CENN Daily Digest – July 15, 2004

CENN – Daily Digest July 15, 2004
Table of Contents:
1. In Search of Black Sea Oil
2. Information regarding the IMF / World Bank Annual Meetings
3. CIP Improved School Project Contract Awarded
4. ArcGIS Extensions Workshop – Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst for
Environmental Applications in Seattle, WA Sept. 1 – 2, 2004
5. Various Openings at NACRES
6. ATP 10th Anniversary Celebrated with a Concert at Garni Temple
7. Armenia sees growth in tourism
8. Armenia gets 23m dollars from World Bank to improve water supplies

1. In Search of Black Sea Oil

Source: The Georgian Messenger, July 15, 2004

The Company Anadarco continues the search for oil in Georgian territorial
waters in the Black Sea. According to the Company, the new exploratory
program is expected to last for three years and is targeted at estimating
oil reserves in the sea.

At a presentation conducted on July 12, 2004 the company authorities stated
that according to their estimates, there should be significant reserves of
oil and gas in Georgian territorial waters, particularly in the Adjara zone,
although they were not yet ready to give precise figures.

According to an agreement with the Georgian government, the company has
rights to conduct exploration works in Georgian territorial waters in
Abkhazia and Adjara. However, so far no works has been carried out in
Abkhazian territory.

Anadarco, which is a daughter company of Anadarco Petroleum Corporation, has
been active in Georgia since June 2000, and is working in partnership with
the Georgian state enterprise Saknavtobi.

Until now, Anadarco was carrying out two dimension explorations in the area.
Now it plans to carry out three-dimensional explorations, which will give
more precise information. The explorations are being conducted in the open
sea forty km northwest of Batumi.

Anadarco’s findings will be eagerly awaited by other companies operating in
the Black Sea. Georgian territorial waters are divided into ten blocks:
Anadarco is active in the 2a, 2b and 3 blocks, while other companies, such
as Ioris, Veli, Runko, Fronters Ninotsminda are operating in different

Analysts believe it possible that Anadarco will complete its exploration
works within three years and then start drilling. Anadarco is currently
looking for a partner, as drilling is very expensive: one well is estimated
to cost USD 50-60 million.

As for the Georgian share of the venture, the figures have not been revealed
yet but it is believed that Georgia’s share in the profits would initially
be slim, but would increase as work enters a more advanced stage.

Meanwhile, Saknavtobi – the state organization responsible for over seeing
the administration of oil exploration – is still searching for a General
Director. Out of the 82 applications in the open competition, twelve have
been short listed. the name of the new General Director will be publicly
announced on July 20, 2004.

2. Information regarding the IMF / World Bank Annual Meetings

Dear Civil Society Colleagues:

This is to update you on relevant information related to the accreditation
process and civil society dialogues during the upcoming Annual Meetings of
the IMF and the World Bank that will take place in Washington, DC on October
4-5, 2004. You can also find this information at the World Bank’s website
for CSOs at:

You can now apply online for accreditation to attend the 2004 Annual
Meetings and related events. To do so, please go to:
Once you submit your
request for accreditation, you will receive an instant email reply
confirming the receipt of your request, and advising you how to check on the
status of your application while it is being processed. As you might know,
all requests for visitors, including civil society, are subject to
clearance. Your request will be cleared by the Executive Director of the
country from which your request originates.

If you are unable to submit this request on-line, please fax your written
request, on your institution’s letterhead paper, to the Special Guests and
Visitors Office at: (1-202) 522-7408. Your request should include your full
name, title, complete mailing address and telephone/facsimile numbers, and
an e-mail address if possible.

We strongly encourage you to apply for accreditation as soon as possible.
Many of you will need a visa to enter the United States and that could take
a long time to obtain. Please initiate the visa process as soon as possible.
If the US authorities in your country request a confirmation letter or fax
in order to get your visa, please contact:

Special Guests and Visitors Office, World Bank
Telephone: (1-202) 458-0264
Facsimile: (1-202) 522-7408

After you’ve completed the online registration and have received the email
receipt they will be able to issue such letter/fax for you.

The deadline for accreditation is September 3, 2004. NO REQUESTS WILL BE


Please note that as of this year, the NGO/PRESS badge will be discontinued.
We will provide the accredited CSOs with a meeting space close to the press
room in the IMF building for meetings with journalists, CSO press
conferences etc. The room will be equipped with work stations and a live
feed from the press conference room. We will also distribute in that room
all communiqués and other press releases as soon as they become public and
available to journalists. Also, a number of seats in the press conference
room will be reserved for CSOs, who will be accommodated on a first-come,
first-serve basis. We will do our best to facilitate your contacts with the
press covering the Annual Meetings.


