Community livelihood improvement though introduction of sustainable management of natural resources in Hors, Aghndjadzor and Taratumb communities of Vayots Dzor region
Community livelihood improvement though introduction of sustainable management of natural resources in Hors, Aghndjadzor and Taratumb communities of Vayots Dzor region
The unique mountain forest and subalpine landscapes with poorly known and threatened biodiversity are located in Hors, Akhndjadzor and Taratumb communities of Vayots Dzor region of Armenia. The project area of 1700 hectares reflects the diversity of Vayots Dzor natural resources: mountains, forests, lake, wetlands and grassland with high value of biodiversity. Moreover, the target zone is adjoining eastern part of Khosrov Forest State Reserve and may serve as a buffer area and an ecological corridor for many endangered wild animals, as Leopards (Panthera pardus), Bezoar Goats (Capra aegagrus), Mouflons (Ovis orientailis) etc. Unfortunately, such rich biodiversity is currently threatened: the rapid developing farming and uncontrolled use of natural resources (poaching, logging and overgrazing, etc.) are major threats to ecosystems and wildlife here. The overall objective of the project is to promote nature conservation by reducing conflict between wildlife and local communities in Vayots Dzor area through incorporation of sustainable biodiversity-friendly income-generating practices into local community livelihoods.
The project specific activities include making an inventory and implementing monitoring of threatened ecosystems, establishing a community-based tourist infrastructure as well as raising awareness on biodiversity conservation and enhancing local capacity to implement bioresources-dependant sustainable livelihood practices. It is believed that introduction of eco-tourism in the project communities as a viable biodiversity-friendly livelihood practice in and around the NGO-managed protected area will generate additional sources of income and increase understating and awareness of the importance and value of rich biodiversity locally.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
"BEZOAR" SAVAGE NATURE AND HUNTING SPESIES PROTECTION NGO
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 41,120.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 12,200.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 34,950.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP5/Y3/CORE/BD/13/25
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
As a result of the project implementation local livelihoods will be improved through additional income generated from tourist services. Thus, livelihood opportunities will provide economic benefits to the local population and motivate them to protect and conserve natural resources and biodiversity which are attractive for tourism.
Replication of project activities
Current project is a pilot initiative, which will serve as a model for replication of Community Conservation Areas practice in other biodiversity rich areas of Armenia.
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Indicators
Biophysical
Number of globally significant species protected by project 8
Empowerment
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 80
Livehood
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 330

Partnership

WWF; Biodiva NGO

Grantee Contact

Mr. Khachatur Abrahamyan
Phone: +37493 17 04 78
Email: khachatur.abrahamyan@yahoo.com
 

Address

49 HALABYAN ST., APT. 23
Yerevan , 0036

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

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