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This website contains information on Twinning project „Strengthened protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in Armenia in line with the European standards“

„Strengthened protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in Armenia in line with the European standards“

Our goals are the following:

  • - to assist in preparation of new legislation on nature and biodiversity conservation

  • - to assist in institutional development and governance in the field of nature and biodiversity conservation

  • - to raise awareness on proposed legislation and institutional changes strengthening biodiversity and nature conservation

  • - to establish long lasting professional contacts among our countries

Who we are

Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic

Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (NCA CR) is a governmental body established by the law on Nature and Landscape Conservation. The main aim of NCA CR is to protect and conserve nature and landscape on the whole territory of the Czech Republic. The NCA CR manages 24 Protected Landscape Areas (IUCN Category V) and about 800 other types of protected nature areas (IUCN categories Ia, III, IV).

Finnish Environmental Institute – SYKE

Finish Environmental Institute – SYKE is a multidisciplinary research and expert institute in Finland. The Finnish Environment Institute produces relevant information, novel understanding and innovative solutions for achieving sustainable development. It is a central body implementing the Nature directives in Finland and coordinating the reporting under the Nature directives.

Armenian Ministry of Environment

Armenian Ministry of Environment is responsible for the protection of environment and manages Armenian National Parks and other types of protected areas.

Latest news & events


Final Project Conference

Final conference of the Twinning project was organised at the American University of Armenia yesterday, March 15, 2023. The project has focused on enhancement of the Armenian legislation in biodiversity and nature conservation, as well as on increasing effectivness of the government institutions responsible for nature


Final Conference of the Twinning Project

After more than two years, the Twinning Project is coming to its end. The project will conclude with a final conference on 15th March at the American University of Armenia. The Twinning team will share the project findings and results with its Armenian colleagues, interested stakeholders and


Armenian Experts in the Czech Republic

Altogether six representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Government of the Republic of Armenia, Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Center and Zangezur Biosphere Complex SNCO took part in the visit to become familiar with the principles of Emerald sites designation process, their management, and approach to biodiversity

arguments for strong nature conservation as a basis for sustainable development

Project description

short explanation of the project history and context with CEPA

By signing CEPA, the Republic of Armenia agreed to undertake measures geared towards improved protection and sustainable use of biodiversity. Those, in particular, envisage review and alignment of the national legislation with the EU standards; preparing inventory of sites, designation of these sites and establishing priorities for their management; establishing measures required for the conservation of such sites; establishing a system to monitor conservation status of species; and establishing a mechanism to promote education and general information to the public.

After preparation of the project fiche for EU Twinning programme (European Union instrument for institutional cooperation) by the Armenian Ministry of Environment, the EU organised an open tender for the project fiche implementation. Project of a consortium formed by the Czech Nature Conservation Agency and Finnish Environmental Institute was selected and approved for funding.


our goals, outcomes and components

The overall objective of this project is to strengthen conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Armenia in line with international/EU standards.


The project comprises of three components:


  • drafting legislation on biodiversity conservation in Armenia
  • capacity building and proposing efficient institutional set up
  • awareness raising

Our team