It's planned to make the forest conservation regime in Armenia stricter bringing them nearer to the specifically protected areas of nature. In the frames of UNDP-GEF 'Introduction of Sustainable Land and Forest Management in Mountain Landscapes of North-East Armenia' project, the management plans of 11 forestry enterprises in Lori and Tavush Regions and 9 specifically protected areas of nature, which are a part of it, will be reviewed for the complex management of forest resources. We offer new approaches for forests increase in the role of ecosystem services, preservation of biodiversity and assessment of the effectiveness of carbon dioxide consumption. 'Due to these three components, a forestry enterprise, which is managed in an ordinary way, resembles the management plans of the specifically protected areas of nature with its regime. It pursues an aim to mainly focus on the environmental value of forestry enterprises and their numerous ecosystem services,' said Technical Task Leader of UNDP-GEF 'Introduction of Sustainable Land and Forest Management in Mountain Landscapes of North-East Armenia' project Hovik Sayadyan in his interview with EcoLur. The reviewed forest management plans were presented to the discussion of the stakeholders recently during the workshop held at Zikatar Environmental Center SNCO.
'The preservation regime of forestry enterprise area shall be valued more and given a more weight, so as we are able to effectively preserve our scarce forest resources. We find their role is higher in the preservation of biodiversity and in terms of providing ecosystem services than as a source of timber,' Hovik Sayadyan said.
The main obstacle of the project is the border separation of forests from communities: only in Tavush Region, there are border separation problems with around 35 communities.
18:15 June 22, 2017