Anna Hakobyan - 3rd-year YSU Journalism Faculty Student for EcoLur
The 10th anniversary of the activities of the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) in Armenia is marked in 2019. During all these years, the CNF has supported the conservation of the specifically protected areas in Armenia and enhancing their capacities.
Under Arman Vermishyan, only in 2018 950,000 Euros was invested in Armenia with the support of the CNF.
'Khosrov Forest' State Reserve
Particularly, in 2018 solar energy systems were installed on the roof of the administrative building of 'Khosrov Forest' State Reserve SNCO, near Vedi Visitors' Center in Khosrov section and Security Point in Khachadzor section with the financial support of the CNF. Three plants will annually produce 34816 kwph electricity exonerating the company of paying 1,566,000 AMD electricity fee annually.
With the support of the CNF, RA Nature Protection Ministry has obtained four fire-fighting cars for 'Khosrov Forest' State Reserve, the management plan for 'Khosrov Forest' State Reserve is in the progress of the development. 'The draft version of Khosrov management plan will be finalized at the end of the year,' he said.
'Arpa Litch' National Park
With the support of the CNF, in 2018 a solar power plant for the generation of electricity, as well as a solar power plant for hot water were installed in 'Arpi Litch' National Park. The photovoltaic station will annually produce 32000-34000 kwph electricity ensuring annually savings of around 1,400,000 AMD. Surveillance cameras have been installed in the national park.
In 2019 it is planned to carry out an examination of fish resources in Arpi Lake, to determine new water-measuring spots to control the flow of the water and to provide the rangers with motor boats.
'Dilijan' National Park
We started funding the first Transcaucasian paths in 'Dilijan' National Park, the 'Hovnanyan' Foundation granted more funding and later the IDEA Foundation implemented the project. Huge work has been carried out in partnership with all these structures and now we have a good network of paths in 'Dilijan' National Park, which turns into an exciting area with infrastructures for ecotourism,' Arman Vermishyan said.
22 volunteers from 11 countries and 26 volunteers from 5 regions of Armenia have taken part in the opening of the first 85-kilometer-long Transcaucasian path in Armenia.
'Reintroduction of Caucasian Red Deer in Armenia' has been implemented in 'Dilijan' National Park with CNF's co-funding. Due to this project, Caucasian Red Deer being absent from Armenia for a long period of time can again be found in Armenia.
'In 2019, we are planning to introduce more technologies in the specifically protected areas of nature aiming to have maximum electronic conservation,' the CNF National Coordinator in Armenia said.
15:35 December 18, 2018