Artsvik Minasyan met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Armenia

01-11-2017

On October 31 the RA Minister of Nature Protection Artsvik Minasyan had a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Armenia Judith Margaret Farnworth. The top management of the ministry, head of Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection Body of the RA MNP were engaged. The Minister addressed the Ambassador and noted the importance of the meeting meant for the future; the latter can open up new perspectives for the partnership. The meeting focused on the issues regarding wild animals, in particular the distribution of brown bears in captivity and wildlife conservation.  
 Before proceeding to the issue, the Minister made an in-depth presentation of the ministry’s functions, adopted policy in environmental protection by the ministry as well as ongoing and envisaged structural reforms, reflected upon real possibilities of cooperation, which will ensure utmost preservation of fauna and flora. The Minister referred to the special action already implemented, by setting about a project which will enable transferring the bears kept in captivity to relevant rescue and rehabilitation centre.      
Artsvik Minasyan stressed that implementation of all activities will provide public transparency and accountability. Attributing importance to Armenia biodiversity, the Minister emphasized that they will be consistent in implementing all works: revealing of animals kept in captivity, transferring to Caucasus Wildlife Refuge and their inhabitations in the suitable environment. Meanwhile, the Minister stressed that the RA Ministry of Nature Protection stands against the export of those animals in order to conserve Armenian nature.        
Ambassador Farnworth welcomed the steps undertaken by the ministry, returning to the issue, stated that there are no bears in Great Britain, however there are citizens concerned about the future of animals and greeted the launch of an important initiative with joy. Touching on the publications about the bears kept in captivity, the Ambassador stated that she is delighted to record a positive response of that negative publication and addressed the steps assumed by the RA Ministry of Nature Protection.             
At the meeting the parties also discussed the opportunities of the partnership, expressed readiness for delivery of corresponding information and once again put a great store on collaborative work, that may become exemplary. 

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