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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
Gill Mortimer's insight:
This project will be a good reference for the plans to introduce European Bison to Shahdag National Park in Azerbaijan.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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