In an effort to address the major development challenges and in response to
requests coming from civil society, a number of Policy Dialogue Sessions for
interested CSO representatives will be organized before and during the 2004
Annual Meetings, between Wednesday, September 29 and Wednesday, October 6.
We welcome any suggestions and ideas of topics of these discussions. You can
submit your comments to: [email protected] for World Bank or:
[email protected] for IMF meetings. Details of these dialogues will be made
available at: closer to the date.

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Washington !

World Bank and IMF Civil Society Teams

Civil Society Team
The World Bank
Phone: (1-202) 473-1840

3. CIP Improved School Project Contract Awarded
Press Release

Source: The Georgian Messenger, July 14, 2004

BP, as the operator of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil export pipeline and
South Caucasus (SCP) gas pipeline projects, is pleased to announce the
launch of the USD 2.4 mln CIP — Improved School Project in Georgia (ISP).

Improved School Project is an extension of the Community Investment Program
(CIP), implementation of which started a year ago, in March 2003. The aim of
CIP is to deliver tangible benefits to the communities along the pipeline
route by promoting sustainable social and economic development, focusing on
the projects relating to infrastructure repair/rehabilitation, agricultural
improvements, sustainable income generation through micro credit and
community capacity building. CIP has focused on the villages within the 2 km
corridor on either side of the pipeline.

Based on the consultations with various NGOs, government, local communities,
and with the aim to spread the CIP benefits to the towns along the pipeline
route, BP and its partners in the BTC and SCP projects have decided to
implement the CIP — Improved School Project in the towns along the pipeline
in addition to the current CIP activities.

The aim of the CIP -ISP is to promote sustainable socio-economic development
of urban areas along the pipeline route by preparing adolescent to
participate more effectively in Georgia’s future social and economic growth.

CIP — Improved School Project provides an opportunity to invest in both
physical infrastructure rehabilitation and capacity building for teachers,
administrators, partners and students of secondary schools, thus also
supporting the Government of Georgia’s Education System Realignment and
Strengthening Program.

Key outputs of the CIP -ISP project will include:

Infrastructure rehabilitation in over 50 secondary schools in the towns of
Gardabani, Marneuli, Rustavi, Tetristkaro, Bakuriani and Akhaltsikhe,
benefiting over 28,000 students and 2,000 teachers;
Over 275 teachers and administrators will be trained in specialized teaching
or management techniques;
Parents, teachers, administrators and students will be prepared for the
national wide move to the Schools Board model of school management.

As a pilot project, which if successfully, may be replicated in other towns
in the future, one school in Tsalka, Bakuriani and Akhaltsikhe will be
selected for installation of a computer lab powered by solar panels. This
will enable students in those schools to improve the skills that will better
prepare them to find employment in the future.

The CIP-ISP is being carried out by the two lead CIP implementing NGOs –
Care International and Mercy Corps, in cooperation with Technical Assistance
in Georgia as a local partner.

CIP-ISP is yet another example of how expansion related to the
implementation of the two major oil and gas pipeline projects in the
region – BTC and SCP – has resulted in significant investment by the BTC and
SCP partner groups to benefit the countries through which these projects

The CIP-ISP demonstrates strong commitment of the BTC and SCP projects to
being good neighbors, and will deliver real and tangible benefits to the
towns along the SCP and BTC Pipeline route.

4. ArcGIS Extensions Workshop – Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst
for Environmental Applications in Seattle, WA Sept. 1 – 2, 2004

ArcGIS Extensions Workshop – Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst for
Environmental Applications
Course ID: GIS-404
September 1 – 2, 2004, 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. (2 Days)
Allied Business Systems, Main Computer Lab
10604 N.E. 38th Place, Suite 118
Kirkland, Washington
(15 minutes east of downtown Seattle)

Instructors: Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, M.S.; and Jeffrey Berry
This 2-day hands on course builds upon GIS-403 and will cover the
environmental applications of Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst extensions of
ESRI’s ArcGIS software. Each participant will have their own computer
workstation to create, edit, display and analyze real world environmental
data during numerous hands on exercises. Participants will be led through
exercises that simulate environmental issues (i.e., suitability, distance,
hydrologic, and surface modeling). The course topics will be covered while
working on the exercises.

