GIZ has been working in Armenia since the early 1990s. In 2002, GIZ established an office in Yerevan. More information on GIZ activities in Armenia can be found here.

The programme Integrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus (IBiS) is operating from 2015 to 2019. Armenia’s natural resources and its biodiversity are facing major challenges due to a lack of public awareness about sustainable management as well as poor coordination between actors. Climate change is exacerbating the problem. The goal is to support the government and the local population in finding new strategies for managing Armenia’s biodiversity and ecosystem more sustainably.

IBiS pilot measures are being carried out in the provinces of Aragatsotn, Shirak and Syunik, and in two state forest enterprises. Together, these areas cover roughly a quarter of the country's land area.

sample activities

REHABILITATION OF DEGRADED PASTURELAND

Fifteen mountain municipalities in Shirak, Aragatsotn and Syunik regions are rehabilitating their degraded pastureland with the help of IBiS. Maps identify land threatened by erosion, enabling appropriate rehabilitation methods to be selected and piloted. These include fencing-in areas to support natural regeneration, afforestation activities, pasture rehabilitation and bioengineering measures to control erosion and to improve pasture conditions. This is the first time that afforestation is being carried out on community land. The measures are designed in a way that they can be upscaled by the Government and other development partners elsewhere in the country.

Results:

  • Implementation of rehabilitation measures on more than 200 hectares of community owned land
  • Development of methodology to assess the sensitivity of pasture land to erosion, and elaboration of manuals for pasture management and monitoring

 


 

IMPROVING FRAMEWORKS AND SUPPORTING CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

The programme is supporting key stakeholders in establishing intersectoral biodiversity management structures. This goes along with developing a better information base, and on raising policy makers’ awareness on the integration of ecosystem services into development planning, and payment for ecosystem services.

Results:

  • Development of an IT-based forest management and information system together with the Ministry of Nature Protection (MoNP). The system provides a common database for its users: Armenia’s state forest management body, the "State Forest Monitoring Centre" SNCO as well as the Forest Enterprises (FEs) in whole Armenia. They can process and exchange information quicker and more sufficiently, making forest management easier.

 


 

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS / EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

IBiS is providing advise for the Environmental Education Network (an association of more than 30 local and international organizations) and the Ministry of Education and Science on incorporating elements of environmental education into secondary school curricula. This will help the next generation of Armenians better understand the country’s biodiversity and how to preserve it.

The Ministry of Nature Protection (MoNP) with support of GIZ also designs environmental awareness raising campaigns, journalists and other multipliers receive corresponding training accordingly.

 


 

PARTNERS

  • Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development (MoTAD)
  • Ministry of Nature Protection (MoNP)
  • Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)
  • “Hayantar” Committee
  • “State Forest Monitoring Center” SNCO
  • Enlarged communities in Aragatsotn, Shirak and Syunik regions
  • Hrzadan and Gugarq Forest Enterprises (FEs)
  • Yerevan State University (YSU)
  • American University of Armenia Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA ACE)
  • Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU)
  • Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia (PAARA)
  • Environmental Sustainability Assistance Center (ESAC)
  • Armenia Tree Project (ATP)
  • Strategic Development Agency (SDA)
  • Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC)

 


 

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4/1 Baghramyan Avenue.

0019 Yerevan, Armenia

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