Celebration of the 10th anniversary of WWF presence in Armenia and nature conservation achievements



Posted on 24 June 2014  | 
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On June 19, WWF celebrated the 10th anniversary of its presence in Armenia. During the event organized in Yerevan Botanical Garden, WWF-Armenia presented to the official guests, representatives of diplomatic delegations, international and non-governmental organizations, and other invitees its ten-year efforts aimed at nature conservation in Armenia. The Minister of Nature Protection of RA, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, the representative of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador of Switzerland in Armenia, WWF-Caucasus Program Office Director and WWF-Russia Director were present at the event.

The works and achievements in Armenia were presented to the guests, and further plans were discussed. Besides, the guests had an opportunity to get acquainted with the WWF-Armenia’s projects through photos and an informative video-film. A part of the photos was demonstrating the biodiversity of Armenia, including endangered animals and plants which need special conservation; the other part was revealing the works implemented in the frames of WWF-Armenia’s projects.

During the event, “WWF-Armenia Best Partner” awards were granted. Afterwards, a new nursery, established in collaboration with the Institute of Botany of RA National Academy of Sciences under WWF-Switzerland funded project, was officially opened.

In his welcoming speech WWF-Armenia Director, Mr. Karen Manvelyan said: “Since 2002, 35,500 ha of protected areas (Khosrov Forest and Shikahogh Reserves) have been technically enforced through the projects implemented by WWF. 91,700 ha of new protected areas have been established and subsequently technically enforced – Arevik and Lake Arpi National Parks, Zangezur and Khustup State Sanctuaries, Gnishik Protected Landscape, which constitute 3.1% of the entire territory of RA”.

WWF began its activities in Armenia since 2002 and as of November 2006, WWF-Armenia has been registered as an official branch of WWF International as a part of WWF-Caucasus Programme Office.

During its activities, WWF-Armenia has implemented numerous projects related to biodiversity conservation, development of protected areas, conservation and restoration of endangered species and ecosystems, community development and environmental awareness. Particularly, the afforestation and reforestation activities have been undertaken in Lori and Tavush regions, covering approximately 850 ha area; the community development projects have been implemented in more than 25 communities of Syunik, Vayots Dzor, Lori, Tavush and Shirak regions, aimed at conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

For further information:

Gera Voskanyan
Partnership and Communications Manager
Tel: +374 10 58 89 83 (ext. 14)
Email: gvoskanyan@wwfcaucasus.org
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Minister of Nature Protection of RA – Mr. Aramayis Grigoryan
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Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Armenia - H.E. Mr. Reiner Morell
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WWF Caucasus Program Office Director - Mr. Giorgi Sanadiradze
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WWF Caucasus Program Office Conservation Director - Mr. Nugzar Zazanashvili
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From left Minister of Nature Protection of RA – Mr. Aramayis Grigoryan and WWF Armenia Director – Mr. Karen Manvelyan
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From left Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Armenia - H.E. Mr. Reiner Morell and WWF Armenia Director - Mr. Karen Manvelyan
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From left WWF Armenia Director – Mr. Karen Manvelyan and EU Delegation to Armenia - Mr. John Barker
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From left IWAY - Mrs. Ella Barker, EU Delegation to Armenia - Mr. John Barker and WWF-Germany - Mr. Matthias Lichtenberger
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From left WWF-Russia Director – Mr. Igor Chestin and WWF-Armenia Director – Mr. Karen Manvelyan
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Ambassador of Switzerland in Armenia - H.E. Mr. Lukas Gasser
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From left WWF-Armenia Director – Mr. Karen Manvelyan and UNDP Armenia Environmental Governance Portfolio Manager - Mr. Armen Martirosyan
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WWF-Armenia Director – Mr. Karen Manvelyan
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The opening of nursery. From left the director of the Institute of Botany of RA NAS – Zhirayir Vardanyan, WWF-Armenia Director – Mr. Karen Manvelyan and Ambassador of Switzerland in Armenia - H.E. Mr. Lukas Gasser.
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A new nursery in the Yerevan Botanical Garden
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