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Viva-MTS: Borderland villages of Tavush region are in the spotlight of the partner organizations

More streets will get illuminated in Nerqin Karmiraghbyur village. The efforts of the partner organizations to support the borderland village have already launched. With the support of Viva-MTS, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets has already started the second stage of introducing the energy-efficient lighting system in the village. The works were postponed for a while due to the unstable situation on the frontline, but luckily the project has already been restarted.

A resourceful solution found in the village will solve the problem of thirty years. Due to the shortage of financial means, the problem was resolved partially to the possible degree. In order to be ready for the unpredictable behavior of the enemy, the dimmed lights were attached to old wooden pillars in the territory of the village. The villagers repurposed plastic bottles to protect the lights from rain. The old lighting system has been tossed since the LED energy-efficient system has been put in place.

“When I first saw you in a video trying to fix the illumination light with your own means, I felt we have to respond immediately. I am happy to see the problem is now solved. Those who live in borderland villages have to be sure they are not alone. Stay strong, cultivate your land, and always hope for the best. We are by your side,” Viva-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian said in a video call.

In 2019 the partner organizations installed 48 LED lights in Nerqin Karmiraghbyur, which illuminated around 1800 m of main streets of the village. Now 1200m-long-streets are in the process of illumination with the 32 LED lights. The head of the settlement’s administration mentions the advantages of the new energy-efficient system.

“People used to stay at home after 19:00 before the system was installed, but the picture has now changed. We are excited. Life in the village continues even after the midnight. People are less concerned, the village stands strong the enemy sees a village filled with light,” said Leon Arakelyan, the head of the local administration.

By the end of the year Viva-MTS and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets will continue the project aimed at solving the lighting problem in the villages of Armenia. LED bulbs are the best in terms of savings, environmental efficiency and light quality.

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 interest 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) and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (Information Security Management System). For more information visit www.mts.am

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 86.8 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Armenia and Belarus. Since July 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

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), VivaCell-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 Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since Y2012. FPWC’s mission is to publicize the unique natural heritage of Armenia and the importance of biodiversity conservation, 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 conservation, environmental education, community development and public awareness are the main directions of our activities.

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