Improving Energy Efficiency for conservation of forest ecosystems in Zaritap Community Conserved Area of South-Eastern Lesser Caucasus Ecological Corridor
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Improving Energy Efficiency for conservation of forest ecosystems in Zaritap Community Conserved Area of South-Eastern Lesser Caucasus Ecological Corridor
Artavan village of Vayots Dzor region is located in one of the Key Biodiversity Areas within South-Eastern Lesser Caucasus Ecological Corridor, identified as a conservation priority in the Caucasus by Conservation International and WWF and, supported through Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. It is among 8 villages consolidated under administration of Zaritap municipality, which established a Community Conserved Area (CCA) covering 7,531 ha, forming a part of the South-Eastern Lesser Caucasus Ecological Corridor in 2017. Later on, the community signed a conservation agreement with Martiros Foundation and WWF-Armenia to conserve valuable wildlife habitats and secure ecologically sustainable land use in the community. The agreement includes the Wildlife habitat management plan of Zaritap CCA for 2018-2025 covering also the natural forest territories adjacent to Artavan village. Conservation of Artavan forest will contribute to increase of population of such species as Caucasian Leopard, Bezoar Goat, Brown Bear and Lynx. Since Artavan village does not have access to natural gas the forest is used by the local population as the main source for household heating which negatively influences the forest ecosystem, providing habitat for a vast array of globally significant plant and animal species.
The project aims to conserve the forest ecosystem in Artavan by reducing the dependence of the local population on forest resources through improving the energy performance of the community households and public facilities. In particular, the project plans to install solar thermal and PV systems to reduce daily wood fuel consumption by the households and public facilities. The project will also contribute to the community’s resilience to climate change and increase local awareness on value of biodiversity critical ecosystems, as well as understanding on biodiversity-friendly and climate-smart livelihood practices in and around conservation areas.
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Project Snapshot

MARTIROS Charity Foundation
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 37,544.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 16,100.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Almost 50% of the community population are women who bear the burdens of domestic work. They will be the main beneficiaries of the project, as women spend a lot of time on heating their houses and ensuring hot water supply for household needs. Availability of hot water will improve household comfort and ensure considerable time saving for women.
Notable Community Participation
As local youth are directly involved in collecting wood from the forest, it is envisaged that they will be directly involved in the installation of solar systems in their households. It is also planned to promote knowledge transfer and practical education on RES and EE for youth and other stakeholders through “learning by doing” approach. Moreover, the youth will be also involved in wildlife monitoring activities under supervision of local caretakers and WWF experts.
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