GeoPark To Be Established in Gegharkounik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik Regions

GeoPark To Be Established in Gegharkounik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik Regions

It is planned to establish a geopark covering Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik Regions with 4400 sq/km and 102 community areas. The project of establishing a geopark entitled "Geopark as a stimulus of sustainable economic development and ecology in Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik Regiosn" was initiated by National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. The project was discussed during the meeting with Environment Minister Romanos Petrosyan and the Deputy Director of the Institute of Geological Sciences of NAS RA Lilit Sahakyan and Ara Avagyan, Head of the Laboratory of Geodynamics and Geological Hazards.

The selection of the geopark area in the Republic of Armenia was based on the gained knowledge in the sphere of geology, as well as the long-term experience of the project participants. The level of development of the regions and the essential for additional economic encouragement were taken into consideration.

The first geopark of the Republic of Armenia will cover an area of about 4400 km2, which corresponds to 14.7% of the territory of the Republic of Armenia. It covers 102 community areas. The relief is mountainous and includes the absolute altitudes of 1019-3595 m. There are 6 climatic sub-zones, from dry land (hot summer and cold winter) to alpine tundra.

The establishment of geoparks will raise the awareness of Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor and Syunik regions, thus promoting the formation and rooting of eco-education and ecological culture in the region, for the clear-cut and smart orientation of the individual in the sphere of environmental use and ecological safety.

February 18, 2021 at 17:20