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Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus
The Caucasus is one of the most diverse places on earth, with more species per acre than any other temperate zone. Leopards still roam here, only a few hours from central Europe, and conservation strategy is one of the few examples of inter-country collaboration in this region. A fascinating blend of culture, society and traditional life set in a history of fragmentation and conflict.
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Crying Wolf: A Misguided Canine Extermination Campaign or Sheep Protection?

Crying Wolf: A Misguided Canine Extermination Campaign or Sheep Protection? | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

In the Caucasus, villagers and wolves are currently locked in a deadly zero-sum game. With the recent cold snap in Armenia, some wolves began targeting livestock. Reports indicate that the damage was sometimes considerable, with over a dozen sheep from a single herd killed in some of these attacks. The government on Feb. 9 announced it would reward hunters for each wolf hide they turned in to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

 

Some environmentalists, however, argue that there may be a different reason—aside from the cold—that has driven the wolves closer to villages, and that a different solution may be better both for the wolves and locals.

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Green activists of Los Angeles call on All Armenians to support the fight for preservation of Armenia's nature

Green activists of Los Angeles call on All Armenians to support the fight for preservation of Armenia's nature | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Green activists of Los Angeles, who support Save Teghout movement, have addressed an open letter to Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.

 

In particular, the letter says that the deposits and natural resources are mercilessly used in Armenia today, and serious damage is being inflicted to the nature and environment. This is the result of unfair social policy, which directly affects the health of the future generations.
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The Great Economy Versus Environment Myth

The Great Economy Versus Environment Myth | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Environmentalism, in some circles, is still thought to be only about protecting trees and cuddly animals instead of trying to protect the environmental conditions necessary to ensure the health of people all over the world.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Let Your Voice Be Heard - Living in a Biodiversity Hotspot

Let Your Voice Be Heard - Living in a Biodiversity Hotspot | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

EcoLur continues 'Make Your Voice Heard' video cycle where people living in ecological hotspots speak about their problems. They think over what is happening with their water, forests and whether their children can live in these areas.... (Video in Armenian)

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Myth-busting scientist pushes greens past reliance on 'horror stories'

Myth-busting scientist pushes greens past reliance on 'horror stories' | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Peter Kareiva, chief scientist of the Nature Conservancy, the world's largest conservation group, has some hard truths for environmentalists. The movement is at a crossroads.
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Report: Georgia Unearths the World’s Oldest Honey

Report: Georgia Unearths the World’s Oldest Honey | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Georgians have long laid claim to being the first winemakers in the world, but could they also be pioneer beekeepers?
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African conservation community announces comprehensive response to rhino poaching crisis

African conservation community announces comprehensive response to rhino poaching crisis | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Representatives of the conservation community from across Africa yesterday announced a comprehensive response to combat the continent’s alarming rhino poaching crisis.
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New project aims to popularize Caucasian Heritage Crafts

Uniting the three South Caucasus countries around the one unique project the GACC, alongside its local and international partners, aims to build capacity with local authorities, and strengthen civil society.  The project contains several components, as it is considered a means of enhancing social and human development, job creation, and economic growth in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan

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A conservation conundrum

A conservation conundrum | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Dr Mark Infield, Fauna & Flora International’s Cultural Values Programme Director laments the lack of local support for protected areas, and points the finger – toward himself.

 

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ATP Announces Expansion of Leadership Team

ATP Announces Expansion of Leadership Team | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The Executive Committee of the Armenia Tree Project (ATP) recently announced the addition of Julia Mirak Kew to its advisory board and the hiring of Tom Garabedian as managing director.

 

Mirak Kew explained "We especially liked the fact that ATP’s programs have a direct impact on the neediest people in Armenia, especially children who are the beneficiaries of their tree planting and environmental education programs.”

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Cubs born in Iberian lynx breeding centre in Portugal

Cubs born in Iberian lynx breeding centre in Portugal | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Work to save the Critically Endangered Iberian lynx is showing results, with the birth of several litters of lynx cubs heralding the start of a successful season at Portugal’s breeding centre.

