Eco Camp for UWC Dilijan School's Students
The environmental event was organized within the framework of «In the Wake of the Leopard» campaign initiated by WWF-Armenia. About 20 participants from different countries, who are the students of the college, joint the camp.
The camp started from the WWF-Armenia office where students had chance to get acquainted with WWF staff and their projects in Armenia. Next stop was Gnishik Protected Landscape's visitor center in Vayots Dzor where they met Arus Nersisyan, director of the Gnishik Intercommunity Environmental Foundation. After the small presentation the group moved to Noravank Monastery, a 13th-century Armenian monastery, located in a narrow gorge of Noravank, near the town of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. Later the group visited Areni-1 cave, a 6100-year-old winery that was discovered in the village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor region. The oldest shoe of the world was found in the same cave in 2008. Last stop of the day was Bezoar goats observation point in Shatin village of Vayots Dzor region, where students could see several groups of bezoar goats in the wildlife. The observation point was created by WWF-Armenia to promote community-based ecotourism in the area.
Second day's agenda included field visit and hiking to the Gnishik Protected Landscape where participants observed wildlife and incredible landscapes of Noravank Gorge. WWF-Armenia's wildlife expert Mr. Alexander Malkhasyan presented wildlife monitoring methods of WWF and demonstrated camera traps installation. Arsen Gasparyan, Leopard Conservation project national coordinator presented WWF’s efforts towards the threatened animal species conservation. The students were introduced results of animals’ bioactivity, such as footprints and food remains.
The camp was full of information, positive emotions and good memories. It's just a beginning of very productive cooperation between UWC Dilijan College and WWF-Armenia.