Natural Protection Ministry and Lydian Armenia Company signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing ‘Jermuk’ National Park. Lydian Armenia anticipates investing as much as 5 million USD over a period of 5 years in the Jermuk National Park Project. As the press release by Lydian Armenia says, these funds will be aimed both at biodiversity conservation and ensuring Jermuk National Park sustainability through deployment of ecotourism and eco-agricultural programs. The press release also says that the establishment of the national park may be exemplary for international mining practice. In this regard it should be reminded that Lydian Armenia proceeded to open-cast manner development of Amulsar gold mine and the construction of a heap leach facility located in immediate proximity to the territory of the future national park.
Ramaz Gokhelashvili, a biodiversity management expert from the environmental consulting company Treweek Environmental Consultants (UK) has been invited to be the project coordinator of Jermuk National Park. Ramaz Gokhelashvili is also the international expert of developing Zangezour Biospheric Complex assessed in the amount of 8.2 million Euros.
WWF Armenia, which has been examining biodiversity in Vayots Dzor Region and Jermuk Region for several years doesn’t take part in the establishment of Jermuk National Park. Another large international foundation such as the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) also doesn’t take part in it.
17:11 December 12, 2016