Today, "Forests and Education" workshop took place in “Armenia Marriott” hotel. The professional consultation was held within the framework of the International Day of Forests (IDF) proclaimed by the UN and annually celebrated on the 21st of March.
The theme of this year's International Day of Forests is “Forest and education – Learn to Love Forests”.
Minister of Nature Protection Erik Grigoryan, Deputy Ambassador of German Federal Republic to Armenia Klaus Wendelberger, UNDP Resident Representative Dmitry Mariyasin , sectorial experts, representatives of state and higher education institutions took part in the workshop.
Congratulating on the occasion of the International Day of Forests, Minister Erik Grigoryan noted that the theme of the day is remarkable for our country. The Minister advised that for many years the forest was subjected to considerable pressures due to objective and subjective reasons, as a result of which tangible forest areas were subjected to degradation. "It is time to return to the forest what it has given us over these years”. The Ministry of Nature Protection has begun large-scale discussions on a new concept of forestry reforms, in which specialists of academic circles, international and non-governmental organizations will be involved. “Every citizen of Armenia, as well as the Diaspora’s potential must be involved in forest conservation and restoration process'': the Minister of Nature Protection stated in his remarks.
Deputy Ambassador of German Federal Republic to Armenia Klaus Wendelberger attributed significance to Armenia's rich biodiversity - notably preservation of forests - stating that his country has always backed and will continue to support the Armenian Government's efforts in that direction.
Dmitry Mariyasin submitted joint projects implemented by the UNDP and the Ministry of Nature Protection in the sphere of forestry. The UNDP Resident Representative noted that the Government of Armenia has launched an ambitious project that envisages to increase Armenia's forest areas up to 20.1% by 2050, and expressed willingness to work jointly in a bid to effectively implement large-scale measures.
Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Ayser Ghazaryan presented the main principles of the state policy in forestry sphere, steps undertaken to introduce modern technology driving forest management. The Deputy Minister attached importance to the promotion of alternative forest use, excluding to deem it as a source of timber.
The participants of the workshop prioritized the development of projects and the application of productive actions to lessen the pressure on the forest. In particular, advancement of alternative fuels – manufacturing and using pellets – strengthening of forest management efficiency through legislative and institutional reforms and combating deforestation were outlined. Sectorial specialists considered the implementation of consistent and constructive steps primary in increasing Armenia’s forest cover.
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