An important result was recorded this year in the village of Vanevan, which has never had street lights. The village already has a modern, energy-efficient LED system for outdoor lighting. The works that started in the fall of 2022 were completed before the New Year. In this border village of Gegharkunik region, about 1600 meters of road was lit. In particular – several central and secondary streets of the village. The cooperation between Viva-MTS and the Foundation for Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) is based on the development of infrastructure in remote and border villages and the investment of energy-saving systems that provide long-term results and ease the worries of residents. Another one of them was launched in Vanevan.
The village of Vanevan has never had outdoor lighting, and the residents have felt the consequences of its lack, especially when moving around in the conditions of border tension. The joint project of Viva-MTS and the Foundation for Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) was one of the first to be implemented in this village.
“In this fast-developing world, where new technologies appear daily, walking down illuminated streets is not supposed to be something to dream about. The launching of this cost-effective, energy-saving and environmentally friendly system is a major help to communities. This is a project with long-lasting effect. It gives a step-by-step solution to large-scale problems, shorten the existing growth gap between the capital and the regions, save community budget and, what’s more, to some of the safety issues that people in borderland villages face”, – Viva-MTS General Director Armen Avetisian said.
For the residents of Vanevan, because of the tense situation on the border between September 12 and 13 last year, street lighting became a primary necessity. People did not have the basic ability to take care of the safety of their families to move to a safer place during night hours. They had to try to use the flashlights of their mobile phones but it was not providing enough visibility. The introduction of the modern external lighting system partially solved the existing problem.
The implementation of energy-saving, modern outdoor lighting systems, which is implemented within the framework of the “Ecovillage Network” project, is effective from the point of view of saving environmental and community funds. As a result of the project, the budgetary costs of the community are significantly reduced, there are savings, which are directed to the solution of other problems.
In 2022, Viva-MTS invested more than AMD 120 million for the development of infrastructure in different communities of Armenia.
Eco villages network includes selected intentional or traditional communities throughout Armenia, that are consciously designed through locally owned, participatory processes to regenerate their social, cultural, economic and natural environments.
The core idea behind the whole concept of the ecovillages is integrating the four dimensions of sustainability – ecological, economic, cultural and social – through integral, participatory design. The project is a new format of the long-term cooperation between the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), Viva-MTS and the Global Ecovillages Network (GEN) in the field of environmental protection and sustainable use of natural resources.
The Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) was founded in Y2002. FPWC is a member organization of the International Union for the Preservation of Nature (IUCN) since Y2012. FPWC’s mission is to publicize the unique natural heritage of Armenia and the importance of biodiversity Preservation, environmental issues and the importance of preserving nature. We aim to reduce human and wildlife conflict and its consequences to reduce the risks of endangered species of flora and fauna. Biodiversity Preservation, environmental education, community development and public awareness are the main directions of our activities.
Viva-MTS (MTS Armenia CJSC) is Armenia’s leading telecommunications operator, having the widest network reach and spreading a wide range of Voice and Data services all across Armenia. Having the best of the Armenian people at heart since its launch on 1st July 2005 and in a short period of time Viva-MTS has managed to build a nationwide network and a considerable customer base. Viva-MTS drives innovation and aims at always being at the forefront of any development serving the Armenian mobile communications market. The company follows the guidance provided by ISO 26000 (International Standard of Social Responsibility), ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (Information Security Management System) and ISO 37001 (International anti-bribery management systems standard).
Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS”) is the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of the world’s fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group services over 86.5 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Armenia and Belarus. Since June Y2000, MTS’ Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about the MTS Group can be found at: www.mtsgsm.com