Green Yerevan:
local community engagement
for Yerevan re-vegetation

"About 11% of Yerevan's population is at high risk of heat-related diseases due to unequal access to green public spaces, a deficit of greenery, and extensive urbanization"

what we plan to do

our objectives

Provide every citizen with green public space within walking distance of 300m
The European Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum distance of 300 meters to the nearest green space (of at least 1 hectare)
Increase the green surfaces for each district up to 30%
Many of the most ambitious cities in the world have set a target of achieving 30% canopy cover. At the neighborhood level, 30% should be a minimum, and cities should strive for even higher canopy cover when possible
Provide greenery for every citizen in every district with at least 9m2
Once the unofficial recommendations of the WHO have been met, it may be possible to increase this number

why do we do this

We recognize the urgency of the issue, and significant work has already been undertaken by various organisations to address it. However, the magnitude of the problem necessitates the coordination of different actors and initiatives to accelerate progress.

As an independent institution, PIF aims to establish a platform for stakeholder cooperation and facilitate communication to achieve synergy of the efforts.

project progress

    Yerevan maps and insights
    In our work, we hold World Health Organization recommendations and targets set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 SDGs as core operational standards
    Map 1: Yerevan greenery (NDVI)
    Only 28% of Yerevan's territory covered green. The 10 most green European cities covered green by 48-77%. The average green infrastructure in European cities made up 42% of the city area.
    Map 2: public spaces in Yerevan
    82% of the Yerevan population has limited access to green public spaces. In Europe, this indicator reaches 56% with an average of 18.2m2 of publicly accessible green space per inhabitant. In comparison, Yerevan only has 10m2 of green public spaces per capita.
    Map 3: urban heat islands in Yerevan
    Over 4°C on average, the city's land surface temperature exceeds its surroundings. While some city districts are overheated by 1.2°C, others experience temperatures 7.7°C higher than their surroundings.
    Map 4: heat-related health vulnerability. elderlies
    36% of the population above 75 primarily in Erebuni, Ajapnyak, Nubarashen, and Shengavit districts are most at risk for health issues related to the UHI effect.
    Map 5: heat-related health vulnerability. kids
    35% of children under 4 y.o. primarily in Erebuni, Ajapnyak, Nubarashen, and Shengavit districts are most at risk for health issues related to the UHI effect.

    why is it important

    Extreme heat puts citizens' health at risk. Single heat wave events can last weeks, occur consecutively, and result in significant excess mortality. Heat also causes significant infrastructural and economic challenges. The high summer heat temperatures have become a usual occurrence in Armenia.

    economic benefits of UHI mitigation measures:

    For example, a study in Austria suggests savings in 50 years horizon for Mödling
    mortality savings
    €398 million on mortality
    morbidity savings
    €1.429 million on morbidity reduction
    productivity savings
    €15.3 million on work productivity reduction
    cooling savings
    €3.9 million on cooling savings


    Let’s unite for a greener city.

    Got a spot that needs more greenery? Drop a pin on the map and tell us why.

    Your input and our data are the drivers for change. We can't make every idea happen, but the more ideas we get, the clearer our vision becomes.

    Interactive map is coming soon.

    If you own old images of Yerevan's lush green past, share them with #greenyerevan, the year and the location on social media to create a digital exhibition. Let's shape the future, one contribution at a time.

    Photo: EtoRetro

    do you want to know more?

    • Over 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and this is set to rise to 68% by 2050.
    • Almost 40% of urban dwellers have no access to safely managed sanitation services and many lack access to adequate drinking water.
    • An estimated 91% of people in urban areas breathe polluted air.
    • Increased Energy Consumption
    • Elevated Emissions of Air Pollutants and Greenhouse Gases
    • Compromised Human Health and Comfort
    • Impaired Water Quality
    • Provisioning
    • Regulating
    • Cultural
    • Supporting
    It is known that scientifically grounded urban greening assures ecological tolerance, longevity, and functional use of green plantations.

    It is the most productive and cost-effective method of urban environment quality management.