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World Environment Day in Stepanavan sights

12.06.2015
Stepanavan is a small town located in the northern part of Armenia, 1450 meters above sea level. Thanks to the rich and beautiful nature it has great potential for tourism development. Not far from Stepanavan, nearby Gyulagarak is located the Dendropark, which is one of the most picturesque places with great variety of species in Armenia.

It was founded in 1933, by Polish engineer-forester Edmon Leonovich, who over the years has acquired seeds, seedlings, from different corners of the world, grown and multiplied them, conducting research work.

Expanding year by year the area of Dendropark he managed to reach it to 35 hectares where over 700 species of plants are growing. Stepanavan forests, including Dendropark, are rich in a variety of trees, in which are dominating pine trees, which have bactericidal property, curing pulmonary diseases, especially during pollination, which has already begun.

On the initiative of Stepanavan Aarhus Center a campaign was organized to Dendropark on educational purposes. The participants met with Gyulagarak residents who complained that a sound of electric saw was heard from the forest, loggings are carried out. Later they spoke with A. Mikoyan, Stepanavan forestry director, who explained that at that time planned economy cuttings were carried out in Gyulagarak and Pushkino communities. To the question whether instead tree plantings are organized, the latter answered that since 2008 there were no tree plantings according to the plan.

Stepanavan region is also rich in rivers and cold freshwater and mineral mountainous springs, which have an important role in the integrity of natural ecosystems and human health. The local population uses for drinking only mountainous cold water. The largest among rivers is Dzoraget River, which in hot summer days hosts hundreds of tourists.

We visited Dzoraget, conducted regular monitoring: the water was clean, the children were swimming happily. Stepanavan Aarhus Center in collaboration with the local population should preserve Dzoraget and forests, the glory of Stepanavan.

Manya Meliqjanyan
Coordinator of Stepanavan Aarhus Center
Tell: (+374) 93 315108
E-mail: manya_lore@yahoo.com
Translated by Anush Beybutyan