A seismic survey of 31 kindergartens in Yerevan was conducted by Seismic Protection Territorial Service as part of the technical assistance provided by the “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Building Retrofits” UNDP-GCF project to the “Yerevan Energy Efficiency” Project. The survey results were presented and discussed with the representatives of Yerevan Municipality and State Urban Development Committee, as well as experts on June 12, 2018. Yerevan Energy Efficiency Project is conducted based on the financial agreement signed between the European Investment Bank and the Yerevan Municipality on December 1, 2017.
“We always stress the importance of combining the environmental, social and economic factors. The investment may seem large in the short-run, but will justify itself in the longer term, since it is much cheaper to prevent any disaster, than remove the aftermaths,” Dmitry Mariyasin, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative said.
Armen Ghularyan, the State Urban Development Committee Deputy Chairman, said the survey findings will be included in the database of the technical state of the buildings in Armenia to be created as part of the developed seismic safety strategy.
Diana Harutyunyan, the UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator, said innovative approaches were used by the experts’ team while developing recommendations for increasing the seismic safety of the kindergartens, and stressed that UNDP will continue providing assistance to increasing seismic safety and energy efficiency of other public buildings of Armenia, as well.
An intensive discussion and exchange of views followed the presentation.
The further technical assistance to be provided by “De-risking and Scaling-up Investment in Energy Efficient Building Retrofits” UNDP-GCF Project to “Yerevan Energy Efficiency” Project include: