On February 10, the kick-off workshop of the “Mapping of pastures and hay meadows in Armenia” project was held in the online format. Among the workshop participants were representatives of various ministries related to the sector, local and international public organizations, as well as international and scientific institutions.
The project is implemented within the scope of the “Management of natural resources and safeguarding of ecosystem services for sustainable rural development in the South Caucasus (ECOserve)” Programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Project activities are being implemented by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education Foundation (ICARE). The Strategic Development Agency (SDA) NGO is responsible for the pilot implementation. All activities are being implemented in close collaboration with the Ministries of Economy and Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia.
At the beginning of the event, Ira Panosyan, the Head of the Department for Development of Agricultural Programs, Resource Utilization, Cooperation Development of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, and Ashot Giloyan, the Head of the Department of Local Self-Government Policy of the Ministry of Territorial Development, Tobias Wittmann, Team Leader of GIZ EcoServe project and Arthur Grigoryan, Director of ICARE Foundation greeted the participants and wished fruitful work.
The discussion was joined by the Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia Vache Terteryan, who supported the presented initiatives and expressed readiness to support the presented programs.
The speakers pointed out the importance of the “Mapping of pastures and hay meadows in Armenia” project and expressed hope that the project would contribute to better and more sustainable pasture management.
During the workshop “Mapping of pastures and hay meadows in Armenia” initiative, “Mapping of extent, condition and biomass of pastures and hay meadows in Armenia” project, general overview of the institute and presentation of GrassAM preliminary results, presentation of the activities and expected results of piloting pasture and hay meadow maps in Lori and Shirak marzes of RA were presented.