“It’s time to show that it is possible to receive two times more profit without felling the forest. I am urging you to turn off the saws and connect your mind, creativity ideas and work toward new opportunities,” Nikol Pashinyan also said at the celebration dedicated to Haghartsin’s 200th anniversary.
The Prime Minister advised that a new USD 140,000-worth grant project will be implemented in Haghartsin, which will support those the citizens who will submit realistic and innovative business plans, including on tourism and environmental issues. The community head was told to get in touch with Haghartsin residents abroad and invite them to invest in their native village with a view to creating new jobs and earn money.
It should be mentioned that Haghartsin Village in Tavush Region is located in the vicinity of Dilijan National Park. As a result of strict preservation regime, the village is not able to make use of the forest: national park-residents conflicts get tense especially on the eve of the winter. Sometimes Haghartsin residents together with the neighboring villagers block the road demanding to permit them to make use of the forest wood.
Villagers have to go to the forest given social difficulties, electricity and gas prices and the absence of alternatives.
August 13, 2018 at 17:21