GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIALLY PROTECTED AREAS OF NATURE


The 1059-A decree (25.09.2014) of the Government of the Republic of Armenia on "Approving Strategy, State Program and Measures in the Sphere of Protection and Use of Specially Protected Areas of Nature of the Republic of Armenia" 


      The preservation of  SPAs mandated by SNCOs

SNCO

SPAs

Area
hectre

RA region

  “Khosrov Forest" State Reserve" SNCO

 “Khosrov Forest" State Reserve"

23213.5

Ararat, Kotayk

 “Khor Virap” sanctuary

50.3

 Ararat

  “Goravan Sands” sanctuary

95.9

Ararat

  “Zangezur” Biosphere Complex” SNCO

 “Shikahogh” state sanctuary

12137.1

Syunik

  “Areviq” national park

31211.2

Syunik

 “Boghaqar” sanctuary

2728

Syunik

  “Plane Grove” sanctuary

64.2

Syunik

 “Zangezur” sanctuary

25711.6

Syunik

 “Khustup” sanctuary

6946.74

Syunik

  "Sev Lake " sanctuary

240

Syunik

 "Dilijan" National Park" SNCO

 “Dilijan” national park

33765

Tavoush

 “Akhnabad Plane Grove" sanctuary

25

Tavoush

 "Sevan" National Park" SNCO

  “Sevan” national park

147456

Gegharkunik

  “Juniper Woodlands” sanctuary    

3312.0

Gegharkunik

  "Reserve Park Complex" SNCO

 “Erebuni” state reserve

118.75

Kotayk

 “Vordan Karmir” sanctuary

219.85

Armavir

 “Jermuk Hydrological” sanctuary

17371.76

Vayoc Dzor

 “Hankavan Hydrological”  sanctuary

5202.9

Kotayk

 "Sojut" arboretum

35

Lori

 "Idjevan" arboretum    

14,6

Tavoush

 "Vanadzor" arboretum

1,9

Lori

 Berd “Soranner”

62

Tavoush

 “Jrvezh forest park”

423.8

Kotayk

  "Zikatar" environmental center" SNCO

 “Zikatar” sancuary

150

Tavoush

  “Lake Arpi"  National Park”  SNCO

  “Lake Arpi” national park

21039.3

Shirak



STANDARD PROGRESS REPORT
January-December 2013
January-December 2012
January-December 2011


The management plan of “Gnishik” protected landscape (2014-2018)


Armenia, LEGENDS of Nature (English version)
Protected Areas in the South Caucasus
FILM


22. 04.2014 -  the management plans for 2014-2018 of “Shikahogh” sanctuary, “ZANGEZUR”, “KHUSTUP” and “PLANE GROVE” state sanctuaries  the


22.04.2014 Economic development plan for the conservation zone envisaged in “Gnishik” SPA 


DEVELOPING THE PROTECTED AREA SYSTEM OF ARMENIA, UNDP/GEF PROJECT


According to documentary data, the concept of specially protected areas in Armenia, dates back to the end of the 3rd century BC and the beginning of the 2nd century BC. Anyway, the first mention of this is in the mentioned period in the history of the Armenian people. This is verified by the evidence of Historian Movses Khorenatsi at the beginning of the 5th century (about 410 c). 
Yervand, the last king of Yervanduni dynasty of Greater Armenia (according to Khorenatsi,  his birth date is about 200 BC and reigned for 20 years) in parallel with the construction of several settlements and the new capital, Yervandashat, "Tsnndots" Forest was planted just north of it,  on the bank of Akhuryan River.
According to another documentation, during the reign of King Khosrov II Kodak (330-338), “Khosrov Forest” was founded in the 4th  century in the territory of the present ''Khosrov Forest'' reserve.
Those artificial forests were planted for wildlife breeding and royal hunting, since they were an expression of a caring attitude towards nature and a high level of awareness of environmental protection  that cannot be said for our current situation.
Presently, there are 23 specially protected areas in Armenia. 


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