YEREVAN, September 18. /ARKA / .The Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) has released this year about $417,000 million to Armenia for financing a set of measures for the protection of nature, nature protection minister Aram Harutyunyan said yesterday.
"We have been cooperating with the Caucasus Nature Fund since 2009 and have achieved considerable success. In 2009-2010 it provided us with some 50 million drams ($122.7, 000) assistance. We expect the amount to grow to 270 million ($ 662,500) in 2014,” the minister said Thursday.
He said the funds have been used to improve protection of protected areas, particular, of Khosrov and Shikahogh reserves and Arevik national park. Starting next year, the list will include also the Dilijan national park.
The money was used also to pay staff’s salaries, upgrade equipment as well as finance a string of urgent tasks, he said.
The minister also said a team of 20 people from the Fund’s group of donors is visiting Armenia to get acquainted with the problems of protected areas in order to decide on further funding.
The Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) is a conservation trust fund working to protect the Caucasus wilderness for future generations. Its mission is to contribute to the improved management and sustainable development of the Caucasus’ natural and cultural heritage by providing effective long-term funding support to the protected areas of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. -0-