Course Topics

Introduction to Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst Extensions
Modeling Surface and
Subsurface Features
Converting Features to Rasters
Draping 2D Data on 3D
Creating Continuous Surfaces from Point Features
Calculating Surface Area
and Volume from a TIN
Deriving Contours, Slope, View-sheds, Aspect, and Hill
Shade from Surfaces
Hands-on Exercises Using
Performing Map Algebra on Rasters
– Terrain Analysis
Carrying out Discrete Cell-by-Cell Analysis
– Watershed Pollution
Performing Grid Classification and Display
– Flood Mapping
Building Surface Models (TIN)
– Site Suitability Analysis

Each day the course begins at 8:30 A.M. and ends at 5:00 P.M.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

Convert features into raster files
Create continuous surfaces from point features
Perform spatial analysis on surface features
Conduct map algebra operations on rasters
Perform discrete cell-by-cell analysis
Classify Grids and Displays
Build 2D and 3D surface models

Intended Audience: This hands on course is intended for environmental
scientist, engineers, and graphics professionals involved with the
collection, interpretation, and presentation of spatially related data.

About the Instructors:

Jeffrey Berry has been using GIS on a variety of projects across the country
for more than 10 years. He is a certified GIS instructor and frequently
teaches GIS workshops. Mr. Berry currently serves as Senior GIS Analyst with
Erlandsen & Associates. Shawn Blaesing-Thompson is currently serving as a
cartographer and GIS trainer for Washington Department of
Transportation. She has been teaching GIS workshops to WSDOT staff
throughout Washington.

Prerequisites: Previous ArcView 8 or ArcGIS 9 experience and/or completion
of GIS-403 or equivalent is recommended.

Registration: $495/$395* Discount applies to government; Native American
Tribes; nonprofits; students; teachers; and NEBC, NAEP, and NWAEP members.

Credit: 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Register Online


Download Registration and Information Packet (includes hotel info,
directions, and registration form for printing)

To request further information, call us at (206) 762-1976 or send us email.

Erick McWayne
Northwest Environmental Training Center
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit program of the Northwest Environmental Education
4742 – 42nd Avenue SW, PMB 322
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone 206-762-1976
Fax 206-762-1979

5. Various Openings at NACRES

Noah’s Ark Center for the Recovery of Endangered Species (
<; ) a non-governmental and non-profit organization
was founded in 1989 to research and safeguard biodiversity, especially
endangered species in Georgia and the South Caucasus and to promote public
awareness in the field of environmental protection.

NACRES announces vacancies for the following positions:

POSITION 1: Community mobilization and public relations coordinator
POSITION 2: GIS specialist
POSITION 3: Assistant to the Executive Director
POSITION 4: Logistician

Applications described below should be submitted in English only and should
be sent either by fax or e-mail to: Mr. Kakha Artsivadze, Executive
Director, NACRES Fax: 53-71-24 E-mail: [email protected]
mailto:[email protected]

NB: When sending application by e-mail, please do not forget to write in
Subject line: Application for [and indicate which position you are applying
for]; Otherwise your application might not reach the relevant staff within

Each applicant is eligible to apply for one position only, however selection
panel might suggest a prospective applicant other position should the panel
consider applicant’s qualification more relevant to other vacancy.

1. Hand delivered applications will not be accepted !!
2. To keep the selection process fare NACRES staff will not
respond to any inquiry phone calls, e-mail or fax messages!! All necessary
information on NACRES can be found at NACRES website:




Duties and Responsibilities:

Relationships with NGO sector, local communities and other stakeholders in
the regions of Georgia
Close coordination with NACRES partner NGOs in the regions of Georgia and
also in Armenia and Azerbaijan
Coordination of public awareness activities and trainings (does not mean
facilitation of trainings in other fields rather then community mobilization
and public relations)
Relationships with local, central and international mass media
Preparation of different publications including texts for NACRES website
upgrades and annual reports

Qualifications and key competencies:

Excellent competency of spoken and written Georgian, English and Russian
Good knowledge of environmental issues
At least one year of working experience in public relations and community
Excellent communications and team working skills
Good computing (basically MS Office and internet) skills
Good project management skills and job delegation abilities

Proposed initial salary: GEL 630 (net) per month. NB: Please note that this
is one of the key positions at NACRES and the proposed salary will at least
double (may even gradually triple) during 9-12 months after employment if
the selected person excellently performs requested abilities and
successfully accomplishes tasks set by the organization.

A successful applicant will receive extensive training in specific fields
(e.g. biodiversity conservation) if needed and s/he will be required to pass
through an initial three-month in-depth evaluation period.

