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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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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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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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FPWC’s Buffer Zone Project

FPWC’s Buffer Zone Project | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

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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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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The Messenger - New CARE project hopes to develop Georgia-Armenia border regions

The Messenger - New CARE project hopes to develop Georgia-Armenia border regions | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Yesterday, CARE International in the Caucasus hosted a conference titled “Joining Regional Actors for Local Economic Development”, organized within the framework of the project “Local Actors Join for Inclusive Economic Development and Governance in the South Caucasus (JOIN)”.

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Green activists of Los Angeles call on All Armenians to support the fight for preservation of Armenia's nature

Green activists of Los Angeles call on All Armenians to support the fight for preservation of Armenia's nature | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
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.
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ATP Announces Expansion of Leadership Team

ATP Announces Expansion of Leadership Team | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

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.”

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Armenians of Norway to Support Activists Protecting Mashtots Park and Teghut Forest

Armenians of Norway to Support Activists Protecting Mashtots Park and Teghut Forest | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The representatives of Armenian Diaspora in Norway have sent an open letter which supports activists protecting Mashtots Park and Teghut forest. The letter says: With this letter we, Armenians of Norway, convey our fullest support to your green activism....

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Norway Gives $1.2 Million to Armenia Reforestation Project

Norway Gives $1.2 Million to Armenia Reforestation Project | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
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.
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EBRD and Armenian Ministry of Energy Sign Sustainable Energy Action Plan

EBRD and Armenian Ministry of Energy Sign Sustainable Energy Action Plan | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is boosting its support to Armenia to improve the country’s energy efficiency and lower energy consumption
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Armenia’s Environmental Challenges Discussed in Pasadena

Armenia’s Environmental Challenges Discussed in Pasadena | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The “Parsons” center was filled with environmentalists and concerned citizens as Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA), AGBU-YP, and Armenia Tree Project (ATP) hosted a panel lecture entitled “Armenia’s Environmental Challenges in the 21st Century” event on February 8.
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Vallex Group Mining and Environmental Protection

Vallex Group Mining and Environmental Protection | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Vice-Chairman of Vallex Group Gagik Arzumanyan said today that the program on the exploitation of Teghut mine is the first ecological one in the history of independent Armenia which is treated with greatest responsibility.d.
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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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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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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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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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Public Conference on Armenia's Environment Set for April 10 in Yerevan | Hetq online

Public Conference on Armenia's Environment Set for April 10 in Yerevan | Hetq online | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The state of the environment in Armenia will be the focus of a public conference to be held on
Tuesday, April 10, at the Congress Hotel in Yerevan.
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Armenia: Straight to the village · Global Voices

Armenia: Straight to the village · Global Voices | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
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.
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Entertainment Complex To Be Built on Land of Forest Fund

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..

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Lydian Received Environmental Impact Assessment Approval for Amoulsar Mine

Lydian Received Environmental Impact Assessment Approval for Amoulsar Mine | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Lydian International Company has received environmental impact assessment approval for the Company’s planned processing of gold-silver using cyanidation-leaching technology at the Amoulsar mine....

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Forests in Armenia Preserved Only On Paper

Forests in Armenia Preserved Only On Paper | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
How much forest is remained in Armenia? It may sound surprising, but there is no reply to this question.
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Illegal tree-cutting in Armenia reaches record high in 2011

Illegal tree-cutting in Armenia reaches record high in 2011 | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

In 2011, 1,690 trees were illegally cut down in Armenia, the National Statistical Service informs. And this is the greatest amount in recent years.

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Armenian Grey Invasion

It’s a wolf-eat-dog situation in the southern Armenian mountain town of Sisian, which has become the epicenter of a gray invasion. Residents now avoid nighttime strolls to avoid encounters with hungry wolves roaming the streets.
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