Minister of Nature Protection Aramayis Grigoryan Paid a Working Visit to RA Shirak Region


ՀMinister of Nature Protection Aramayis Grigoryan paid a working visit to RA Shirak region. After the working discussions held in Shirak Municipality with the governor Felix Tsolakyan and Martun Grigoryan, the Committee Chair of Standing Committee on Agriculture and Environment Aramayis Grigoryan accompanied by the director of “Arpi Lake” National Park SNCO Ara Petrosyan and Karen Manvelyan, Director of WWF-Armenia visited the protected areas, economic zones and frontier post of the National Park to familiarize with the conservation works on spot. They also visited the visitors’ Center located in Ghazanchyan village, where got acquainted with the conditions and capabilities of the Center.

In the economic zone the Minister met with several villagers and community heads of the neighboring villages, listen to their problems and concerns, thanked for supporting to the establishment of National Park, as well as for their care and caution towards the protected areas. Referring to the concerns of the villagers about the activities envisaged by the program the Minister said: “The works carried out in the frames of joint program of WWF Armenian Office and RA Government have not completed yet. In the near future is planned to rebuild the water lines of 11 villages and to establish the artificial insemination and veterinary center. National Park has some rights to the business functions and by its activities it promotes to the development of the region, eco-tourism, opening of new vacant places and increasing of community budgets”.

The Minister met also with the employees of National Park. The Director of the National Park presented the implemented works during last 4 months, stressing that the employees of the National Park properly carry out the conservation work. For the protection and conservation of the area the special structures, as well as resting zones, special fishing areas are created. Prohibition signs are posted.

Aramayis Grigoryan in his turn thanked the staff of the Park for their conscientious and responsible work. He also emphasized the necessity and importance of the establishment of National Park for the region, stressing that the importance of the establishment of “Arpi Lake” National Park the inhabitants will feel and appreciate in the future.

At the end of the visit the Minister gave some instructions to the heads of the Park and representatives of regional subdivisions of the Ministry.