First National Initiative Group Meeting in Armenia

On February 24th, 2020 meeting on Development and Planning of Regional Dialogue and Cooperation took place in Armenia, bringing together the scientists and practitioners.
Meeting participants were given information about project and its main components, results of the second Caucasus Mountain Forum and the Caucasus Regional Research Program, Preliminary Assessment of the Situation of Higher Education and Risk Mapping in DRM and about Higher Education in Disaster Risk Reduction as well as provided with the presentations about Advocacy /cooperation Road Map and Research Agenda elaborated by Sustainable Caucasus.
Second part of the meeting was devoted to the discussions, questions and suggestions related to the aforementioned topics and mainly on Advocacy Road Map, its approval and cooperation mechanisms such as: confirmation of willingness for cooperation; Discussions and approval of topics for advocacy and cooperation; Formation of the thematic working groups; Clarification of the cooperation tools and mechanisms in more detail;
At the end of the meeting participants agreed to create National Initiative Group (NIG) responsible for Advocacy of the Science-policy Interface Strengthening and Caucasus Regional Agenda (C-RRA) promotion.
Members of the National Initiative group voted for the first co-chairs of NIG for the following two years: Aram Gabrielyan (Khazer NGO, Scientific Adviser) Hayk Igityan (Georisk Scientific Research Company, DRR Specialist) and selected following topic: Socio-Economic Development and Planning.
The meeting was held in terms of the Project “Strengthening the Climate Adaptation Capacities in the South Caucasus” with financial support from the Swiss Co-operation Office-South Caucasus funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).