The Scientists of Five Countries from the Black Sea Region Discussed New Technologies of the Suppression of Forest Fires


This year on June 18 an international conference under the title of “Utilizing Stream Waters in the Suppression of Forest Fires with the Help of New Technologies” was held in the conference hall of the Institute of Botany NAS RA. The representatives from Artvin Coruh University from Turkey, Braila Prefecture from Romania, Eco-TIRAS International Association of River Keepers from Republic of Moldova, The National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULES of Ukraine) and Zikatar Environmental Center SNCO, the Ministry of Nature Protection and Ministry of Emergency Situation and NAS specialists from Armenia participated in the conference.

In his opening speech, the Minister of Nature Protection of Armenia Aramayis Grigoryan considered symbolic that the conference is held in historically old and rich cultural Armenia, where forest cultivation and maintenance experience comes from ancient times.

Stressing the importance of the range of issues discussed at the conference, Aramayis Grigoryan said, "At present, it is difficult, perhaps impossible to resist every day intensifying global challenges without international deep integration, without combining scientific, professional, and social potential. The problem is more than alarming, especially in countries with economies in transition.

From the issues highlighted in this conference an important one is to strengthen and expand cooperation between the institutions involved in forest fires in the Black Sea region and protected areas, which will allow by the help of knowledge exchange over experience, management best practices and methodologies of scientific and technological innovation to improve protection of forests and promote the development of country, especially socio-economic development of forest communities. 

I am sure, that the conference will become a new information exchange and effective platform for discussions on forest and environmental problems for 15 foreign delegates and participants".

During the two-day conference, funded by the European Neighborhood & Partnership Instrument (ENPI) of the EU “The Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013” framework, the scientists will discuss the development of the complete fire-extinguishing system for the protection of specially protected natural areas from fires and promotion mechanisms of innovative approaches and technology use.