1094.5 Ha Forest Planned to Establish Around Lake Sevan
1094.5 ha forest is planned to be established around Lake Sevan till 2023. Two government draft decisions have been drawn up to make this program come true, “On Approving Program on Establishing New Forest Layer around Lake Sevan” (2013-2011) and “On Approving Program on Establishing New Forest Layer around Lake Sevan” (2014-2023). The projects are displayed on the official website of Nature Protection Ministry for all stakeholders: 647.6 ha forest will be planted in Vardenis, Martuni, Vardenik, Noratus and Artanish branches of “Sevan” National Park, and 446.9 ha in non-used agricultural land areas owned by Shorzha, Litchq, Tsovak, Tsovagyugh, Artsvanist, Yeranos, Sarukhan and Astghadzor communities and in the administrative territory of Gavar Town. The territories planned for forest planned are not leased. It’s planned to re-operate the tree nursery in Martuni, on 13.7 ha of Tsovinar section.
According to the documents, the complex program on Lake Sevan ecosystem recovery, preservation, reproduction and usage has been implemented since 2002, which plans to raise the lake level by six meters. Tree and bush cleaning works has been carried out since 2005 in parallel with the lake level increase to prevent the deterioration of water quality. Around 4000 ha of forests will find themselves in the lake in case the lake level is raised to 1903.5 meters, but only 27% of the green zone of Sevan littoral areas will be recovered due to these planned tree plantings. In 2010, 15 million AMD was allotted from the state budget to carry out primary studies to develop this program.
The program funding for 2014-2023 is planned to be carried out at the expense of the state budget, Lake Sevan Recovery, Preservation and Development Fund founded by the government decision no. 517-N dated on 28 April 2011 and other sources not forbidden by law.