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 conservation.
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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 supporters.
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 monitoring as developed in the Czech Republic.
About 38 experts from the Armenian Ministry of Environment, NGOs and experts of the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic and Finnish Environment Institute SYKE discussed today the proposed Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for Armenia. The strategy tackles the targets of the recently agreed Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.
Representatives from more than 160 countries agreed in Montreal on a groundbreaking plan to protect biodiversity by 2030. The Global Framework adopted today will significantly increase the proportion of protected areas on land and at sea, create a robust source of funding for wildlife conservation and gradually reduce the amount of pesticides used.
Within the scope of EU Twinning project „Strengthened protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in Armenia in line with the European standards", the experts of the Finnish Environmental Institute – SYKE conducted a training and field demonstrations on biodiversity monitoring for the staff of "Khosrov Forest" State Reserve.
A group of seven representatives from the Armenian Ministry of Environment and its SNCOs paid a study visit to Finland on 8-13 October 2022. The main themes of the study visit were the institutional set-up of nature conservation in Finland, biodiversity monitoring practises, and the management of biodiversity data flows.
The Armenian Ministry of Environment and the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic completed seminars in all 10 provinces of Armenia last week. The seminars focused on proposing legislative changes in nature conservation legislation and on suggestions related to enhancing institutions responsible for biodiversity conservation in Armenia. In addition, experience in cooperation with the public, and issues related to habitat fragmentations were discussed.
Representatives of Armenian institutions, SNCOs and NGOs visited the Czech Republic to find out about nature conservation approach in the European Union. Total of eight experts visited National Park Podyji and Protected Landscape Areas of Palava and Zdarske vrchy where they met with Czech nature conservationists.
Seminar on international conventions signed by the Republic of Armenia was held at the Ministry of Environment. The most important conventions related to nature conservation were introduced to various departments of the Ministry of Environment.
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