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2017

The consultation over introducing the 24-hour pilot protection system in "Areviq" National Park took place

25.12.2017

WWF-Armenia initiated a discussion on the introduction of the 24-hour pilot protection system in “Areviq” National Park within the Leopard Conservation Project; in attendance of the representatives of the Ministry of Nature Protection, “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex, Caucasus Nature Fund and Support Programme for Protected Areas – Armenia (SPPA-Armenia). During the meeting, there was discussed the introduction of protection system, which will carry out twenty-four-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 Support Programme for Protected Areas – Armenia (SPPA-Armenia), who participated in the discussion, said that within the SPPA project they are willingly 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, taking the first step, the field equipment was given to “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex SNCO, including binoculars, GPS, photo camera, sleeping bags, tents and so on within Leopard conservation project scopes.

 

The representative of Support Programme for Protected Areas – Armenia (SPPA-Armenia), who participated in the discussion, said that within the SPPA project they are willingly 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, taking the first step, the field equipment was given to “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex SNCO, including binoculars, GPS, photo camera, sleeping bags, tents and so on within Leopard conservation project scopes.


Innovative Approaches for Biodiversity Conservation

22.12.2017

From now on, employees of “Areviq” National Park working under the subordination of “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex will have an opportunity to control even the most remote areas of the national park with online video cameras, which will significantly contribute to the effective preservation of the national park and poaching level decrease.It has become possible thanks to the installation of 4 online cameras which will be powered by solar energy for the first time. This is a pilot project and, in case of positive result, it will have its continuation and will be adopted in other specially protected areas of nature of RA. The initiative was implemented within the framework of WWF-Armenia's “Leopard Conservation project” and HSBC Bank Armenia's “Let’s protect threatened species in Armenia” project.
The use of modern technology will increase the efficiency of work, and most importantly, will contribute to the process of developing Green Armenia.


The Second Session of the Council took place

On December 12 the second session of “Regional Advisory Council – Kapan” established within the framework of “Support Programme for Protected Areas – Armenia” (SPPA-Armenia) was held. One of the objectives of the Council is to ensure the counseling directed to the public participation enhancement in management procedures of specially protected areas of nature under “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex, assist the planning and implementation of socio-economic development programs in the preservation zone of protected areas in the communities, increase the effectiveness of the “SPPA-Armenia” project and other possible international projects.
During the session the regulation, the functions and responsibilities of the Regional Advisory Council, the project’s progress in 2017, as well as the work plan for 2018 were discussed. Note that, “Support Programme for Protected Areas – Armenia” is a part of the Caucasus Initiative launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Support Programme for Protected Areas – Armenia (SPPA-A) is a 5-year program and the contribution of Germany's side amounts to 8.25 million EUR equivalent amount.


Strengthening Protection in “Areviq” National Park

On December 11 WWF-Armenia installed seven road blocks and fifteen signboards in “Areviq” National Park with financial support of HSBC Bank Armenia and WWF-Armenia's "Leopard Conservation Project". The initiative was implemented in the frames of "Let’s protect Threatened Species in Armenia" project, which aims to strengthen protected areas and ensure better protection and monitoring for target species:Caucasian Leopard, Bezoar Goat, Armenian Mouflon in “Areviq” National Park. This activity supports the protection of habitats for the species, facilitate prevention of poaching and raise public awareness on nature protection.
The installed road blocks will prevent the access of poachers and other unauthorized vehicles to the National Park, thereby, poaching and the level of disturbances will be reduced. The newly installed signboards provide information about “Areviq” National Park, giving necessary notice for wildfire prevention in the area.


Parliamentary hearings were held over specially protected areas of nature

On November 29 on the initiative of the RA NA Standing Committee on Territorial Administration, Local Self-Government, Agriculture and Environment parliamentary hearings on “The current state, main problems and the solution directions of specially protected areas of nature in Armenia” were held.
In his closing remarks Artsvik Minasyan attributed importance to the answers to the questions raised by the legislators during the hearings and consistency in addressing problems in which the Ministry of Nature Protection is concerned, thereby making some clarifications on some of the raised issues.


On November 18 “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex SNCO conducted autumn tree planting in the vicinity of “Plane Grove” sanctuary (80 plane trees); 150 Greek walnuts were planted in the area adjacent to “Areviq” national park and 150 Greek walnuts were planted in Tsav community. The residents of Tsav community and the schoolchildren participated in tree planting.

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Inspectors detected wildfire flashpoints in “Zangezur” district of “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex”

On October 25, at about 16:00 inspectors detected wildfire flashpoints in “Zangezur” district of “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex”, thus briefed the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia, by setting about fire extinguishing operations. According to preliminary data, the fire covered approximately 8ha. The employees of the biosphere complex and firefighter-rescuers of Kajaran Rescue Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of RA participated in the firefighting activities. A twenty-four-hour duty was accomplished in the area.

