Improved wildlife habitat management in the Gndasar-West Community Conserved Area of the South-East Lesser Caucasus Ecological Corridor through introduction of sustainable farming practices and enhanced patrolling system
* Quality Assured Data from SGP’s Annual Monitoring Process as of June 30, 2021.
Improved wildlife habitat management in the Gndasar-West Community Conserved Area of the South-East Lesser Caucasus Ecological Corridor through introduction of sustainable farming practices and enhanced patrolling system
Zangakatun Community is located in the western part of Ararat region and is included in the South-Eastern Lesser Caucasus Eco-Ecological Corridor. The Eco-Regional Corridors are defined in Ecosystem Profile, Caucasus Hotspot, developed by WWF with funding from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund in 2003.
In 2018, as part of Eco-Corridors Fund-supported activities, Zangakatun community established Gndasar-West Community Conserved Area (CCA) to promote ecologically sustainable land and resource use in 7,170 ha of communal land.

To implement the conservation activities in the eco-corridor of Zangakatun, the community administration and Fund for Biodiversity Conservation of Armenian Highland (FBCAH) signed 7 year-long conservation agreement with WWF-Armenia that includes a wildlife habitat management plan of Gndasar-West Community Conserved Area for the period of 2018-2025. The plan aims to help conserve valuable wildlife habitats and secure ecologically sustainable land use in Zangakatun community within the South-Eastern Lesser Caucasus ecological corridor in Armenia.
FBCAH, being in charge of the Gndasar-West Community Conserved Area management, will utilize the SGP funding to improve the wildlife habitat management in the community of Zangakatun through introduction of sustainable land use practices in agriculture, enforcement of patrolling and monitoring system and awareness raising among local population. In particular, the project plans to construct an efficient gravity-flow irrigation systems to make re-cultivation of about 27 hectares of idle farmlands possible; and enable farmers to cultivate high-value vegetable crops and fruit trees, such as late ripening apricots that are usually sold at a premium price. Additional income generated from re-cultivation of the idle lands will ultimately decrease the dependency of the local population from surrounding environment and reduced pressure on wildlife populations and thus support biodiversity conservation.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Fund For Biodiversity Conservation of Armenian Highland
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 31,920.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 21,700.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP6/Y4/STAR/BD/19/25
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Replication of project activities
Armenia has numerous communities with similar problems where low efficiency of conventional farming result in lower yields and incomes, making local population even more dependent on wildlife resources. Furthermore, due to the lack of awareness, the human factor in environmental conservation or destruction was not considered by local population and little efforts have been made to conserve the wildlife. Most of the communities in Armenia still oriented towards nature resource consumerism. Thus, the successful implementation of this complex model of community-oriented conservation introduced by the project will make it possible to replicate it in other biodiversity significant communities and regions of Armenia.
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
N/A
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Indicators
Biophysical
Hectares of globally significant biodiversity area protected or sustainably managed by project 7170
Empowerment
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 29
Livehood
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 29

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Mr. Arthur Karapetyan
Phone: +37491 737004
Email: akarapet62@yahoo.com
 

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