Rehabilitation of degraded lands and agro-biodiversity through reforestation in Norashenik community of Syunik region
Rehabilitation of degraded lands and agro-biodiversity through reforestation in Norashenik community of Syunik region
During the Soviet times extensive deforestation activities were undertaken in 10 hectares of “Malin Gyol” area of Norashenik community to expand lands under wheat cultivation. During the energy crisis in 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, trees were logged in the area for firewood. Thus, over the next few decades, the lands have been exposed to intensive degradation, significantly destroying the forest ecosystem of the area. As a result, the underground water level decreased and 5 of 7 main springs of the community have dried out.
The project goal is to improve the agro- and forest-ecosystem services through reforestation of 5 ha of degraded land in Norashenik community of Syunik region. Meanwhile, by demonstrating sustainable land use and community forestry practices, the project will also contribute to restoration of carbon stocks, mitigate land degradation in forest and non-forest lands. To catalyze positive impact on local livelihoods, the project recommends planting “forest” pear (Pyrus Caucasica) and linden tree species. While the “forest” pear is of high economic value for the community members, the linden trees will help the local beekeepers to achieve high honey yields. The project also aims at supporting local capacity development to implement sustainable land use and community forestry practices through education and practical trainings.
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Project Snapshot

"Khustup" Nature Protection NGO
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 28,129.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 54.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 16,870.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
As part of women empowerment, the project will contribute to enhancement of women ability to sustain livelihoods of their families, since collection of non-timber forest products, production of fruit jams, compotes, and dried fruits is performed by women. It is estimated that women comprise at least 50% of the project beneficiaries.
Replication of project activities
Due to substantial deforestation occurred in Syunik region during the Soviet times and post-Soviet energy crisis period, the environmental and socio-economic problems addressed by this project are common to the forest adjacent communities. Thus the project has a great replication and upscaling potential both in Syunik region and throughout the country.
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Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 65
Hectares of degraded land rest 5
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 20000

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