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Discovering fairytale villages in the Caucasus Mountains

Discovering fairytale villages in the Caucasus Mountains | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Among Europe’s highest peaks lies a region wedged between Chechnya and Dagestan that tourism has not yet discovered.Horses run wild through fields of irises in Tusheti, Georgia.
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Loss of Large Predators Altering Forest Ecosystems

Loss of Large Predators Altering Forest Ecosystems | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

A new study has found that the decline in large predators, particularly wolves, in forest systems across the Northern Hemisphere has triggered major ecosystem disruptions and loss of biodiversity.

 

In a survey of 42 studies conducted over the past 50 years, scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) found that the loss of mammalian predators in forest ecosystems across North America, Europe and Asia has allowed an increase in populations of moose, deer, and other large herbivore species, which in turn has impaired the growth of young trees.

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Public Conference on Armenia's Environment Set for April 10 in Yerevan | Hetq online

Public Conference on Armenia's Environment Set for April 10 in Yerevan | Hetq online | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The state of the environment in Armenia will be the focus of a public conference to be held on
Tuesday, April 10, at the Congress Hotel in Yerevan.
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Armenia: Straight to the village · Global Voices

Armenia: Straight to the village · Global Voices | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
With a GDP per capita estimated at just $5,400 in 2011, Armenia is one of the poorest countries in the former Soviet Union.  But although development in the center of the country's capital, Yerevan, might paint a different picture for some tourists, especially from its large Diaspora, the economic situation is most evident in the regions of the landlocked South Caucasus country.
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CNF Supports Armenia Forests

CNF Supports Armenia Forests | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

On March 22, in celebration of World Forestry Day, CNF signed a grant agreement to support Arzakan/Meghradzor sanctuary in Armenia.

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Spring Alive - Help us discover the spring

Spring Alive - Help us discover the spring | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The Spring Alive project is a simple birdwatching survey. All you need to do is register your first sightings of Swallow, Cuckoo, Swift, White Stork and Bee-eater on-line every year.  Great fun and some interesting stuff on there.

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CI at 25: Thinking — and Funding — Outside the Box

CI at 25: Thinking — and Funding — Outside the Box | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Nature, like everything it provides us, is invaluable — but protecting it isn’t free. Choosing conservation over exploitation presents a real opportunity cost, and protecting, restoring and maintaining healthy ecosystems require significant manpower and resources. But since we all rely on a healthy planet for our well-being, there’s no greater investment we can make.
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Caucasus Nature Fund allocated 604 thousand euros for two national parks in Georgia

Caucasus Nature Fund allocated 604 thousand euros for two national parks in Georgia | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Caucasus Nature Fund allocated 604 thosand euros to Tusheti and Vashlovani national parks in eastern Georgia ...

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Georgia toasts the good life

Georgia toasts the good life | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The authorities in Georgia are hoping to intoxicate tourists with their country's charms by building a fountain which pumps out strong alcoholic liquor instead of water once a week.

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Working to conserve carnivores in Georgia

Working to conserve carnivores in Georgia | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The Georgian Carnivore Conservation Project is primarily funded by the EU and is implemented by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in partnership with a national NGO, NACRES.

 

The main focus of the project is the conservation of the unique and globally important biodiversity of the semi-arid landscape in the south-east of the country.

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Georgian Environmental Organizations Demand departure of Energy and Natural Resources Minister

Georgian Environmental Organizations Demand departure of Energy and Natural Resources Minister | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Georgian environmentalists demand from the President Mikheil Sahakashvili the firing of Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alexander Khetaguri for his non-professionalism, and appeal to veto the amendment to the Law on Environmental Protection.

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Go Group Media: life as it is in the Caucasus, on film

Go Group Media: life as it is in the Caucasus, on film | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The basic idea behind Go Group Media is simple: give a camera to people from all walks of life, living in isolated parts of the country, and tell them to make films about their lives or things that matter to them.  The result is an amazing way to get to know the lives of people living in different parts of the Caucasus.

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Scientists Urge Action at Planet Under Pressure Conference

Scientists Urge Action at Planet Under Pressure Conference | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

This week in London, the Planet Under Pressure conference is underway, attended by over 3,000 delegates from all parts of the world.  The message is clear: The pressures on Earth are large and potentially disastrous.  However, the conference also focused on opportunities that can promote a sustainable future for the Earth’s ecosystems and the well-being of the people who rely on them.

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