IDeA and WWF to Establish Tatev National Park

Tatev Monastery with its tramway in the background (Photo: Matthew Karanian)


YEREVAN—On Friday, the Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation and World Wildlife Fund in Armenia (WWF Armenia) signed an agreement on cooperating in nature conservation and development of ecotourism in Armenia, Mediamax reports.

IDeA and WWF Armenia will carry out joint works to enhance the management of the Devil’s Bridge natural monument and will initiate projects aimed at the establishment of a specially protected new natural conservation area – Tatev National Park.

The abovementioned initiatives aim to preserve the area’s special ecosystem and uniquely high, yet fragile, biodiversity and to promote ecotourism.

“Our cooperation is aimed at environmental protection and tourism development in the Tatev region,” said Head of IDeA Foundation Armen Gevorgian. “One of the main goals of the “Tatev Revival” project carried out by the IDeA Foundation is to make the region attractive in terms of tourism, which in turn will promote the social-economic development of the adjacent communities. We have all necessary prerequisites for it – medieval monastic complex, aerial tramway, rich nature and unique ecosystem the conservation of which is also important in terms of ecotourism development. I am convinced our joint efforts will help us realize all projects aimed at the development of this region,” Gevorgian said.

“We attach great importance to our cooperation with IDeA Foundation as the unique ecosystem and biodiversity of Tatev will be preserved, and adjacent communities will have broader opportunities to improve their livelihoods,” said WWF Armenia Director Karen Manvelian.

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