Since 2004 till now reforestation and forestation works have been done on 31.433 ha of lands which promotes to the mitigation of climate change and reduction of greenhouse gases. Ruben Petrosyan, Deputy Director of “Hayantar” SNCO of the RA Ministry of Nature Protection and main forester, said about this during the round table entitled “What we lose and what we shall acquire in forest sector in terms of climate change” taken place at “EcoLur” press club on July 17.
According to the main forester reforestation works have reduced since 2009 which is connected with the world crisis.
“After the economic crisis in 2009 the reforestation works reduced and plantings were mainly realized with the support of international organizations such as UNDP, WWF-Armenia, GUZ, from the state budget, by the Reforestation and Development Fund of Armenia and partly on our own income”, said Ruben Petrosyan.
In 2009-2010 by WWF funding forestation works were realized in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. While researching the results it was found out that in spite of the heavier climate conditions Armenia spent comparatively less money and provided the highest adhesion of forest cultures compared with the other two countries.
Ruben Petrosyan stated that in order to involve the population in the seasonal forestation works the RA Government confirmed by N684-N resolution dated 27.06.2013 “The cost norms of conservation, protection, reforestation and forestation separate works” as a result of which the remuneration norm of forestation works increased 3 times bringing the norm payments of forestation works from 2000 AMD to 5800 AMD.
Ruben Petrosyan stated that in 2009-2014 aviation fight works were realized on 29128 ha of Armenian forests.
In terms of forest fires 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012 years were separated. The forests in Armenia most suffered from fires in 2010, 810.58 ha of forested area was burnt.
Presenting the dynamics of illegal deforestation the main forester of “Hayantar” said, “The tendency of illegal deforestation decreases. If in 2004 32766 tree felling was officially recorded, in the following years that number decreased making up 1063 trees. Giving the residuesto the villagers, gasification contributed to the reduction of illegal deforestation”, said Ruben Petrosyan.
According to the analyses on the condition of forests in 2001-2013 published at www.globalforestwatch.org within 13 years Armenia lost 1941 ha of forests, Georgia lost 8747 ha, Azerbaijan lost 6830 ha. Within 2001-2013 the forests of Armenia increased by 1278 ha, those of Georgia increased by 4788 ha, and those of Azerbaijan by 865 ha.
”Within 13 years we lost 663 ha, Georgia lost 3959 ha, Azerbaijan lost 5965 ha”, said Ruben Petrosyan.
The participants of the round table were as follows: Ruben Petrosyan, Deputy Director, Chief Forester of “Hayantar” (ArmForest) SNCO at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia, Aram Gyulkhasyan, Director of “State Forest Monitoring Center” SNCO at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia, Armen Ghurshudyan, Deputy director of “State Forest Monitoring Center” SNCO at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia, Aram Aghasyan, Head of Specially Protected Areas and Arboretums Management Division of Nature Protection Ministry of the RA, Aram Gabrielyan, National Coordinator of UN Focal Point Convention on Climate Change, Andranik Ghulijanyan Director of “Zikatar” State Preserve, Working Group Manager of UNDP «Sustainable Land and Forest Management in Northeastern Armenia” Program, Diana Harutyunyan, Coordinator of Climate Change Project of UNDP, Armen Gevorgyan National Coordinator of Armenian Branch of the Transboundary Joint Secretariat for the South Caucasus, Artur Alaverdyan Forest Programs Coordinator of WWF-Armenia, Nazeli Vardanyan, President of “Armenian Forests” NGO, Hovik Sayadyan, Dr. of Geographic Sciences and Professor, the working team of EcoLur.
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.
13:17 August 03, 2015