Attitude of the citizens of the Republic of Armenia towards Armenian rich biodiversity was surveyed

03-03-2017

The pre-analysis of the outputs of “Knowledge, Attitude, Practice on Biodiversity” (KAP) surveys implemented by German Society for International Cooperation /GIZ/ in Armenia were illustrated at the RA Ministry of Nature Protection. The Institute for Political and Sociological Consulting (IPSC) conducted investigations commissioned by GIZ.

RA Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Khachik Hakobyan, launching the consultation, noted, that the study accomplished within the framework of “Integrated Biodiversity Managment, South Caucasus” /IBiS/ is a key essential focused on enhancing the effectivness of ongoing activities while conserving Armenian rich biodiversity.

Carsten Schulz, Integrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus (IBiS) Team Leader in Armenia emphasized, that representatives of the government as well as civil society should be aware of public perceptions about biodiversity. The speaker stressed the fact, that the KAP survey questionnaire was developed by the RA MNP specialists; the latter contributed to increasing productiveness of research. C. Shulz informed, that if the RA Government considers it vital, a similar examination is followed to be done three years later in order to determine whether public awareness has increased or decreased as a result of executed actions.

IPSC Officers delivered the preliminary data summary of survey methods and outputs. As a consequence of surveys, the RA residents’ interests in biodiversity and of its preservation were revealed.

Putting a high value on the multi-scope research, Deputy Minister Kh. Hakobyan attributed importance to the results addressed to applying practical means thus conserving biodiversity, carrying out target eco education. There was decided to make them available to the public and civil society by holding regular meetings after result analysis.

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