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.
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.
The Armenian government adopted a decision that the category of two land areas in Ijevan Community will be changed. These land areas with a total of 1.3664 ha should be used for the construction of an entertainment center whilst previously protected as forest land..
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.
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 ......
The Armenia Tree Project's 18-year-long effort to reforest the Caucasus country with tree planting, environmental education, and sustainable development was rewarded this week with a $1.2 million grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
About 17% of the total land area of the Caucasus is covered by forests, primarily found between altitudes of 500-2000m and growing on steep slopes. For more maps and facts have a look at this interestign website.
On October 13, 2011 Georgian government held public hearing of the draft project of law on forest legislation that should replace the currently active Forest Code without publicity inclusion irrespective repeated requests of Georgian environmentalists to be included in the decision-making process.
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