Initial Phase of Conservation Program Wraps Up

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The initial phase of the 5-year Agrobiodiversity Conservation Program in Armenia completed this week. The program is supported by the UNDP with the financial assistance of the Global Environmental Foundation. The total cost of the program is $3,178,000 of which $150,000 have been contributed by the Armenian government. The initial phase of the program cost $ 97,000. The program is being implemented by the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia in conjunction with guest experts and consultants.

The results of the initial phase were summarized on May 14. The program will focus on measures to rehabilitate the network of specially protected areas of Armenia–such as nature reserves and national parks. Individuals are involved in the implementation of the part of the program concerning farms.

The program also envisages the component on better coordination of action of government agencies and NGOs.

The implementation of the program will help not only preserve the unique agrobiodiversity of Armenia but also tangibly improve the country’s agriculture and create new jobs.

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