Conservation of Wildlife Corridors through Community-based Eco-tourism Development
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Conservation of Wildlife Corridors through Community-based Eco-tourism Development
The main goal of the project is conservation of migratory routs of large mammals and habitats of other biodiversity species listed in the Red Data Book of Armenia and IUCN as well as improvement of socio-economic conditions of the local population in selected areas of Vayots Dzor region. The project aims to mitigate a negative anthropogenic impact on wildlife through introduction of biodiversity-friendly livelihood practices and raising awareness of local population on conservation of sensitive areas and habitats while increasing understanding about the importance and value of local biodiversity.
The target area covers 1000 hectares of steppe and mountain-steppe landscapes on the lands of Azatek and Zedea rural settlements. This area is part of the Lesser Caucasus Eco-corridor, designated by the World Wildlife Fund, and is extremely rich with biodiversity of national and global significance, listed in the international and national Red Data Books. It also serves as a migration corridor for a number of endangered species, such as the Armenian mouflon (Ovis landmarktailis), Bezoar goat (Capra aegagrus aegagrus) and Caucasian leopard (Panthera pardus).
As in many other areas, anthropogenic factors of recent decades, especially poaching, unregulated collection of herbs, unsustainable agriculture and leisure (recreation) practices, etc. combined with high level of rural poverty have had a significant negative impact on the environment and continue to threaten the integrity of these important ecosystems. Therefore, the project will primarily focus on the development of alternative sources of income for the rural communities, involvement of the local population in nature-based conservation activities, combined with extensive environmental awareness campaigns.
The project will be implemented in close cooperation with local authorities and rural population, as well as with technical support and co-financing from the WWF office in Armenia.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
“Green Shield” NGO
Country:
Armenia
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,979.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 30,540.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 18,600.00
Project Number:
ARM/SGP/OP6/Y5/CORE/BD/19/30
Status:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Influence
Community-oriented form of conservation introduced by the project will inform the community-level stakeholders and decision-makers about effective approaches for sustainable use and management of ecosystems. Therefore, the demonstrated community-based ecotourism development model within the Lesser Caucasus Eco-corridor will enhance target communities for better designing and implementing environmental protection activities under community socio-economic development programs.
Replication of project activities
It is believed that the proposed community-based nature conservation model, which is derived from multi-stakeholder cooperation (NGO, Local Community, International organization), may lay ground for replication in other biodiversity-sensitive areas of Armenia.
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Indicators
Biophysical
Number of globally significant species protected by project 7
Empowerment
Total additional in cash or in kind support obtained for sustaining, up-scaling, and replicating SGP supported project (in US dollars) 35000
Livehood
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 150

Grantee Contact

Mr. Armen Beglaryan
Phone: +37494525618
Email: greenshieldhk@gmail.com
 

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Yerevan , 0054

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Ms. Svetlana Harutyunyan
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