Celebration of the 10th anniversary of WWF presence in Armenia and nature conservation achievements
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:
Partnership and Communications Manager
Tel: +374 10 58 89 83 (ext. 14)