WWF Armenia and Botanics Institute launch nursery worth 20,000 euros
YEREVAN, June 20. /ARKA/. Under a WWF Switzerland program, WWF Armenia and the Institute of Botanics of Armenia’s academy of sciences opened a nursery worth approximately 20,000 euros, coordinator of WWF Armenia forest programs Artur Alaverdyan said.
Twenty-two tree species will be presented in the new nursery, eight of them valuable and extinct. Later on they will be replanted in various regions across Armenia, Alaverdyan said at the official opening ceremony.
The nursery with about 200,000 trees is a part of the program of forestation in northern regions of Armenia aimed at restoring 70 hectares of forests and creating an extra earning for local population.
Director of the World Wildlife Fund Armenia Karen Manvelyan said one of the main achievements in the last 12 years is that 35,500 hectares of preserves in Armenia (Khosrov Forest and Shikahogh) are now technically equipped and new preserves (Zangezur and Khustup) and national parks (Arevik, Arpi Lake) are created on a total of 91,700 hectares.
The most important achievement is that preserve and national park area is now 13.1% of Armenia’s territory, Manvelyan said.
The program is implemented supported by Armenia’s ministry of environment, international organizations and NGOs
Another successful project is forestation of 850 hectares in Lori and Tavush regions. Programs to develop local communities, protect and use resources in a correct way, were carried out in 25 communities in Siunik, Vayots Dzor, Lori, Tavush and Shirak, Manvelyan said.
WWF-Armenia opened in 2006. Its main activities include preserving biodiversity, ensuring sustainable use of natural resources and increasing public awareness. –0--