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The Forgotten Paths of Nature

On June 3, at Aarhus Center of Yeghvard, the project “The Forgotten Paths of Nature” was launched, which was carried out in cooperation with the youth environmental NGO “Yeghvard” and the NGO Federation of Youth Clubs of Armenia /FYCA/. The goal of the project was to raise the level of awareness of young people in Kotayk Marz on the importance of biodiversity conservation and to contribute to the supplement of the list of nature monuments of Kotayk Marz (RA). The project was attended by young people not only from Kotayk Marz, but also from Yerevan and other marzes. The project was supported by the Youth Foundation of Armenia within the framework of

the grant provided by the RA President. The project included a two-day seminar and campaigns to Bujakan, Aghveran, Hankavan, Garni, Aghavnadzor.

From June 3 to 4 the two-day seminar of the project was held, during which the expert presented the conservation issues and peculiarities of biodiversity of RA marzes, paticularly Bujakan, Aghveran, Hankavan, Garni, Aghavnadzor communities to the participants through non-formal education, and as a guarantee for the progress of the community was given information on nature monuments. The young people were presented a workshop about photographic skills through theoretical knowledge on getting correct and beautiful photos, which they will use during campaigns.

The participants of the seminar presented their viewpoints and suggestions on the biodiversity conservation and development of ecotourism through group works.

The two-day seminar was followed by campaigns to Garni, Aghavnadzor and Hankavan for discovering new monuments of nature and places of interest. In parallel with the campaigns, the young people held cognitive discussions with the expert on the biodiversity of the territory, ecosystem and so on.

The campaigns to Bujakan and Aghveran will continue in Jule, after the aviation measures of chemical control over pests and diseases in the forests of Kotayk Marz being realized since June 20.
It should be mentioned that by photographing and collecting information about the beautiful places of interest in the above mentioned communities, the young people will present biodiversity as a stimulus of the community development. At the end of the project a booklet about the biodiversity of that places, more significant nature monuments and places of interest will be published based on the collected information.

Ruzanna Manyan
Coordinator at Aarhus Center in Yeghvard
Tel.: (+374) 94 331055, 224 22933
Email: info_yeghvard@aarhus.am , ruzannamanyan@gmail.com
Translated by Ruzanna Manyan