Training course for “National Association of Veterinarians” NGO’s member veterinarians on “Caesarean section and cattle rumenotomy”

On August 4-5, 2021, with the support of the “Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North” project implemented by Strategic Development Agency” (SDA) NGO and financed by the Austrian Development Agency, the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and with co-initiation of  “National Association of Veterinarians” (NAV) NGO, a training course on “Caesarean section and cattle rumenotomy” was held in “Syunik Animal Market” to develop the capacities and skills of “National Association of Veterinarians” NGO’s member veterinarians.

In total 18 veterinarians participated in the training. The RA Deputy Minister of Economy Mr. T. Gabrielyan was invited as a trainer, who is also a member of the NAV NGO.

The two-day course consisted of theoretical and practical parts. The first day was dedicated to a theoretical part, during which the instructions of caesarean section and cattle rumenotomy,  actions and features of preoperative, surgical, postoperative operations were introduced to the participants. The theoretical part had a format of professional discussions and Q&As. A presentation and discussion of the association’s further work also took place during the first day with an emphasise to solve the issue of specialists’ certification.

On the second day of the meeting, a practical surgery on a sick animal was done to present the techniques of the caesarean section and cattle rumenotomy in detail. Participants strengthened their theoretical knowledge and gained practical skills for delivering the surgery. The veterinarians were actively involved in the surgery process and performed some interventions.

Presentation and summary of pasture monitoring and implementation of sustainable management procedures

On 28-29.07.2021, within the framework of “Livestock Development in Armenia: South-North” and “Livestock Development in the South of Armenia” projects implemented by “Strategic Development Agency” NGO and financed by the Austrian Development Agency, the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, a presentation and summary of pasture monitoring and implementation of sustainable management procedures was held in the “Syunik Animal Market” training center with the participation of representatives from beneficiary communities of Syunik, Vayots Dzor, Shirak and Lori marzes.

During the meeting, the project staff presented the work done in the beneficiary communities, summarized the results, as well as identified the lessons learned and the issues identified as a result of the monitoring.

During the meeting-discussion, the attention of the community representatives was once again focused on the importance of applying sustainable pasture management procedures monitoring.

The participants were shown, and in practice, they carried out monitoring evaluation of pasture infrastructures in order to get acquainted with the monitoring mechanisms, as well as to strengthen the gained knowledge.

The participants presented their opinion, approaches, the experience gained and the work done with the population in different marzes and the attitude of pasture users to the processes of sustainable pasture management.

“Writing skills for reporting” training

On July 22-24, 2021 “Writing skills for reporting” training was held in the Syunik Animal Market premises with the participation of SDA NGO staff by an invited specialist L. Arzoyan.

The purpose of the training was to enhance and raise the effectiveness of the SDA NGO’s team reporting skills. The agenda included introductory materials, structural details, as well as methodological and stylistic guidelines. After the exchange of theoretical knowledge and interactive discussion, practical teamwork was done which reinforced knowledge and skills gained during the training.

The training was concluded with a wrap-up of the material and final recommendations.

Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia: Project Presentation / Meetings in Target Marzes

From July 14-28, 2021, meeting-discussions were organized in target marzes  of Tavush, Lori, Syunik and Vayots Dzor within the framework of the “Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia” project, implemented by the WWF Caucasus in Armenia (WWF-Armenia) in partnership with Strategic Development Agency NGO and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

During the meetings held at the regional administrations, the representatives of the WWF Armenia and SDA NGO presented to the representatives of the regional administrations the “Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia” project, the goals and possible directions of its implementation, as well as the planned steps and expected results.

The project aims to improve the incomes of farmers and rural businesses in remote areas and livelihoods of the rural population thanks to better economic and more sustainable use and management of local natural resources.

The regional administrations’ representatives expressed readiness to make efforts to develop and strengthen the cooperation, realizing the importance of the initiative and the scope of the project.

The “Living Landscapes for Market Development in Armenia” project implemented by the WWF Caucasus in Armenia (WWF-Armenia) in partnership with Strategic Development Agency NGO, and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is a part of a larger regional program “Eco-Corridor Fund for the Caucasus” (ECF), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the KfW Development Bank.

Presentation and discussion of livestock movement’s roadmap

On 21-07-2021 in the Syunik Animal Market, a presentation and discussion on the livestock movement’s roadmap in the Syunik region of Armenia, supported by the “Livestock Development in the South” program, was held.

Representatives of the Syunik region’s enlarged communities of Tatev, Tegh, Goris, Gorayk, specialists of the engineering design company, program staff of SDA NGO took part in the meeting.

The importance of the livestock movement and the necessity of the initiative for the communities were pointed out once again during the discussion.

Gagik Beglaryan, a representative of the engineering design company, presented the work done during the implementation, the results obtained – the roadmap to properly organize the seasonal movement of shepherds and animals, and the location of existing and necessary infrastructure.

During the presentation and discussion of the livestock movement roadmap, suggestions were made on the most suitable infrastructure locations for the construction of veterinary checkpoints to control the movement of animals within the boundaries of the administrative territories of all communities, to determine the availability of water resources along with the livestock movement.

At the end of the meeting, the further steps of the roadmap implementation were pointed out.

P.S. The idea of the initiative came up on April 30, 2019, during the 4th workshop of the Program Coordination Platform for Sustainable Management of RA’s Natural Fodder Areas: Pastures and Grasslands, when the communities of Syunik Region raised the issue of regulating the livestock seasonal movement of Tegh, Goris and Tatev communities of Syunik Region to the summer pastures of Gorayk community.