Important Notice: Interviews with prospective applicants will be in
Georgian, English and Russian

Interested candidates must submit application consisting of the following
documents only:

filled attached Personal History Form (in Adobe Acrobat format)
a letter of motivation in English, not exceeding one A4 format page printed
in Times New Roman, Font Size 12, Spacing 1
at least one letter of recommendation indicating work experience in the


Duties and Responsibilities:

Analysis of aerial photos and satellite images
Development of GIS databases
Development of different thematic maps
Other relevant tasks in the GIS sphere

Qualifications and key competencies:

Minimum 1 year working experience in related field
Excellent computer skills: ArcGIS 8.x (strongly desirable) or other ESRI
Good English
Academic Background (desirable but nor essential): natural sciences
(biology, geology, geography or any environmental science)

Proposed salary: GEL 630 (net) per month with potential growth after six

A successful applicant will be required to pass through an initial
three-month probationary period.

Important Notice: Interviews with prospective applicants will be in English

Interested candidates must submit application consisting of the following
documents only:

filled attached Personal History Form (in Adobe Acrobat format)
at least one letter of recommendation indicating work experience in the


Duties and Responsibilities:

Support the Executive Director in ongoing activities including projects
Translation of current documentation from English into Georgian and vice
Management of correspondence
Maintenance of administrative and personnel filing systems
Preparation of reports for donors and the Executive Director
Perform of occasional office needs assessments for purchasing goods

Qualifications and key competencies:

Good knowledge of spoken and written Georgian, English and Russian is
Desired (but not essential) background: natural sciences (biology, geology,
geography or any environmental science) or at least two years of work
experience in an environmental organization
Good computing skills

Proposed salary: GEL 439 (net) per month with potential growth after six

A successful applicant will be required to pass through an initial
three-month probationary period.

Important Notice: Interviews with prospective applicants will be in English
and Russian

Interested candidates must submit application consisting of the following
documents only:

– filled attached Personal History Form (in Adobe Acrobat format)

– at least one letter of recommendation indicating work experience
in the related field


Duties and Responsibilities:

– Assistance in procurement
– Maintaining of the organization’s vehicles in good working
– Assistance NACRES staff in travel throughout Georgia and the South
Caucasus countries
– Coordination of travel and accommodation of foreign visitors
– Assistance in organization and management of fieldworks throughout
the country
– Management and inventory of property of the organization


– Basic English (Desirable)
– Good computer skills-MS Office (Required)
– Driving license and owning of a vehicle (Required; NB: maintenance
of personal vehicle and fuel to be supplied by the organization)
– Experience in similar job (Desirable)

Proposed salary: GEL 439 (net) per month with potential growth after six

A successful applicant will be required to pass through an initial
three-month probationary period.

Important Notice: Interviews with prospective applicants will be mainly in
Georgian, but some basic communication will also be in English

Interested candidates must submit application consisting of two documents

– filled attached Personal History Form (in Adobe Acrobat format)
– at least one letter of recommendation indicating work experience
in the related field

6. ATP 10th Anniversary Celebrated with a Concert at Garni Temple
July 13, 2004

Armenia Tree Project
65 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-926-8733
Email: [email protected]

Armenia Tree Project’s 10th Anniversary Celebrated with a Concert at Garni
Temple in Armenia

YEREVAN (ArmeniaNow, combined sources)-Beneath a full moon over an ancient
temple, the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia filled Garni with music on
July 2.

Maestro Aram Gharabekyan waved his orchestra into motion at 10pm, with
“Dance of Rosy Girls,” from Aram Khachaturian’s ballet “Gayane,” just as the
moon made its way into view over the 1st century BC temple.

Yellow lighting filled the inside of the temple, while purple, blue, and
green lights successively highlighted its columns. It is the first time such
a spectacle has been held in the gorge, one of Armenia’s most popular
tourist destinations.

Seating was provided for 600, but about 100 others stood for the two-hour
performance. The audience was a mix of dignitaries, citizens, and diasporan
Armenians who received special invitations to the event.

“It is the most extraordinary concert I have ever seen,” said Heghine
Zurabyan, 45, who lives in Garni. “I dream that my children will have many
opportunities to hear such concerts.”

The orchestra was accompanied by soprano Gayane Grigoryan and soprano Nune
Badalyan, who received a standing ovation for her performance of the last
aria of the opera “Anush.”

Gharabekyan praised the work of the Tree Project, which over the past decade
has planted 531,000 trees in 500 locations throughout Armenia.

