Tigran Zareyan, Lasha Zarginava

    Design & Layout: Natalie Harutyunyan

    Sources of maps, artwork & photography:GRID-Arendal / UNEP, Vecteezy, Easyvectors,Stock.XCHNG

    As of: 21 June, 2013

    cAUCASUS clIMATE