Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus
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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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New Initiative – To Include Lake Sevan in UNESCO World Heritage List

New Initiative – To Include Lake Sevan in UNESCO World Heritage List | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
An environmental TV marathon will be held at Conference Hall of RA NAS Presidium at 10:00 a.m. on 2 April (Baghramyan 24, 2nd floor) dedicated to including Lake Sevan in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Protecting Nature is Critical to Maintain Global Security

Protecting Nature is Critical to Maintain Global Security | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Our planet's "natural capital" is not a luxury — take it away, and countries will escalate into conflict. In order to expand our impact, we couldn’t just keep working on the same scale, with the same partners — instead, we had to bring the conversation to a wider audience. We need corporations, governments, international institutions and development organizations to understand and embrace that it was in their enlightened self-interest to talk about the conservation of nature as an essential part of their DNA. Nations and businesses cannot last if the resources that they depend upon are unpredictable.
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Climate Change Puts the Squeeze on Wine Production

Climate Change Puts the Squeeze on Wine Production | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The first global map of future land suitability for vineyards could change everything we think we know about wine.
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Educating the next generation Wilderness Entrepreneurs in Western Iberia

Traditionally, nature conservationists are not trained in business development and entrepreneurship. It is often assumed that nature conservation related professions are guided by ecological and sustainable principles which, therefore, define the educational design of nature conservation curricula.


However, the uncertain financial contexts for nature conservation and persistent competing claims by diverse stakeholders concerned, require alternative professional competences to address current conservation challenges. Educating the next generation of nature conservationists requires developing curricula that incorporate innovative learning approaches and are consistent with new and upcoming contexts and requirements.

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One of the most successful ways to ensure the continuing survival of species is by educating children and adults alike in the role they can play in conservation.

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Armenian Government Allotted Funds for Forestation of Yerevan Green Zone

Armenian Government Allotted Funds for Forestation of Yerevan Green Zone | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The official website of the Armenian Government informs that the Armenian Government has allotted the Agriculture Ministry 52,600,000 AMD for the forestation of around 31 ha...
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International Day of Forests | Conservation | The Earth Times

International Day of Forests | Conservation | The Earth Times | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The livelihoods of more than 1.6 billion people depend on forests. Not only that, but around 300 million people actually live in forests and these are often among the world's poorest people.
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Transylvanian Wildlife Project: Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos)

Transylvanian Wildlife Project: Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos) | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Brown bears are widely distributed in the Carpathians and are subject to hunting quotas which brings funds into local communities.  The area sees human bear conflict on a regular basis through food raids in villages and the taking of sheep.  The project seeks to make Brown Bears more valuable as a tourist attraction than as a trophy.


Via Education 4 Conservation
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Similar carnivore human conflicts are ongoing in the Tusheti region of Georgia, where wolves are responsible for the loss of sheep grazing in the highlands.  A project by NACRES and FFI has shown that effectively trained sheepdogs can reduce these conflicts significantly.  http://www.fauna-flora.org/explore/georgia/

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Anna Phillips's comment, March 21, 2013 8:17 PM
Moving away from animal trophy collection is a good thing, but increased tourism in a wildlife sanctuary may also disturb the animals we seek to protect.
Paul White's comment, May 9, 2013 3:45 PM
Hi Gill, if you want to read more about predator conflicts and co-existence please see the following article http://www.transylvanianwildlifeproject.com/p/coexist-predators.html
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Wildlife Extra News - European bison relocated to the Caucasus Mountains

Wildlife Extra News - European bison relocated to the Caucasus Mountains | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Ten bison have been relocated to Tseysky Nature Sanctuary in Russia's North Ossetia region, and eight more bison were taken to the Teberdinsky Reserve.In October, 2012 eight bison arrived in four wooden cages at the Teberdinsky reserve having travelled more than 1500 kilometres from the Oksky Reserve in the Ryazan region. Despite the long journey, the bison left the crates quickly and ran deep into the enclosure before beginning to graze on the succulent Caucasus grass.

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This project will be a good reference for the plans to introduce European Bison to Shahdag National Park in Azerbaijan.

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Reconciling with the wild

Reconciling with the wild | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Posted by Deli Saavedra on 14 March 2013 – Since many years I am dedicated to the conservation of nature and for almost a year I work with passion as Rewilding Manager at Rewilding Europe. Last months, an experience in nature and a notice in the newspaper made me think through a rewilding perspective.
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Wildlife protection in Caucasus Wildlife Refuge is working | World Land Trust

Wildlife protection in Caucasus Wildlife Refuge is working | World Land Trust | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Recent field reports suggest that numbers of Bezoar Goats are increasing in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, as a result of site protection measures.

Thanks in part to the work of wardens funded by World Land Trust (WLT), the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) in Armenia has become a safe haven for wildlife.

Despite the fact that Bezoar Goats are still hunted illegally in the Caucasus region, rangers report that herds numbering up to 30 goats are now regularly seen inside the reserve.

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New website gives conservationists tools to tackle climate change | BirdLife Community

New website gives conservationists tools to tackle climate change | BirdLife Community | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

To be able to teach something, you have to have mastered it yourself. So training conservationists worldwide how to teach others to take local action for nature in a changing climate is no easy task.


Fortunately, in a project funded and facilitated by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI – a unique collaboration between conservation organisations clustered around Cambridge, including BirdLife, and the University of Cambridge), 25 authors and contributors from nine organisations have the combined experience and expertise to achieve just that.

