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  • REC project in Armenia
    as priority biomes for conservation efforts at eco region levels With its high level of diversity and endemism as well as specific evolutional processes and unique historical floral and faunal development the Caucasus Eco region is of great significance in terms of environmental and biodiversity preservation The Caucasus has been named a large herbivore hotspot by the WWF and 50 species of globally threatened animals and one globally endangered plant have been identified in the Caucasus The Caucasus Mountains harbor a wealth of highly sought after medicinal and decorative plants as well as unique relic and endemic plant communities Yet biodiversity in the Caucasus is being lost at an alarming rate due to unsustainable logging overgrazing poaching infrastructure development and pollution Immediate actions and long term Eco region based conservation strategies are required to halt the destruction and guarantee protection of this globally important center of biodiversity The Major Goal of the project Support Development of Biodiversity Conservation Policies and Practices in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus implemented by REC Caucasus is to build capacity of local communities and authorities to address biodiversity loss in forest ecosystems of mountain regions of South Caucasus in order to improve participatory biodiversity management The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and focuses on three mountain regions of the South Caucasus The Racha region in Georgia the Yeniyol and Shehriyar regions in Azerbaijan and the Koghb and Jujevan regions in Armenia The Project duration is 2011 2014 The following Specific Objectives were identified Raise awareness and knowledge of local communities local authorities in mountain regions and decision makers at national level on values of forest ecosystems services and biodiversity as well as benefits of conservation and sustainable use Increase willingness to protect biodiversity Introduce practices of participatory biodiversity management planning at local level Demonstrate practical application through implementation of pilot projects on restoration of degraded forest ecosystems and respective enhancement of their values To achieve the above mentioned project goal and objectives the following Activities will be performed 1 Awareness raising and increasing willingness to protect biodiversity 1 1 An economic assessment of values of ecosystems services and biodiversity including forest ecosystems in surrounding areas of selected communities will be performed at initial stage of the project as a pilot study TEEB evaluation The assessment is vital for local communities and authorities as well as desicion makers at national level to better understand the importance of biodiversity conservation as well as the benefits from it to make reasonable and proper decisions and to conduct efficient and well informed planning proceses based on the latest approaches 1 2 Conduct awareness raising activities such as social events media tours publications 1 3 Conduct regional conference meetings for knowledge and experience sharing 2 Introducing biodiversity management planning 2 1 Perform forest resource use study in surrounding areas of selected target communities in Racha region in Georgia Yeniyol and Shehriyar regions in Azerbaijan and Koghb and Jujevan regions in Armenia 2 2 Development

    Original URL path: http://rec-caucasus.am/support-development-of-biodiversity-conservation-policies-and-practices-in-mountain-regions-of-the-south-caucasus/ (2016-02-14)
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    within the context of the HFA framework and promote learning and planning approach to identify the main challenges and constraints facing at risk communities and develop practical recommendations and ways to improve progress Objectives A To provide an independent global overview of progress towards developing effective local governance for implementation of the HFA B To strengthen public accountability for effective HFA implementation by establishing independent local level policy monitoring and reporting processes C To increase dialogue and interaction between local authorities civil society and community stakeholders to monitor progress share information formulate policy positions develop partnerships and coalitions and contribute towards multi stakeholder efforts to implement the HFA on the ground Outcomes A Increased public awareness on DRR and understanding of role and importance of local governance to support effective implementation of the HFA at the local level B Adequate understanding and trust between public civil society and community stakeholder responsible for disaster risk reduction C Adequate practical experience capacity knowledge and learning of all sectors on DRR D Effective research analytical and advocacy capabilities among project participants E Increased political commitment for disaster risk reduction investments at the local level F Increased public awareness ownership and demand for building safety and resilience Project Participants To implement Views from the Frontline national focal points will need to be established in each of the participating countries These are called National Coordinating Organisations NCO In this project the role of NCO is assigned to REC Caucasus Armenia BO NCOs coordinate the review process and promote participation of a broad range of Civil Society Organisations and community leaders at the national and local levels Participating Organisations In addition NCOs lead on the analysis and dissemination of the results holding of consultations and drafting of the national report which outlines summary findings and recommendations

