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Actions in Brief
The project will reach its targets through several actions:
1) Construction of a 1 megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant. The plant will be managed by a Public Private Partnership made of local authorities and private B&Bs. It will produce clean energy all year round. The revenues coming from selling the energy will be re-invested in the region to create new jobs in tourism sector, new touristic routes, info points. It will conduct advertising, provide tourism-related services, and many other investments to improve the quality of life of local communities. 7 new quality jobs will be created.
2) Installation of at least 25 solar thermal panels in B&Bs and households through micro-grants, that will lower the demand of energy of eco-touristic businesses; and will introduce eco-friendly approach as a marketing tool for promoting eco-tourism in the area, supporting the creation of new jobs in the sector.
3) Training and mentoring activities will enhance the competencies and capacities of local touristic businesses in management, activities, routines and tools, with the aim to raise safety and quality of services. Local public authorities will also benefit from training sessions to learn how to increase public awareness about sustainable energy practices, to introduce practical measures to support the development of local SMEs and family business, to define strategies and implementation plans, to work together with private sector for the growth of the local touristic attractiveness. 25 new jobs will be created in the sector.
Duration: 15/12/2016 – 15/12/2018 (24 months)
Total Project Budget: EUR 2,084,951.71
EU Contribution: EUR 1,500,000.00
Location: Vayots Dzor Marz (region) of Armenia
Implementing Partners: PIN Scrl - Educational and scientific services for the University of Florence, Italy (Lead partner); Tourism Regional Center, Yeghegnadzor, Armenia; 8 Municipalities of the Vayots Dzor Region: Gladzor, Herher, Karmrashen, Artabuynq, Shatin, Goghtanik, and Vernashen and Yeghegnadzor