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On 19 November representatives of the EU Delegation to Armenia, the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture, “Hayantar” State Non-Commercial Organisation and WWF Armenia attended the Gugarq forest enterprise in Lori province. It is one of two forest enterprises that have undergone transformation to contribute to climate change-resistant forests. Forest transformation is being carried out within the framework of the EU-funded project called “Increasing the Resilience of Forest Ecosystems against Climate Change in the Southern Caucasus through Forest Transformation”.

The representative of the EU Delegation to Armenia, John Barker, noted that this was a regional project that included Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Overall, 450 hectares are due to be transformed within the framework of the project: ‘We are trying to implement innovative methods and improve environmental issues in the region’.

Project Coordinator Arthur Alaverdyan talked about the objectives of the project: ‘Within the scope of the project we will try to transform forests in selected pilot sites, from homogeneous to diverse, as the latter is more resistant to the climate alterations. At the Lernantsk pilot site of the Gugark forest enterprise we have transformed 24 hectares of woods so that, in the near future, we will have various types of trees. In addition to the transformational component our project includes capacity-building, awareness-raising and educational components, and cooperation with different sate institutions and neighbouring communities’.

A forest transformation manual will be created to disseminate information and promote the transformation of various sites in Armenia. The initiators of the project believe that it will decrease the unemployment in communities, as all the work is being carried out by local community members.

Two pilot sites covering a total area of 150 hectares, the Gugarq and Noyemberyan forest enterprises managed by “Hayantar” SNCO (in Lori and Tavush regions respectively), will be transformed into more resilient and “close-to-nature” forests. The fencing of pilot sites was finalised at the end of 2012; transformation activities began in autumn 2012 and will end in spring 2015. The project is being implemented by WWF Armenia with the objective to mitigate climate change impacts and improve the biodiversity and livelihoods of local populations.