Community-based ecotourism for sustainable livelihoods in Tumanyan district of Lori region
Community-based ecotourism for sustainable livelihoods in Tumanyan district of Lori region
Armenia's rich biodiversity is one of the most important preconditions for economic development in the country. Wildlife and endemic species of animals are conditioned by the development of agriculture such as crop production, livestock breeding, beekeeping, fish breeding, and some important branches of light and food industry. At the same time, due to overexploitation of natural resources, the level of anthropogenic changes in natural landscapes in Armenia is high. This has resulted in the reduction of areas occupied by wildlife, pollution, loss of habitat for certain species, and changes in the services provided by ecosystems.
The above-mentioned situation can be settled through sustainable eco-tourism development. It is planned to start with nature-based tourism, given its close relationship with fragile ecosystems and sensitive environment. From this perspective, eco-tourism, rural tourism, and nature-based adventure tourism, such as bicycling tourism, Zip-line opportunities, horse-ride tourism are most feasible.
The overall goal of the project is conservation of forest resources and maintaining vital ecosystem services for improved local livelihoods in Tumanyan and Gugark districts of Lori region.
The main objective is reducing forest-dependency of local population through utilization of ecotourism potential and conservation education in Dsegh and adjacent communities.
Within the project activities mapping of environmentally attractive touristic destinations and recourses to attract visitors is planned. The project will also strive to develop eco sensitive and environmentally responsible deposition among the young people residing in the northern marses of Armenia through establishment of eco-clubs for Wildlife and Nature. To diversify economic opportunities touristic infrastructures will be developed in target communities, as well as marketing Dsegh as the most interested place for eco, cultural, adventures historical tourism will be considered. This project will build on a unique TUC Touristic Center established through EU funding, as a social enterprise of the NGO Center, with 20% of its profits being directed to solving Community problems.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
“NGO Center” Civil Society Development NGO
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 2,484.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 18,652.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP6/Y4/STAR/BD/18/15
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Community meetings are most applicable to community awareness and involvement. The project will launch community meetings to engage residents in the process. During the project, information will be distributed through the official website of the NGO Center - www.ngoc.am, as well as by touristic web page managed by NGO Center - www.tripyourbike.am, the NGO Center's Youtube Channel and Facebook page. The information will be spread through the NGO Center mailing list (about 7,000 contacts). In order to disseminate the project information for broader strata of society, it is planned to involve regional mass media representatives (TV and newspapers) to disseminate information on the project outcomes.
Capacity - Building Component
During the project implementation it is planned to organize capacity development trainings for 75 youth on biodiversity conservation (“Birds and their protection”; “Forests in Armenia”; “Biodiversity”) and other related topics. In parallel, ToT /Training for Trainers/ for young people will be organized to will enable them to further transfer knowledge by using peer-to-peer method while teaching in their schools.
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Indicators
Biophysical
Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 3600
Empowerment
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 500
Livehood
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 900

Grantee Contact

Ms. Arpine Hakobyan
Phone: +374 322 4 33 15
Email: arp-hak@mail.ru
 

Address

9/2a Nzhdeh St.
Vanadzor , Lori , 2001

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