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With Help of Facebook, Costa Rica Bans Hunting of Wildlife

With Help of Facebook, Costa Rica Bans Hunting of Wildlife | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Social media may have helped inspire 177,000 Costa Ricans to support a bill rejecting sports hunting.
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Leading Companies Take Steps to Better Value Nature

Leading Companies Take Steps to Better Value Nature | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
A recent GreenBiz event highlighted progress in the realm of sustainable business.
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Beyond nature assesments for better decisions

Beyond nature assesments for better decisions | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Dr Thomas Brooks, Head of IUCN Science and Knowledge Unit shares his expectations for IPBES and explains the way he sees IUCN as a Union contributing to this new global nature platform on biodiversity and its benefits.
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“Khosrov Forest” State Reserve – Nominee for European Diploma of Protected Areas

“Khosrov Forest” State Reserve – Nominee for European Diploma of Protected Areas | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
“Khosrov Forest” State Reserve is a nominee for the European Diploma of Protected Areas. The application has been filed by Nature protection Ministry and dedicated works were launched in 2011...
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IUCN - Transboundary conservation in the Caucasus – is the time not yet ripe?

IUCN - Transboundary conservation in the Caucasus – is the time not yet ripe? | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The call for increased and improved transboundary conservation in the Caucasus is loud and clear, says Svenja Fox of IUCN’s Caucasus Cooperation Centre. But are countries in the region ready to pull together to save nature and overcome political and cultural divisions?

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7 Historic Women in the Environmental Movement

7 Historic Women in the Environmental Movement | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

This month marked the 100th year celebration of International Women’s Day. In recognition of women’s role in protecting the environment, here are several historic female leaders and voices who have made a point and made their mark in the environmental movement.

 
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4 Ways Dwindling Natural Resources Could Lead to Conflict

4 Ways Dwindling Natural Resources Could Lead to Conflict | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Last week's symposium at the Council on Foreign Relations explored the direct connection between nature and security.  

 

Less than a decade ago off the Somali coast, pirates captured the world’s attention. Anyone traveling by boat near the Horn of Africa went in fear of pirates hijacking their vessel for its cargo and taking hostages in hopes of procuring ransom money.

 

However, despite extensive news coverage, many stories failed to emphasize one of the root causes of this surge of pirate attacks: overfishing of some of the Indian Ocean’s most productive waters.

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Tiger Tourism: Threat or Conservation Tool? - Travel Culture Magazine

Tiger Tourism: Threat or Conservation Tool? - Travel Culture Magazine | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Tigers are among the most charismatic and majestic animals on earth. The world’s largest cat, they live across a wide range of habitats, from mountains to coastal wetlands. The majority of remaining tigers currently live in India among a number of national parks and tiger reserves. Tiger tourism has become a hot button issue in India, with the country’s recent Supreme Court decision to end a moratorium on tourism in these reserves. But is this a good thing?
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Conservation With a Human Face

The world is witnessing a drastic decline of its natural capital. Plant and animal species worldwide are vanishing at an unprecedented pace – 100 to 1,000 times the natural extinction rate.

 

The planet’s most endangered ecosystems are located in developing countries, and thus depend on some of the world’s neediest communities for their preservation. Conversely, the poor are the first to suffer from deterioration of their natural environment. But in the developing world, immediate economic needs often override long-term imperatives, and protecting a fragile environment is rarely a priority at the national level.

 
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New Khosrov Reserve Director Appointed

New Khosrov Reserve Director Appointed | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

By Nature Protection Ministry Aram Harutyunyan’s orders dated on 18 March 2013, Deputy Nature Protection Minister Khachik Hakobyan was appointed as a Chairman of Management Board of “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve, while Hrachya Hovakimyan was appointed as a director of “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve. As the Public Relations Department of Nature Protection Ministry informs, Nature Protection Ministry Aram Harutyunyan has introduced the newly appointed officials to “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve employees.

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Candidate Programs for Khosrov Reserve Director Position

Candidate Programs for Khosrov Reserve Director Position | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Khosrov Reserve, Armenia Director interviews. A summary of some of the candidates responses to the interview questions.
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KfW German Development Bank May Review Its Investment Policy for SHP Construction in Armenia

KfW German Development Bank may review its investment policy for the construction of SHPs in Armenia. In this regard the representative of the Association for SHPs Armen Hayrapetyan expressed his concern at the discussion of Stepanavan-2 SHP. Under him, the area of small-scale power generation has no alternatives, meanwhile in Armenia the operation of SHPs is ensured with the legislation and control.

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Return of the Wild: Will Humans Make Way for the Greatest Conservation Experiment in Centuries?

Return of the Wild: Will Humans Make Way for the Greatest Conservation Experiment in Centuries? | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The project’s ambition is a measure of the task at hand: Nothing less than reversing what is known as the sixth great extinction and restoring the planet’s imperiled biodiversity. “Our vision is simple,” wrote Foreman and a group of conservation biologists in a 1992 statement for the Wildlands Project. “We live for the day when Grizzlies in Chihuahua have an unbroken connection to Grizzlies in Alaska; when Gray Wolf populations are continuous from New Mexico to Greenland; when vast unbroken forests and flowing plains again thrive and support pre-Columbian populations of plants and animals; when humans dwell with respect, harmony, and affection for the land; when we come to live no longer as strangers and aliens on this continent.” This grand vision of continental-scale conservation seeks to protect not just specific landscapes (the project of nineteenth- and twentieth-century conservation), but entire ecosystems.

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Vashlovani - Protected Area of the Week

Vashlovani - Protected Area of the Week | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Vashlovani Protected Areas are situated in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia, at the further reaches of the Alazani River, and border Azerbaijan. Vashlovani is a Georgian word that means ‘Apple Orchard Valley’. Although there are few apples, the name is derived from the unique pistachio-dominated savannah landscape – from the sandstone escarpments the view of scattered, rounded pistachio tree crowns gives the impression of an apple garden.

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