 


On August 26, at 12:00 the workers of ''Zangezur'' Biosphere Complex SNCO detected a case of wildfire 3-4km right from the peak of Mount Khustup towards the city of Kajaran. The workers of the Complex immediately briefed the representatives of regional subdivisions of the Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia, state regional governmental bodies and other relevant bodies on the fire. The fire spread in four directions, thereby it required four groups of the complex employees to set about firefighting operations. Some time later, they succeeded in halting the fire spread, by eliminating the latter. The high mountainous relief at altitudes over 2500m above the sea level, the impassable area prevented the firefighting activities, using transport vehicles, thus they had to travel on foot approximately 6-7km. The officers of the Emergency Situations, Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection Body of Nature Protection of RA, ''Hayantar'' (ArmForest )SNCO, the residents of the communities were willingly to assist.

On August 27, at 7:00 in the morning, the fire broke out in ''Khustup'' state sanctuary was brought to successful completion, though hot climatic conditions promoted the generation of smoking flashpoints for which relevant works were accomplished by the RA MNP Syunik Regional Division Staff, firefighter-rescuers of the Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia and the residents of the communities.
On August 28, early in the morning, the firefighter-rescuers of the Emergency Situations of RA teaming up with round-the-clock staff and dividing into 3 groups put out new wildfire flashpoints burnt by the hot sun and wind.
Twenty-four-hour duty is supervised.


Educational camp was held for the participants of IMPACT clubs in “Khustup” tent camping of “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex SNCO

IMG_3138.JPGOn August 25-27 educational camp took place for the partakers of IMPACT clubs in ''Khustup” tent camping of “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex SNCO within the framework of the youth project of World Vision, Syunik Region.
There were organized training, competitions, games, thus song and dance performances in the evenings. The organizers and the children had full and interesting days in the unique nature.
The officers of Conservation Unit, Ecotourism and Scientific Division of “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex” SNCO ensured the entire security and administrative activities in “Khustup” tent camping.

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Tourists from Slovenia conducted a visit to “Plane Grove” state sanctuary and “Shikahogh” state reserve within the period of 11- 13.08.17. Impressed by our unique nature, flora and fauna, they promised to visit us again.

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On July 29, “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex” SNCO also participated in the nationwide clean-up day within “Clean Armenia” project scopes. SNCO employees executed cleaning and rehabilitation activities in Shikahogh Visitor Center, “Shikahogh” state reserve, “Plane Grove” and “Zangeur” sanctuaries, “Areviq” national park.


The annual student tent event was held in “Khustup” tent camping of “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex” SNCO

The students performed songs and dances, performances, competitions and games with joy in the tent camp within a few days. Students, guests, organizers of about 180 different higher educational institutions had interesting and exciting days in unique nature.
The officers of Conservation Unit, Ecotourism and Scientific Division of “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex” SNCO along with security officials of Police and Municipality ensured the entire security and administrative activities in “Khustup” tent camping.

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On July 14 a workshop over community capacity building needs assessment and developing a training program for staff was held in “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex” SNCO office within the frameworks of “Support Programme for Protected Areas – Armenia” project.


“Ayb” in border Nrnadzor community; a visit paid to “Areviq” national park

Yesterday the officers of WWF-Armenia alongside of “Areviq” national park employees with the schoolchildren of “Ayb” school toured the specially protected areas of nature of “Zangezur Biosphere Complex” SNCO, including “Areviq” national park. The visit was conducted within the scopes of “Conservation of Leopard in the Southern Caucasus” project; it is already over 15 years Armenia has implemented the program.
In due course, the schoolchildren of Nrnadzor school joined the pupils of “Ayb” school. The specialists gave information of the leopard and its prey species, by submitting their habitats, theatres, project achievements and etc. Afterwards the event partakers were engaged in the process of wildlife research and monitoring.
Additionally, the pupils asked questions related to nature and wildlife conservation in Armenia. During the visit the children watched bezoar goats using binoculars.
At the end of the visit all the participants received valuable gifts.
Meghri community workers, who were present at the meeting, welcomed similar undertaking, looking forward to its further progression.


Interview with Director of “Zangezur Biosphere Complex” SNCO Vardan Gevorgyan


On April 15 the ecotourism and recreation unit of “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex” SNCO had a participation in “AUA Ecotourism Conference, 2017” focused on enhancing ecotourism development in Armenia. The ecotourism division presented relevant photos of serviceable routes in SNCO, thus referring to the activities executed in ecotourism sector.
At the conference the concept of establishing stakeholders network towards sustainable ecotourism was considered. Tourism-related organizations presented their experience. During the diffused discussions several approaches and proposals were delivered, the significance of specially protected areas of nature in making progress to ecotourism development policy was reflected upon.


On February 22 “Zangezur Biosphere Complex” SNCO organized a meeting for the schoolchildren of Shikahogh, Srashen, Tsav and Nerkin Hand communities in the vicinity of “Shikahogh” state reserve, thus raising the awareness of rare and endangered mammals, birds and reptiles registered in the Red Book of the Republic of Armenia and met in the area of “Zangezur Biosphere Complex” SNCO. In the course of the meetings lifestyles, external structures of the above mentioned species as well as their role, significance in nature, environment were highlighted. The schoolchildren were provided with the booklets established by “Zangezur Biosphere Complex” SNCO; there are illustrated rare and endangered mammals, birds and reptiles in the booklets.


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