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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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Tropical Forests and Selective Logging: Striking a Balance

Tropical Forests and Selective Logging: Striking a Balance | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Responsible forestry in selectively logged tropical forests can provide economic well-being of forest-dependent communities, says a new study from the University of Florida.
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The mining sector searches for sustainability

The mining sector searches for sustainability | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog)The mining sector searches for sustainabilityThe Guardian (blog)It is rare for a controversial industry to engage with its critics, seek advice and pledge positive action for sustainable development.

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Studies show land rights reform key to saving forests, fighting climate change

Studies show land rights reform key to saving forests, fighting climate change | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
SHANGHAI — Ensuring that forest dwellers have rights over their land is vital for slowing the deforestation that may be causing up to a fifth of the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a report released Wednesday.
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Two Small HPPs to Be Constructed on Vorotan River in Distance of 42 Meters from Each Other - Ecolur

Two Small HPPs to Be Constructed on Vorotan River in Distance of 42 Meters from Each Other - Ecolur | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

At the regular meeting of the Armenian Government on 24 May the government changed the category forest and agricultural land areas for the construction of two small HPPs on the Vorotan River. For this very purpose 0.0516 ha of forest areas in Spandaryan Community and 0.1 ha in Angeghakut were changed into the category of energy, communal etc.

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Constructing Small HPP on Marts River without Environmental Expert Assessment

Constructing Small HPP on Marts River without Environmental Expert Assessment | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The working project of constructing a small HPP on the Marts River, Lori Region, hasn’t been so far submitted to Nature Protection Ministry for environmental impact expert assessment.
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Don’t call me an environmentalist

Don’t call me an environmentalist | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The environmental movement’s approval ratings are going down the tubes, even as more Americans profess to live greener lifestyles. Here’s what’s up.
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Global Conservation Maps

These maps are the result of an unprecedented effort by Nature Conservancy scientists, in collaboration with governments, scientists and conservation organizations around the world - over 80 global maps describing the state of terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats...
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Inviting Cinderella Species to the Ball

Inviting Cinderella Species to the Ball | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Charismatic megafauna dominate fund-raising efforts at the expense of species facing greater threats, researchers report.

 

We humans are quite fond of ourselves. So much so that our narcissism tends to influence our preferences for other species, too. We generally favor big, attractive mammals with forward-facing eyes, and this bias is reflected in the conservation dollars we donate.

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Europe’s wild network of Pan Parks

Europe’s wild network of Pan Parks | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Overcrowded Europe may be culturally dense, brimming with historic cities and manicured landscapes, but it also has some genuine wilderness areas – albeit in the recesses of the continent.

 

There are only 12 parks in the selective Pan Parks network, which stretches across 10 countries, from Finland to Georgia. In the core areas in these parks, no human exploitation is allowed, no roads or construction, no hunting, fishing, mining, logging, grazing or even grass cutting.  And Borjomi Kharagauli National Park in Georgia is one of them.

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ANC Program – Priorities: Health and Right to Good Environment

The “Armenian National Congress” recognizes the priorities of health and right to good environment over public relations of short-term economic nature,” says the ANC environmental program for the 2012 elections.
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NGOs Joining to Save Bakhmaro

NGOs Joining to Save Bakhmaro | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

NGOs are joining to save Bakhmaro: a five-cascade HPP is constructed in the gorge of Bakhvistskali River where Bakhmaro resort is located.  The hydro power station will change the climate on the spot, which will bring to the loss of resort function in Bakhmaro...

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Market Relations and Nature Protection Can Successfully Coexist Only Under Rule of Law - Ecolur

Market Relations and Nature Protection Can Successfully Coexist Only Under Rule of Law - Ecolur | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Yasemin Pamuk, Director of the South Caucasus Project of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, speaks about the environmental problems in Armenia and influence of market economy on environmental issues in his interview with EcoLur.

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MME tests measures to halt illegal hunting of birds | BirdLife Community

MME tests measures to halt illegal hunting of birds | BirdLife Community | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

MME/BirdLife in Hungary, in cooperation with 8 other conservation organisations just launched a 5 years LIFE+ project that will aim to find effective and alternative solutions to crimes toward birds in Hungary, ...

