Sanctuaries

  Presently, there are 26 sanctuaries in Armenia with a total area of 102 212.93 hectares or 3.44% of the territory of the republic.


 “Akhnabad Grove”

Year of establishment - 13.09.1958 (N P-341 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area  – 25 hectares
Departmental subordination - RA Ministry of Nature ProtectionDepartmental subordination – RA Ministry of Nature Protection 
Governing Organization –
“Dilijan” National Park” SNCO
Location –  RA Tavoush region, on the sloping ledge of Tsaghkot of Miapor mountain range, nearby Aghavnavank village, in the vicinity of Akhnabad church, at altitudes of 1400-1700m above sea level.
Protected object – berry type of residual yew.


“Arjatkhleni Hazelnut”

Year of establishment - 13.09.1958 (N P-341 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area - 40 hectares 
Departmental subordination – RA Ministry of Agriculture 
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Tavoush region, north-facing slopes of Ijevan mountain range, Khaghaghaghbyur river basin, at altitudes of 1500-1800 m above sea level.
Protected object – groves of residual hazelnut and plane. 


“Aragats Alpine”

Year of establishment - 29.01.1959  (N 20 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area - 300 hectares 
Departmental subordination –RA Ministry of Education and Science 
Governing Organization – “National Scientific Laboratory after A. I. Alikhanyan” (Yerevan Physics Institute).
Location –  RA Aragatsotn region, on the southern slope of Mount Aragats, in the vicinity of Lake Kari, at altitudes of 3200-3350m above sea level.
Protected object – glacial Lake Kari and adjacent alpine meadows.


“Arzakan-Meghradzor”

Year of establishment - 09.04.1971 (N 212 directive of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area -13 532 hectares 

Departmental subordination – RA Ministry of Agriculture 
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Tavoush region, Marmarik and Dalarik river basins, at altitudes of 1500-1800m above sea level.
Protected object – rare forest animals (spotted deer, brown bear, Caucasian grouse).


“Banksia pine” 

Year of establishment - 29.01.1959 (N 20 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area - 4 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture 
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Kotayk region, Marmarik river basin, slopes of Tsaghkunyants mountain range, at altitudes of 1500-1800m above sea level.
Protected object – unique nursery grove of Banksia pine. 


 “Gandzaqar”

Year of establishment - 09.04.1971 (N 212 directive of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area - 6 813 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture 
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Tavoush region, right-bank tributary of Aghstev river, Paytajur river basin, at altitudes of 820-890m above sea level.
Protected object – mountain forests, rare and valuable animals (deer, brown bear, Caucasian grouse)


 “Getik”
Year of establishment - 09.04.1971 (N 212 directive of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area -5 728 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture 
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Tavoush region, Getik river basin, at altitudes of 1500-2700m above sea level.
Protected object – mountain forests, rare and valuable animals (deer, brown bear, Caucasian grouse)


“Juniper sparse forest”

Year of establishment - 13.09.1958 (N 341 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area -3 312 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Nature Protection
Governing Organization – “Sevan” National Park”  SNCO
Location –  RA Tavoush region, on slopes of Areguni and Sevan mountain ranges, at altitudes of 1950-2500m above sea level.
Protected object – sparse forests with a predominance of Juniper berry, Stinking Juniper  and long-leaf Juniper species


“Gyulagark”

Year of establishment - 13.09.1958 (N 341 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area -2 576 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Lori region, slopes of Bazum and Gugarats mountains, the valley of  Qarhanqjur river,  at altitudes of 1300-1850m above sea level.
Protected object – residual pine forests


“Goris”

Year of establishment - 06.11.1972 (N 775  directive of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area -1850 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Syunik region, in Varakn basin, tributary of Vorotan river, at altitudes of 1400-2800m above sea level.
Protected object – forest landscapes and their typical fauna.


 “Goravan sands”

Year of establishment - 29.01.1959 (N 20 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area -95.99 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Nature Protection
Governing Organization – “Khosrov Forest” state reserve   SNCO
Location –  RA Ararat region, the northern part of Vedi city, nearby Goravan village,   at altitudes of 920-980m above sea level.
Protected object – rare sand desert and the flora and fauna characteristic of it.


“Yeghegnadzor”

Year of establishment - 16.11.1971 (N 375 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area -4200 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture
Governing Organization – “ArmForest” SNCO
Location –  RA Vayoc Dzor region, the right-bank tributary of Arpa river, Yeghegis river basin, at altitudes of 1200-2800 m above sea level.
Protected object – forest landscapes and fauna characteristics of them.


