The working group established by the decree of RA Nature Protection Minister didn't detect the habitat of red-listed listed 'Acantholimon caryophyllaceum Boiss' plant species and 'Apollo' butterfly species in Amulsar area during its one-day-long examination.
'Upon my decree, there is a working group established, which included the representatives of NAS RA, Nature Protection Ministry, Head of Vayots Dzor Division of RA Nature Protection and Soil Inspection Body, who was also the head of inspection processes, WWF Armenia employees, people who found these species, were also included headed by Karen Danielyan. Danchenko from Moscow State University was also included in the working group, who is the head of red-listed butterflies of Red Book of Armenia and has an experience of 40 years. The entire group visited the spot on 4 September, carried out examinations and brought protocols which say this area doesn't have the plant that the butterfly spawns on, so it can't be considered as the habitat of the butterfly. Besides, other conclusions were given, which say that the humidity is also not enough for the butterfly to live here. It was recorded that the plant was not 'Acantholimon caryophyllaceum Boiss' plant species, but other plants belonging to this family, which was recorded, but it is not red-listed. This is initial information, which we will pass to RA Nature Protection and Soil Inspection,' RA Nature Protection Minister Erik Grigoryan said at the press conference dedicated to 100 days of holding office. In reply to the question, whether one-day-long examination can be considered as a serious field examination, Erik Grigoryan said, 'Sure I agree that additional examinations will be required in future.' The locals were not involved in the examinations.
September 07, 2018 at 19:12