The Urtsadzor Eco-Training Center: Improving capacity of local villagers for sustainable use of biodiversity resources
The Urtsadzor Eco-Training Center: Improving capacity of local villagers for sustainable use of biodiversity resources
The core of the project is the set-up of an Eco-Training Center on communal land of Urtsadzor village. The village as well as the land belonging to the community is situated in the direct vicinity of the “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve. Although these communal territories have a high biodiversity value and form an important buffer zone for the reserve, the area’s flora and fauna is suffering from destructive anthropogenic activities. The poor protection of the reserve’s adjacent territories has a direct negative impact on the biodiversity in the protected area.
The proposed Eco-Training Center aims to address this problem by serving the local community to improve the inhabitants’ skills to use the area’s biodiversity resources sustainably. Moreover, as the village population suffers from poverty and migration due to lacking job opportunities, the Eco-Training Center will raise the local capacities to generate income based on environmentally friendly approaches and nature conservation (by offering trainings in eco-tourism, nature guiding, birding, sustainable practices in agriculture, etc.). The project will be implemented in close cooperation with Urtsadzor community and “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve administrations.
In the long term perspective the primary objective is to involve the entire community in the management and protection of a large pristine area of communal land adjacent to the village and to “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,990.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 78,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 16,599.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP5/Y2/CORE/BD/12/11
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
As project itself in most has an educative aspect, thus all the trainings will include the Global Environment conservation details, including the approaches to mitigate the Climate Change.
Notable Community Participation
Community members will be actively involved in the training courses targeted to the sustainable use of biodiversity resources, increase of income power etc. Besides, communities will be involved in practical environmental activities such as tree planting.
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Indicators
Biophysical
Number of globally significant species protected by project 4
Biophysical
Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 200
Empowerment
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 200
Livehood
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 200

Partnership

Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets

Grantee Contact

Mr. Ruben Khachatryan
Phone: 37410 55 52 09
Email: ruben@fpwc.org
 

Address

20 Myasnikyan str.
Yerevan , 0025
 

Website

http://www.fpwc.org

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan
Phone:
+374 60 530000+116
Fax:
(+374 10) 543811
Email:
Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
Phone:
+374 60 530000+117
Email:

Address

14 Adamyan St.
Yerevan, 0010

Country Website