“Zikatar”

Year of establishment - 08.04.2010 (N 380-N decree of RA Government)
Area -150 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Nature Protection
Governing Organization – “Zikatar” Environmental Center” SNCO
Location –  RA Tavoush region, north-eastern slopes, Yeghegis river basin of Zikatar peak of Gugarants mountain range, at altitudes of 1250-1650 m above sea level.
Protected object – natural forest ecosystems.


 “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex”

Year of establishment - 15.10.2009 (N 1187-N  decree of the RA Government)
Area -17 368.77  hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Nature Protection
Governing Organization – “Shikahogh” state reserve” SNCO
Location –  RA Syunik region, southern slopes of Bagrushat mountain range and eastern slopes of Zangezur mountain range,  at altitudes of 2600- 3904m above sea level.
Protected object – meadow steppe, subalpine and alpine ecosystems.

“Shikahogh” state reserve
“Plane Grove” sanctuary
“Zangezur” state sanctuary
“Lake Sev” state sanctuary
 “Areviq” national park
“Boghakar” state sanctuary
“Khustup” state sanctuary


“Ijevan”

Year of establishment - 09.04.1971 (N 212  directive of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area -– 5908 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture
Governing Organization – “ArmForest” SNCO
Location –  RA Tavoush region, in Aghstev river basin, on slopes of Ijevan and Kayen mountain ranges,   at altitudes of 900-2100m above sea level.
Protected object – forest landscapes and fauna characteristics of them.


“Khor Virap”

Year of establishment - 25.01.2007 (N 975-N  decree of the RA Government)
Area - 50.28  hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Nature Protection
Governing Organization – “Khosrov Forest” state reserve  SNCO
Location –  RA Ararat region, in the vicinity of Khor Virap monastery complex,   at altitudes of 800-890m above sea level.
Protected object - humid ecosystems.


“Rhododendron Caucasicum”

Year of establishment - 29.01.1959 (N 20  decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area – 1000 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Lori region, north-facing slopes of Pambak and Tsaghkunyants mountain ranges, at altitudes of 1900-2200m above sea level.
Protected object – bushes of residual Rhododendron caucasicum species


“Hankavan hydrological”

Year of establishment - 17.09.2009 (N 1063-N  decree of the RA Government)
Area – 5169.04  hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Nature Protection
Governing Organization – “Reserve Park”  SNCO
Location –  RA Kotayk region, the upper stream of Marmarik river, slopes of Tsaghkunyants mountain range, at altitudes of 1950-2370m above sea level.
Protected object – mineral spring-fed basins


 “Herher open woodland” 

Year of establishment - 13.09.1958 (N 341 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area – 6139 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Vayoc Dzor region, the right-bank tributary  of Arpa river, Herher river basin, at altitudes of 1400-2000m above sea level.
Protected object – mineral spring-fed basins


“Margahovit”

Year of establishment - 09.04.1971  (N 212  directive of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area – 3368 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Lori region, slopes of Pambak and Tsghkunyants mountain ranges, Pambak river basin, at altitudes of 1900-2200m above sea level.
Protected object – humid forests and their typical fauna


“Vordan Karmir”

Year of establishment - 02.02.1987 (N 61  decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area – 219.85 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Nature Protection
Governing Organization – “Reserve Forest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Armavir region, in the vicinity of Arazap village, at altitudes of 835- 850m above sea level.
Protected object – saline habitats and saltwater plants of Armenian Vordan Karmir


“Jermuk Forest” 

Year of establishment - 13.09.1958 (N 341 decree of ArmSSR Council of Ministers)
Area – 3865 hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Agriculture
Governing Organization – “ArmForest”  SNCO
Location –  RA Vayoc Dzor region, Arpa river basin, at altitudes of 1100-2800m above sea level.
Protected object – Large oak mountain forests and fauna characteristics of them.


“Jermuk hydrological” 

Year of establishment - 17.09.2009 (N 1063-N decree of RA Government)
Area – 17 371  hectares 
Departmental subordination –  RA Ministry of Nature Protection
Governing Organization – “Reserve Park ”  SNCO
Location –  RA Vayoc Dzor region, the upper stream of Arpa river, at altitudes of 2100-2470m above sea level.
Protected object – mineral hot spring-fed basins

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