Nowadays a conflict between the communities in specially protected areas and buffer zones is available, which needs solution, as WWF Armenia Director Karen Manvelyan said at the round table entitled “Vulnerability of Ecosystems Conditioned with Climate Change” held at EcoLur Press Club.
“Protected area ensures sustainable ecosystems, which is necessary not only for animals and plans, but also residents living there. Our people don’t understand the benefit of protected areas. We have proposed to have a council on specially protected areas of nature, where not only ministry representatives will be council members, but also the residents of buffer zone communities, who will seek to solve conflicting issues among each other,” Karen Manvelyan said.
In addition, Aram Aghasyan, Head of Department for Managing Specially Protected Areas of Nature mentioned that a new law is being developed, which lays down legislative mechanisms to solve this problem. “Adjacent residential areas shall be granted certain privileges and compensation mechanism shall be available. Right now, for example, people grow potatoes nearby “Shikahogh” State Reserve, while wild boars destroy these potatoes. Compensation mechanism shall be applied, which is adopted worldwide,” Aram Aghasyan said.
The “EcoLur” Informational NGO is organizing series of events aimed at public involvement and awareness raising targeted to the future climate change policy directions and development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) of the Republic of Armenia under UN Climate Change Framework Convention (UNFCCC).
The material is prepared by 'EcoLur' Informational NGO under UNDP Climate Change Program, within the framework of ARM-002/2015 Contract. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations, including UNDP, or the UN Member States.
16:23 May 25, 2015