Ardvi Community has huge potential for ecotourism development. Ardvi community, Lori Region, has been selected by UNDP 'Integrated Rural Tourism Development' program for the development of rural tourism and ecotourism. 'Ardvi is a real eco-village and a very interesting zone for ecotourism. This small village with a population of 200 residents has many opportunities. Here ecoproducts are produced, water comes from mountains and their produce almost doesn't contain chemical elements. Ardvi Church has century-long history, while the site called 'Snake Navel' has a magnificent view opening on Lori nature. We are currently running negotiations with a tourist organization to lay here a path with special signs and to establish an observation site on the top of the mountain. Rural guesthouses will also be established so as to develop culture and to show the advantages of the organic food. We will try to recover and show Lori traditions, rites and holidays together with Ardvi youth. We also want to establish small business points,''Integrated Rural Tourism Development' program coordinator Arman Valesyan represented Ardvi community perspectives in her interview with EcoLur. Arman Valesyan is aware of the intention to carry out geological prospecting of Shekaghbyur gold-polymetallic mine in Ardvi community. 'It's hard to say now what kind of impact a mining project will have on the potential to develop rural tourism. It's hard to make industrial zones attractive for tourists. For example, Urasar Village in Lori Region has magnificent nature and we also wanted to develop rural tourism there, but it was found out there was an open polymetallic mine in a distance of 400-500 meters, so this community was not included in our projects,' he said. Reminder: Ardvi community residents are against the implementation of the mining project and didn't allow the company to enter Ardvi and hold public hearings. The residents have also addressed an open letter to the Armenian Government demanding to reject the company's project.
11:45 August 03, 2017