“THIRD NATURE” NGO
Information about organization: history, main
activities, management structures, etc.
The Constituent assembly of the “Third nature” non-governmental
organization has taken place on January 20, 2000. The state registration
was received on February 10, 2000, by order of number 295 of the
Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia. Number of the registration
The “Third nature” NGO has carried out activity which has as a result
made considerable impact on introduction of transformations of sphere
of management of multi-apartment buildings, on introduction and
development of new management bodies of multi-apartment buildings
- associations of housing owners – “condominiums”. The organization
has got popularity and has recognition in republic, as one of the
most productive organizations operating in housing sphere, and in
sphere of technical assistance to management of multi-apartment
The organization had a significant role in introduction of transformations
of housing sphere in Shirak region of Armenia. As a result of organization’s
activity, in 81 % of multi-apartment buildings of the city of Gyumri
associations of apartment owners were established. All condominiums
operating in Shirak region use training and consulting services
of the organization. Organization activity promoted a raising, expression
and the decision of housing-and-utility problems of the population
of multi-apartment buildings by means of increase of civil participation
and development of condominiums.
Organization mission: “Third nature”
is a non-governmental, noncommercial organization aimed on improvement
of artificially made systems like settlements, districts, buildings,
internal living areas, utility services (in short - 3rd nature)
by implementation of specific projects as well by increasing of
population participation and development of management and maintenance
of these systems.
The organization’s activity pursues following
• To promote formation and development of associations of housing
• To promote increase in civil participation of the population in
managerial processes of multi-apartment buildings and in the housing
• To promote transformations of a housing policy and the legislation
of sphere of management of multi-apartment buildings.
The main activities:
• The organization has carried out wide activity on deepening of
reforms of housing sphere, the various undertakings directed on
transformations policies and the legislation of housing sphere.
Activity on transformations of the legislation of housing sphere,
promoted, in particular, to acceptance by Parliament of Republic
Armenia of the new law “About granting of privileges within the
limits of the complex project on restoration of a zone of disaster
of regions Shirak and Lori” to 8.12.04 year.
• The organization has carried out training and advisory services
in capacity development of condominiums and owners of apartments
- training courses, seminars, the publication and distribution of
packages of teaching materials.
• Wide propagation on increase of knowledge of the population, campaign
for means of mass information was carried out. The organization,
has carried out: the publication and distribution of own newspaper
– “Our condominium”; information brochures; information leaflets;
preparation of websites; numerous articles on a local and republican
press; preparation and display of information video clips; interviews;
information meetings with inhabitants of multi-apartment buildings;
distribution of the legislative; methodical and the normative literature.
1.“Model of technical assistance to condominiums by an example
of the Gyumri Yerevanian 155 Condominium”, Yerevan, 2004 >>>>
2. “A breakthrough in the development of the multi-unit housing
stock management activities”, Yerevan, 2005 >>>>
• The organization, in 2006 has carried out works on formation of
coalition of condominiums, operating in Shirak region of Armenia.
As a result, 11 condominiums from 3 cities of region have created
• Researches, editions and distributions of results of researches.
The goal of these researches is to promote the participation of
owners of the apartments in the multi-apartment buildings management
procedures; to create and provide a system of further approaches
on some directions of local policy; to conduct civic control over
the common property maintenance mandatory norms; to promote the
development of the essential structures of the sphere; to promote
the self-governance and independence of the condominiums; to promote
the lawful protection of the interests of the inhabitants of the
multi-apartment buildings and the unions of the owners of the apartments;
to assist in the further survey procedures in the sphere and the
issues on development projects.
• The organization has carried out wide activity on protection of
lawful interests’ of condominiums and the population of multi-apartment
buildings. Round tables-discussions with participation of the authorities,
tax service, structures providing utilities and condominiums are
• Since 2005, the organization has based a revolving fund with which
help were carried out 7 projects directed on development of condominiums
of Shirak region.
• The organization within 10 years of the activity has prepared
about 160 young experts of sphere of management of the housing some
of which are members of the organization. Almost all prepared young
experts are now chairmen, managers or accountants of management
bodies of multi-apartment buildings in different cities of Armenia
and continue to cooperate with the organization.
• Researches of processes of reforms of housing sphere in the Post-Soviet,
East Europe countries and in the countries of the Western Europe
were carried out. In 2007 the representatives of the organization
has participated a training course “Management and Maintenance of
High-Rise Multi-family Residential Buildings in Countries in Transition”.
The training was organized by the Institute for Housing and Urban
Development Studies, Rotterdam, and sponsored by the Ministry of
Housing, Spatial Planning and The Environment, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Structures of management of the organization:
The structure of management of the organization, according to the
organization Statute, is characterized by the following scheme,
where at the left-to the right is listed management structures of
the organization from the higher to the lowest: organization General
meeting - Operating council of the organization - the Chairman of
the organization - the Executive director of the organization. The
control over management is carried out by control committee, members
who cannot simultaneously be members of management structures of
Organization membership is based on voluntary principles, on professional
conformity, and also on creative and professional qualities.
The published sketches and the operating
websites about history and about organization activity:
• Sketch: “Forming Alliances for Better Living – One Building at
a Time” on the “Success stories” of the USAID;
• Sketch under the name - “ARMENIA: Forming Alliances for Better
Living – One Building at a Time” of the Fund “Eurasia”;
• The website: www.3nature.am;
• Report: “The activities of the NGO “Third Nature” in the multi-apartment
buildings management sphere during the period of 2000-2007” in the
brochure “Multi-Apartment Buildings Management Sphere: Civic Participation”,
pages 13-85, Yerevan, 2007.
Contact person: Rafayel Mkhitaryan
Telephone: (+374 94) 53 58 59
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org