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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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