2019-12-25 00:00
Safe Ecological Corridors have been Established in Armenia
On December 19, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Regional Assistance for the Creation of Ecological Corridors program summarized its results. It lasted for 5 years, funded by the German government through KfW Development Bank.

The goal of the project was to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable land use without reducing the income of the local rural population.

The project was implemented in 26 communities of 3 provinces (Ararat, Syunik, Vayots Dzor). Thanks to small grants, these communities have tackled socio-economic issues such as road improvements, water pipes, outdoor lighting, and more.

For the implementation of sustainable land use experience, 5 communities of Ararat, Syunik and Vayots Dzor provinces have signed long-term environmental agreements of 7-10 years for implementation of environmental measures in 10 rural areas. The program created safe corridors for the movement of animals, resulting in significantly increased numbers of leopards, bezoar goats, and brown bears.

Environmental agreements allow for nature conservation while at the same time assisting communities in implementing socio-economic development measures. By using these funds, communities can also participate in state subsidy programs and attract additional funding from other sources. Co-financed by the Ecoregion Promotion Program:

• Provision of agricultural machinery, construction and passenger vehicles in Areni and Sisian,

• Providing solar water heaters to each household in Artavan,

• Introduction of irrigation system in Zangakatan for high value fruit production,

• Construction of huts and shepherds in Hors.