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Sustainable Forestry

Field of tree seedlings in the foreground of mountains

Armenians Plan a Future with Trees

In the mountainous country of Armenia, villagers, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and the national government have teamed up to restore native tree cover and help residents manage their lands sustainably.

Supported by CEPF and WWF-Armenia, the Armenia Tree Project (ATP) and Yale’s Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry conducted the most in-depth forest evaluation in northern Armenia since the nation’s independence in 1991. In the process, ATP staff, Armenian Agricultural Academy forestry students and government employees learned data collection techniques, sampling design and inventory analysis. They created a comprehensive forest and rangeland management plan that now guides land-use decisions.

On the ground, the results are evident. Tens of thousands of native trees have been planted in demonstration plots in two neighboring communities. There is also a new community orchard where youth get environmental education and villagers receive range management training.

Another important outcome is a sustainable forestry training manual that is becoming an indispensable resource for training community members, local forestry students, conservationists and government officials.

As a result of these achievements, the German development bank KfW will finance planting 1.3 million additional trees, the largest reforestation initiative in Armenia’s history. A private donor has also offered support to create a regional training center for environmental studies and sustainable forestry.

“The basis for success in a project of this magnitude is collaboration,” says Jeff Masarjian, ATP’s executive director. “The accomplishments of this partnership have brought sustainable forestry concepts to the forefront of environmental policy discussions in Armenia.”

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- Document: 2009 Annual Report, English (PDF - 3 MB)