    Original URL path: http://rec-caucasus.am/views-from-the-frontline/ (2016-02-14)
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  • REC project in Armenia
    In addition to losses of biological diversity over the past 100 years the climate change represents an additional factor of impact on an already at risk ecosystems Thus serious decline in overall biological diversity is expected Considering the necessity of biodiversity conservation on which human livelihoods directly depend an elaboration of integrated programme for sustainable management of biological resources in light of climate change risk need to be developed The level of biodiversity in the Caucasus is relatively well known Based on recent data there are 6 300 6 350 plant species in the region In this regard the Caucasus is the richest floristic region among the regions of temperate climate zones The Caucasus is one of the oldest and richest centres of agro biodiversity and agricultural activities here date back to the 5 6th millennium BC Over the decades the biodiversity in the Caucasus has been affected by more extensive anthropogenic activities For instance agriculture sector being for many years a major economy sector in the Caucasus countries due to extensive development over the last 50 years resulted into transformation of many ecosystems into arable lands pastures and hay fields which in turn resulted in changes and even loos of some natural habitats and ecosystem significant environmental pollution land degradation salinization degradation of pastures etc The project has the regional scope and will address policy and institutional issues in the South Caucasus countries as well as pilot the activities in selected rural communities located in arid and semi arid geographical areas to promote community based sustainable practices for agro biodiversity use and conservation to reduce risk of climate change negative impact that benefit both the rural population and the environment Specific objectives of the project are 1 To promote agro biodiversity conservation and adaptation to Climate change through introduction of supportive policy framework at national and local level 2 To improve institutional and individual capacity for sustaining agro biodiversity in arid and semi arid ecosystems and increasing livelihood level in face of climate change 3 Support in development and implementation of coping mechanisms to improve resilience of local communities to future climate change through introduction of sustainable agricultural practices in selected regions The project will contribute to the promotion of sustainable livelihood and alleviation of poverty via better understanding of problems related to climate change impact its socio economic dimension particularly affecting ecosystem integrity rural production and food security by introducing of adaptation practices developing regulatory and institutional framework to consider climate change issues in planning enhancing local capacities for sustaining their livelihood level in face of climate change and developing the replication strategy to extend results of the activities and upscale best practices in other regions of the South Caucasus Main activities To conduct field inventories and develop vulnerability profiles for agro biodiversity resources in priority areas of the most vulnerable arid and semi arid ecosystems To conduct gap analysis of the regional local development strategies and plans related to conservation of biodiversity and agriculture in light of

    Original URL path: http://rec-caucasus.am/identification-and-implementation-of-adaptation-response-to-climate-change-impact-for-conservation-and-sustainable-use-of-agro-biodiversity-in-arid-and-semi-arid-ecosistems-of-south-caucasus/ (2016-02-14)
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  • REC project in Armenia
    Projects Capacity Development and Information Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Environmental Policy and Integration Program Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Our Services Consulting Advocating Advising Capacity Building Confidence Building Events Library Environmental Reports Environmental Publications REC Caucasus Publications International Conventions Processes International Conventions International Processes Useful Links Environmental Calendar 2014 Contact Us 30 Aug Management of the Transboundary Joint Secretariat Nature Conservation in the Caucasus The Transboundary Joint Secretariat TJS provides support to the Ministries of Environment of Armenia Azerbaijan and Georgia to increase regional sector harmonization and sector development in nature conservation and related socio economic development The TJS is implemented as one of three components of the Ecoregional Nature Protection Programme for the Southern Caucasus which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ through KfW The Ecoregional Programme aims to preserve the bio diversity in the Southern Caucasus in the long term by harmonizing the objectives and instruments of resource protection through cross border cooperation among the respective national environmental actors Besides TJS the other two components in the Ecoregional Programme are Support to Individual Protected Area projects Individual PA projects and Financing Contributions to the Caucasus Nature Fund CNF All three components are intrinsically linked and designed to work closely together to provide maximum synergy Objective Harmonization and further development of the sectors Establishment and or improvement of the instruments for a sound implementation of the sector policies sector concepts and sector guidelines Development of financing strategies and instruments for a sustainable funding of protected areas in Armenia Azerbaijan and Georgia Outcome A Reduced the pressure on land use at the selected locations B Supported the sustainable socio economic development of the local population in harmony with nature C Harmonized sector policies of relevant ministries D Developed Financial Cooperation strategies and

