Protection of the mountain and steep landscapes of Vayots Dzor region through eco-tourism development
Protection of the mountain and steep landscapes of Vayots Dzor region through eco-tourism development
Gomk, Saravan and Artavan communities are located on the slopes of Vayk mountain range, about 14 km far from the city Vayk in Vayots Dzor region. These communities, with territory covering 17200 ha and population of about 1200, have been consolidated into one administrative authority. Locals are mainly engaged in cattle-breeding, beekeeping, wild harvesting and agriculture. The project target territory (5000 ha) is a part of the internationally recognized priority ecological corridor for IUCN Red List of Threatened Species such as Bezoar Goat (Capra aegagrus), Armenian Mouflon (Ovis orientailis gmelini) and also habitat for Caucasian Leopard (Panthera pardus ssp. saxicolor) with overall 28 species included in the Red Data book of Armenia and rich floral diversity. The main threats for biodiversity are poaching, illegal logging, overgrazing and unregulated tourism.
The project goal is to create enabling environment for conservation of the mountain-steppe landscapes of Vayots Dzor region through development of ecotourism and incorporation of nature-friendly practices into community livelihoods.
To reach this goal, the project will focus on achievement of the following results:
• Develop environmental management and ecotourism development plan to mitigate human-wildlife conflict;
• Create basic infrastructures for ecotourism and nature conservation, including installation of energy efficient street (LED) lighting system in Artavan;
• Establish and operate the community guides (local rangers) group to conserve local biodiversity;
• Conduct trainings and environmental awareness campaigns to enhance local understanding about the importance and value of biodiversity as well as economic activities contributing to its protection;
• Introduce biodiversity monitoring system through development of mobile application based on “citizen science” approach, and with involvement of guides, local people and eco-tourists.
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Project Snapshot

"Young Biologists Association" NGO
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 46,720.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 43,320.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Accumulated knowledge and lessons learnt will be shared with all stakeholders including state organizations, environmental NGOs, adjacent communities through meetings, presentations, media coverage, etc. The main project outcomes and reports will also be available on the project website.
Project sustainability
Introduction of the environmental management and ecotourism development plan will ensure long-term sustainability of the project results. Zaritap community has been committed to maintain infrastructure and support community guides/rangers group. In addition, revenue-sharing shemes from ecotourism and related services will be also considered.
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Number of globally significant species protected by project 6
Tonnes of CO2 decreased or avoided by energy efficient and renewable energy technologies or applying environmentally sustainable transport practices introduced by SGP Project 7
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 579
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 1155

Grantee Contact

Mr. Sargis Aghayan
Phone: +374 10 55 69 46


45 Charents St., Apt.40
Yerevan , 0025

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Mr. Hovhannes Ghazaryan
+374 60 530000+116
(+374 10) 543811
Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
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Yerevan, 0010

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