The USAID Mission in Armenia awarded ME&A the Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) Project in September 2015. This four-year program supports sustainable water resource management and sustainable practices of water users at the core of the water-energy nexus through the use of science, technology, innovation and partnerships approaches in Armenia. The goal is to reduce the rate of groundwater extraction in Armenia’s Ararat Valley to sustainable levels.
Under ASPIRED, ME&A also collaborates with the USAID/Global Development LAB/Center for Data, Analysis and Research (DAR), the US Geological Survey and other relevant institutions to pilot innovative technologies for water conservation and fish farms; establish transformational partnerships; and promote evidence- and science-based water resource monitoring, planning and management. ME&A also collaborates with the private sector, academia and other donors to leverage their resources and expertise in Armenian water and energy sector.
The ASPIRED project builds on the success of the Clean Energy and Water Program (CEWP), which ME&A implemented for USAID/Armenia from the fall of 2011 to its completion in September 2015.
USAID/Armenia awarded ASPIRED to ME&A under the Water and Development IDIQ (WADI) to provide USAID’s E3 Bureau with services and technical support to assist USAID’s Missions, Bureaus and Offices worldwide in the implementation of the Agency’s Water and Development Strategy.