On November 21 the 6th Workshop of the Coordination Platform for Sustainable Management of RA’s Natural Fodder Areas was held in Yerevan. The main purpose of the workshop was to present the working version of the Concept paper on Sustainable Management of RA Natural Fodder Areas developed in recent months. Among the workshop participants were representatives of the RA National Assembly and various ministries related to the sector, as well as public, international and scientific institutions.
At the beginning of the event, Mr. Ashot Giloyan, the head of the Local government policy department of the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, Mr. Matevos Asatryan, deputy of the RA National Assembly and member of the NA Standing Committee on Territorial Administration, Local Government, Agriculture and Environment and Mr. Ashot Harutyunyan, expert of the same Committee, welcomed the participants and wished them fruitful work. Further, the speakers highlighted the importance of the Platform’s activities and especially its recent initiatives aimed at developing a Concept paper for the sustainable management of natural fodder areas in Armenia and supporting organization of controlled movement of animals in Syunik marz.
A new partner of the Platform – the “National Association of Veterinarians” NGO was welcomed on board during the workshop.
During the workshop, the results and lessons learned from the study tour to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan were presented. The tour was organized by the Platform for the representatives of various stakeholders involved in pasture management sector in order to study the practices of sustainable pasture management in this country. The next section of the workshop was dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the working version of the Concept paper on Sustainable Management of RA Natural Fodder Areas, the development of which was initiated by the Platform and was done by collaborative efforts of national, regional and civil society organizations.
The Coordination Platform for Sustainable Management of RA’s Natural Fodder Areas is a joint initiative of the Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO, Integrated Biodiversity Management in the South Caucasus Program implemented by the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and CARMAC II project implemented by the RA Ministry of Economy with the support of the World Bank.