“The orchestra is honored to have a role in the protection and
revitalization of our environment through music,” Gharabekyan was quoted as
saying. “Let’s place our hands together across Armenia and across the world
so that we can replant, replenish, and rebuild a new vision for the future.”

“It was just a breathtaking, stunning scene to listen to this music in front
of this amazing temple,” said Glenn Surabian, of Boston, who is in Armenia
to work on a USAID-sponsored program. “These beautiful trees were lit up. I
think it was just a wonderful celebration for the Tree Project.”

The orchestra produced a similar event last year in Shushi, at the College
of Applied Arts and Sciences that was destroyed. The concert aimed to
promote awareness of the college’s reconstruction, just as the Garni concert
publicized the Tree Project’s reforesting efforts throughout Armenia.

“One of the objectives of the orchestra has always been to play a part, not
only in the cultural life of our society, but to make a meaningful
contribution to the causes that impact our lives as citizens,” read a
statement by the orchestra about the performance.

“Therefore, this evening’s concert is not incidental, but a commitment whose
roots can be traced to Shushi. Let’s all ensure that we build a new
society – one which places importance on ecology and the environment and one
which our children will be proud to inherit,” the statement concluded.

Orchestra director Armen Arabyan said the Garni concert was a logistical
challenge. He also said they spent about $20,000 to organize the concert and
that the orchestra hopes to produce such events annually.

The performance was filmed and will be produced as a DVD and recorded for
release on CD.

The ATP is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 during
Armenia’s darkest and coldest years with the vision of safeguarding
Armenia’s future by protecting its environment. Funded by contributions from
Diasporan Armenians, the ATP has planted and rejuvenated 531,000 trees at
more than 400 sites ranging from Gyumri to Goris.

7. Armenia sees growth in tourism

Source: ArmenPress, July 13, 2004

Arthur Zakarian, the head of the trade and economic development ministry
department for tourism, stated that the geography of foreign tourists
visiting Armenia is expanding and visitors from EU countries are set to
exceed those coming form ex-Soviet republics.

According to him, this is the indication that Armenia is becoming gradually
a tourist attraction for Europeans. “Armenian tourists industry sees annual
growth and potentially has all prospects for becoming one of the largest
sector of the Armenian economy,” he said. He said the number of foreign
travelers visiting Armenia raised by 12 percent to approximately 33,000 in
the first quarter of this year.

8. Armenia gets 23m dollars from World Bank to
improve water supplies

Source: Arminfo, July 9, 2004

Armvodokanal [Armenian water canal] and the World Bank have signed a credit
programme to the tune of 23m dollars for 40 years to restore Armenia’s
system of water supplies, the head of the Armenian State Committee for Water
Resources, Andranik Andreasyan, told reporters at a press conference.

The programme aims to choose a new operator in the system of water supplies.
The French company [Water Utility] Saur was chosen as a new operator in a
tender. The State Committee for Water Resources is planning to submit the
package of the credit programme during the autumn session of the Armenian
National Assembly.

Moreover, two programmes of the German KfW bank to the tune of 94m euros are
being prepared for the Armenian water supplies company Nor Akunk that
operates in Armavir Region. For the implementation of the first programme,
which envisages restoration work in Armavir Region, the German government
will allocate a 14m-euro credit. The second programme, designed for
restoration work in the country’s Lori and Shirak Regions, will be carried
out stage-by-stage. The overall funding of the programme is 80m euros, and
25m euros will be channelled into the implementation of the first stage.

Mr. Andreasyan said that due to the need for massive work in these areas,
the government of Germany has decided to allocate one third of the 25 euros
(about 8m dollars) as a grant.’

The security problem in all operating reservoirs will be resolved with the
World Bank’s new credit programme amounting to 7.5m dollars, the head of the
Armenian State Committee for Water Resources, Andranik Andreasyan, told
reporters at the press conference today.

The programme will be a continuation of the already implemented World Bank
programme to maintain security in strategic reservoirs, he said. Andreasyan
also said that a programme of developing irrigation systems is being
prepared at the moment. He said that for the time being, 54 leading
organizations are operating in the country’s irrigation system, whereas only
one big company Dzhirar is engaged in water supplies.

New tariffs have been established for services in the irrigation system at
present, Mr. Andreasyan said. Thus, one cubic metre of irrigation water in
Yerevan is 90 drams and 100 drams outside the capital. The difference in
tariffs is explained by the fact that 45 pumping stations, which consume
great amounts of energy, are operating in rural areas.

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