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Public Reacting to Minister’s Assignment

The Ministry of Nature Protection keeps on receiving observations and proposals on opencast development of Amoulsar gold mine project.
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The Cardamom Conundrum: Q&A with CI’s Tim Killeen

The Cardamom Conundrum: Q&A with CI’s Tim Killeen | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Later this month at Rio+20, world leaders will gather to discuss the future of our planet — a future that must account for the value of nature in order to achieve truly sustainable economic growth.
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Q. and A.: Linking People's Needs to Nature's

Q. and A.: Linking People's Needs to Nature's | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Peter Seligmann, the founder of Conservation International, discusses a shift in focus from pure conservation of creatures to linking the needs of nature to the needs of people.
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No Documents Enabling to Assess Risks of Bardzradir Mine Opencast Development

No Documents Enabling to Assess Risks of Bardzradir Mine Opencast Development | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

We have certain concerns that the project territoryFeelings run high over a proposal for a new mine in the buffer zone of the Shikahogh wildlife reserve.

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The zone of Amoulsar project on opencast gold mining is the habitat of red-listed animals

The zone of Amoulsar project on opencast gold mining is the habitat of red-listed animals | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The zone of Amoulsar project on opencast gold mining is the habitat of red-listed animal and plant species and a migration corridor for such species as Armenian moufflon, bezoar goat and Caucasian leopard, assert experts working at WWF...
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Involving the Tourism Sector in Biodiversity Conservation Planning | Lorton Consulting

Involving the Tourism Sector in Biodiversity Conservation Planning | Lorton Consulting | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Sustainable tourism has the capability of being a feasible tool for biodiversity conservation by providing economic alternatives for communities to engage in other than destructive livelihood activities, creating new revenue streams to support conservation through user fee systems and other mechanisms, and building constituencies that support conservation priorities by exposing tourists, communities, and governments to the value of protecting unique natural ecosystems...
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ATP Celebrates Earth Day in Kotayk with UN, US Embassy

ATP Celebrates Earth Day in Kotayk with UN, US Embassy | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The celebration of Earth Day is gaining in popularity at a rapid pace in Armenia. This year, Armenia Tree Project (ATP) celebrated by planting trees in the community of Teghenik in the Kotayk region. On Fri., April 20, the U.S. Embassy in Armenia and the United Nations joined ATP to plant a cluster of decorative and fruit trees in Teghenik.

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FPWC’s Buffer Zone Project

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In order to improve nature conservation in Armenia, FPWC has taken over, since October 2010, the responsibility for more than 1000 hectares of pristine land in the vicinity of Khosrov Reserve. FPWC aims to maintain the area as a protected Buffer Zone for the reserve. Moreover a part of the territory forms a corridor for the critically endangered Armenian Mufflon reaching from the Urts Mountain Range to the Khosrov Reserve.

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Georgia Envisions Instant City on Swampy Site

Georgia Envisions Instant City on Swampy Site | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Reaching the site where Georgia’s government is breaking ground for Lazika, its grandiose city of the future, requires navigating livestock — shaggy cows and huge spotted hogs that sunbathe on the road to the hypnotic chirping of innumerable frogs.

 

The proposed site is at the edge of the Kolkheti wetlands, where in 1997 Georgia committed to preserve about 82,000 acres as part of the international Ramsar Convention.

 

One finds varying opinions about the proposal to build a city of half a million here on a stretch of marshy land near the Black Sea.

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Call for nominating 2014 as International Year of Wilderness

Call for nominating 2014 as International Year of Wilderness | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

PAN Parks Foundation calls upon the nomination of 2014 as the International Year of Wilderness. Such a nomination will help to secure the necessary political and public support for 'The Million Project', which aims at guaranteeing the protection of 1 million hectares of Europe’s wilderness by 2015.

 

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Earth Day: Tree Planters In Armenia Show Forests Are Not Just For Cutting

In the green, mountainous land of western Armenia, far from any major city, you might think the forest could take care of itself.  But this once wooded land is now largely stripped bare, the result of centuries of logging. Today it is a landscape of grassy hillsides, with the remaining trees scarce and lonely on the hilltops.

 

It is a scene that has become common in many countries where people regard forests mostly as sources of timber to sell.  But now things are changing, thanks to the efforts of environmental activists ......

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‘Serious’ pesticide threat in former Soviet Union

‘Serious’ pesticide threat in former Soviet Union | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The European Union and the UN’s food agency announced an agreement on Thursday to manage vast stocks of obsolete pesticides in the former Soviet Union, warning they had become a “serious threat”. The EU and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will spend seven million euros ($9.1 million) over the next four years to help contain the risks in 12 countries in the region, spanning Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
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