    Original URL path: http://rec-caucasus.am/management-of-the-transboundary-joint-secretariat-nature-conservation-in-the-caucasus/ (2016-02-14)
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  • REC project in Armenia
    forests located close to rural populated areas mainly had been considered as community forests After introduction of collective farm system kolkhozes former community forests were leased for long period to these Kolkhozes Disintegration of the Soviet Union was characterized by long term economic crisis shortage in fuel and heating materials influenced especially every day life of rural communities Former Kolkhoz forests became main source for fuel wood This has been resulted in significant forest degradation In addition latter on rural population started to use forests for industrial logging for income generation Abovementioned forced national governments of former soviet republics to consider new system of forest management Government granted to all forests state status For 2007 almost all forests within Caucasus region were under state management In Armenia Azerbaijan and Georgia forests have been transferred from former Kolkhoz forests back into state ownership with destruction of Kolkhoz system and introduction of the new legislations in the beginning and mid 90s Former Kolkhoz forests that provided user rights to communities during the Soviet era are typically located along high and lower mountain slopes and valley floors In this context it may safely be stated that most former Kolkhoz forests are heavily de graded through over grazing and over cutting However in recent year s fast growing market economies and trends towards decentralisation in management of different sectors brought new challenges on the agenda of the Caucasus governments in terms of forest management New forest codes declare new types of ownership on forests in addition to state ownership Currently local self governing bodies have certain rights and responsibilities over forests but their nature and scope is not fully clear The exact area under local governing body control is not known because the legal process of transferring responsibility has not been completed and tenure rights and responsibilities are twisted because of contradictions between different laws One of the problems of enforcement of innovative approaches to forest management stated in new national legislations is related to absence of institutional and legal mechanisms e g technical guidelines regulations standards etc for sustainable community forest management If the above mechanisms will not be elaborated and applied significant problems will be faced by a national governments as there is no system for monitoring and control b local self governing bodies as they will not be able to know what to comply with c general public and civil society because of doubt on local self governing bodies and local communities capability to sustainably manage community forests Description The project is focused on development of new institutional legal and technical set up for community forest management and in particular supports securing land tenure and forest rights of local communities implementation of institutional arrangements and land use policies for forest conservation and sustainable use Also project supports awareness raising among local communities and local authorities on sustainable forest management its relation and impact on other fields such as climate change poverty reduction sustainable development etc In addition immediate reforestation measures under

    Original URL path: http://rec-caucasus.am/fostering-community-forest-policy-and-practice-in-mountain-regions-of-the-caucasus/ (2016-02-14)
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  • REC project in Armenia
    Reports RECs Network News News All Armenia Azerbaijan Georgia Regional News International News REC Caucasus News Newsletters Announcements Vacancies Announcements Vacancies Focal Areas Water Land Forest Biodiversity Green Economy Energy Disaster risk reduction DRR Climate Change RECP Resource efficiency and cleaner production Programmes Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Capacity Development and Information Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Environmental Policy and Integration Program Profile Ongoing Projects Completed Projects Our Services Consulting Advocating Advising Capacity Building Confidence Building Events Library Environmental Reports Environmental Publications REC Caucasus Publications International Conventions Processes International Conventions International Processes Useful Links Environmental Calendar 2014 Contact Us Sustainable Management of Natural Resources Support Development of Biodiversity Conservation Policies and Practices in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus 15 12 2011 The project Support Development of Biodiversity Conservation Policies and Practices in Mountain Regions of the South Caucasus implemented by REC Caucasus aims to build capacity of local communities and authorities to address biodiversity loss in forest ecosystems of mountain regions of South Caucasus in order to improve participatory biodiversity managem Profile Tasks Materials Photo Video Prevention Preparedness and Response to Man made and Natural Disasters in the ENPI East Region PPRD EAST 10 10 2011 South Caucasus is high risk disaster zone that undermines countries economy and threatens natural environment and human security Due to countries prolonged transitional period the gap has been formed through Non existing electronic Risk Atalas Outdated statistics on DRR imperfect Cartography GIS non existing satellite imagery Profile Tasks Views from the Frontline 23 09 2011 The project provides an independent global overview of progress towards developing effective local governance for implementation of the HFA Profile Materials Photo Video Identification and Implementation of Adaptation Response to Climate Change Impact for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Agro Biodiversity in Arid

    Original URL path: http://rec-caucasus.am/programmes/sustainable-management-of-natural-resources/ (2016-02-14)
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