Best Practice in Water Management Presented in The Coca-Cola Stakeholder Forum

The ASPIRED Project participated in The Coca-Cola Stakeholder Forum held in Athens, Greece on October 16-17, 2019. The USAID’s Water, Energy and Environmental Advisor Marina Vardanyan presented activities for improved water management and protection of the groundwater resources in Armenia’s Ararat Valley, implemented in partnership with Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.

On July 16, 2016, the USAID Armenia, Coca-Cola HBC and the Ministry of Nature Protection (now Ministry of Environment) signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at improving use and conservation of water resources in Armenia. Under this partnership, Coca-Cola Hellenic contributed to some of the ASPIRED Project’s initiatives, namely implementation of the irrigation improvement project in the community of Hayanist and the installation of the automated online system for the groundwater use monitoring in the fisheries of the Ararat Valley.

Thirty-five stakeholders from 30 countries participated in the Stakeholder Forum in Athens as part of the water stewardship efforts pursued by Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company worldwide. The topic of the current discussion was focused on three dimensions of water stewardship – climate change and water management, partnerships to address water scarcity and public education on more efficient use of water. The Coca-Cola HBC supports a wide array of activities in these focus areas through a global network of stakeholders involved in the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program.