Press Event in the Frames of the EU Funded Forest Transformation Project

Posted on 17 December 2013  | 
On December 2, 2013 a press conference was organized for the EU funded project “Increasing the Resilience of Forest Ecosystems against Climate Change in the Southern Caucasus through Forest Transformation”. The event was organized by the Publicis Hepta Armenia according to the request by EU Delegation to Armenia.

The media coverage included TV channels - ArmNews and Lime TVs as well as digital media sources – (Noyan Tapan),,,,,, also sharing in YouTube.

The speakers were John Barker from the EU Delegation to Armenia, Matthias Lichtenberger from WWF Germany, Siranush Galstyan from WWF Armenia and Ruben Petrosyan from “Hayantar” SNCO.

The event was opened by John Barker, the International Aid/Cooperation officer from the EU Delegation to Armenia, who in his speech mentioned, “The climate change mitigation projects funded by the EU in Armenia are regional projects. The forest transformation project is one of more than 10 climate change mitigation projects funded by the EU. Forests play a significant role in mitigating climate change if properly managed. That is why the forest transformation project was selected for detailed presentation.”

As it was mentioned by Matthias Lichtenberger, Caucasus Programme Officer, “WWF Germany has been supporting conservation works in Armenia for about 10 years. The forest sector is one of the important pillars in our strategy of works in the Caucasus. The EU funded forest transformation project builds on our previous experience of forest projects implementation. This project is about introducing and testing advanced sylvicultural methodologies with the project pilot sites for demonstration. This project is about testing and learning so that later on to apply the methodologies in other sites in Armenia. The project addresses also the issue of ecosystem services; the pilot site adjacent communities will have healthy and more diverse forests in future, the forest will have recreational significance as well ensure clean water and air and prevent erosion.”

The National Project Coordinator from WWF Armenia Siranush Galstyan made detailed presentation with photos regarding the project implementation in Armenia, including the progress registered so far and planned activities.

Ruben Petrosyan, the Chief Forester of “Hayantar” SNCO under the Ministry of Agriculture, said, “The “Hayantar” SNCO has been working with WWF since 2009. The project is very important as it aims at having better adapted forests in the light of the climate change. There was a study tour to Germany to see the works done there in forest transformation. It is important also that local population is closely involved in the project implementation, which gives them immediate benefit. In Armenia there is about 17000 ha of monoculture forests, which can be subject to forest transformation in almost all of the marzes except Yerevan, Armavir and Ararat.”

More information about WWF Armenia’s EU funded forest transformation project can be found here.

For further information:

Siranush Galstyan
Project Coordinator
Tel: +374 10 58 89 83 (ext. 14)

Gera Voskanyan
Partnership and Communications Manager
Tel: +374 10 58 89 83 (ext. 14)
Press Event Speakers
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From left Siranush Galstyan, Ruben Petrosyan and John Barker
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From left John Barker and Matthias Lichtenberger
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Siranush Galstyan during the interview
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