Discussion on introduction of the 24-hour pilot protection system in the "Arevik" National Park
During the meeting, it has been discussed the introduction of protection system, which will carry out 24-hour patrolling on the territory of the national park or throughout the whole Zangezur Biosphere Complex through day and night time visits. It is anticipated that each patrolling group will cover 7000-10000 hectares according to the defined routes. The routes will be designed by specialists based on geographical location of the area, the passage of roads, and the poaching frequency.
The representative of the Support Program for Protected Areas (SPPA), who participated in the discussion, said that within the SPPA project they are ready to provide the necessary equipment for the groups. The Caucasus Nature Fund can provide with the required fuel, as well as bonuses to the staff for the successful implementation of the project.
At the end of the meeting, in the framework of the WWF-Armenia's Leopard conservation project, as a the first step the field equipment were given to the "Zangezur" Biosphere Complex SNCO, which manages the "Arevik" National Park, including binoculars, GPS, photo camera, sleeping bags, tents and so on.