SECRET OF JRVEZH FOREST PARK

ArmInfo
2009-08-31 14:45:00

ArmInfo. The Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia recognized the
alienation of the land area of 21,76 ha from "Jrvezh" Forest Park.

As "EcoLur" organization told ArmInfo, in reply to "EcoLur" request to
clarify, whether a land area has been actually alienated from "Jrvezh"
Forest Park situated on the crossroad of Garni-Yerevan highway,
Samvel Amirkhanyan, Head of Administration of the Ministry of Nature
Protection of RA, (letter numbered 5/22/1052 dated on 20.08.09),
in particular, brought the following clarifications:

"The mapping and zoning of "Jrvezh" Forest Park, a part of "Forest Park
Complex" State Non- Commercial Organization of the Ministry of Nature
Protection of RA, were carried out in 2007-2008. During the mapping
and zoning some issues were revealed that refer to biodiversity,
number and spreading of plant and animal species. As a result of the
territory reconsideration, more exact zoning and mapping of the forest
park, the territory of the forest park made up 400,43 confirmed by
the government decision Ñ~L 684 Ð~L dated on 18.06.09 without the
land area of 21, 76 ha, which is the subject of the enquiry.

Basing on the fact that the aforementioned land area bordering
with Voghchaberd and Jrvezh Communities, as well as with
Yerevan-Garni-Voghchaberd highway has no fence (only 150 m out of more
than 1150 m), as well as on the fact20that this land area presents
difficulties in regard to care, safety and management.

Before the mapping, the size of "Jrvezh" Forest Park territory made
up 400 ha, and, as a matter of fact, it remains unchanged, as other
territories rich in biodiversity were joined to the forest park."

Thus, the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA approved the fact of
exchange of territories in "Jrvezh" Forest Park. What about the fact
that land area presents difficulties in regard to care, safety and
management, "EcoLur" invites the representatives of the Ministry to get
familiar with the splendid pine forest growing in the alienated land
area, to walk along the natural border separating this land area from
the highway, as well as to view the new stony and arid territories.

It should be noted when the actual exchange of the territories took
place in 2007, the Head of "Forest Park Complex" State Non-Commercial
Organization was Ashot Avalyan who is Deputy Head of Administration
of the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA at present.