Bird Species in Armenia May Become Extinct

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–More than half of the bird species in Armenia may become instinct because of land privatization. Many environmental NGOs have expressed their concern in this connection. An action to preserve Armenia’s birds will be organized on March 16 in Yerevan upon the initiative of the Center of Birds’ Lovers. The action is supported by the Ministry of Nature Protection–Yerevan’s Municipality–the Institute of Zoology of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia–the "Union of the Green" public organization–the Armenian Botanical Society and others. Participants of the event will put up 120 starling-houses in parks and public gardens of Yerevan.

According to chairwoman of the "Center of Bird Lovers" Silva Adamian–there are over 350 species of birds in Armenia. Many species nest in water basins. After Lake Gilli dried–the alternative for birds have been water basins of the fishery in the Ararat Region. After privatization–basins started to turn into swamps from lack of financial means for their cleaning.

The Ministry of Nature Protection has supported the proposal on the creation of a game reserve on a territory belonging to the state. The proposal also contained an economic motivation – development of ornitotourism–a type of tourism popular in the West and Japan targeting bird lovers.

The government of Armenia is known to have denied the proposal because of the continuing privatization of lands. The environmental community hopes that the government will take these argumen’s into consideration.

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