Forest Transformation in Armenia | EUNewsletter

Forest Transformation in Armenia

20 August 2014
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An awareness-raising and educational event was held for the pupils and teachers of the Koghb art school on 6 August 2014 within the framework of the EU-funded project called “Forest Transformation”. The school is situated on land belonging to the Noyemberyan Forest Enterprise of “Hayantar” SNCO (Tavush marz).

The aim of the event was to present EU-funded projects implemented by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and to raise awareness on forest protection, on the vital role of forests for people, on the significance of re/afforestation, and on forest transformation in Armenia.


Matthias Lichtenberger, International Project Leader at WWF, highlighted that the project was not only about planting trees and other technical inputs: ‘One of the most important aspects of the project is environmental education and raising awareness. I think that we are currently in the right place with the right people interested in this matter – we often underestimate the role of such events, the value of sitting in the forest. Forests actually trigger a lot of creativity’.

Karen Manvelyan, WWF Project Manager in Armenia, also noted the importance of this kind of event to teach citizens to care about the environment and be responsible.

A creative contest entitled “The Forest and Me” was organised during the event for a group of 11-18-year-old participants and another group of 18-30-year-old participants from the art school. Paintings, photos, sculptures, handicrafts and other creations were exhibited, and the top three candidates from each group were awarded with prizes. The awards included tablets (first places), digital cameras (second places), and backpacks (third places). All contest participants received an EU visibility package with a t-shirt and
baseball cap. Later in the evening a free cultural programme was held, involving theatrical and musical performances, and poetry. The event concluded with a film about a brown bear and a slideshow of wild animal photos.

Forest Transformation in Armenia

An awareness-raising and educational event was held for the pupils and teachers of the Koghb art school on 6 August 2014 within the framework of the EU-funded project called “Forest Transformation”. The school is situated on land belonging to the Noyemberyan Forest Enterprise of “Hayantar” SNCO (Tavush marz).

The aim of the event was to present EU-funded projects implemented by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and to raise awareness on forest protection, on the vital role of forests for people, on the significance of re/afforestation, and on forest transformation in Armenia. Matthias Lichtenberger, International Project Leader at WWF, highlighted that the project was not only about planting trees and other technical inputs: ‘One of the most important aspects of the project is environmental education and raising awareness. I think that we are currently in the right place with the right people interested in this matter – we often underestimate the role of such events, the value of sitting in the forest. Forests actually trigger a lot of creativity’. Karen Manvelyan, WWF Project Manager in Armenia, also noted the importance of this kind of event to teach citizens to care about the environment and be responsible. A creative contest entitled “The Forest and Me” was organised during the event for a group of 11-18-year-old participants and another group of 18-30-year-old participants from the art school. Paintings, photos, sculptures, handicrafts and other creations were exhibited, and the top three candidates from each group were awarded with prizes. The awards included tablets (first places), digital cameras (second places), and backpacks (third places). All contest participants received an EU visibility package with a t-shirt and baseball cap. Later in the evening a free cultural programme was held, involving theatrical and musical performances, and poetry. The event concluded with a film about a brown bear and a slideshow of wild animal photos.