Advanced GIS Training for Health Professionals


Duration:

An advanced ArcGIS training for fifteen representatives from a total of eight health organizations in Armenia took place from May 11-14, 2009 at the computer lab of the American University of Armenia. The advanced GIS training was subcontracted to The Acopian Center for the Environment by USAID Project NOVA in the frame of “GIS in ...

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Distribution, Abundance and Habitat Preferences of Lesser Spotted Eagles in Armenia


Duration: 2007-2009

The Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) inhabits almost all deciduous forest regions of Armenia. Some fragmental data regarding distribution and abundance of the species were collected in different periods (Leister and Sosnin 1942, Dal 1954, Adamian and Klem 1999) and the breeding biology was studied on the pare in Khosrov Nature Reserve (Geylikman, Hunanyan ...

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Winter Feeding of Water Birds on Yerevan Lake


Duration: 2002-present

 Winter is the most unfavorable period for birds, especially for water birds. Low temperatures, difficult access to food, and short duration of daylight hours serve as the basic negative factors in this period for the vital activity of birds.  In addition to natural difficulties, ducks in Armenia also bear anthropogenic influences – among them ...

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Invasive Species in Native and Non-native Ranges


Duration: 2007-2008

Studying germination in the native and non-native range of a species can provide unique insights into processes of range expansion and adaptation; however, traits related to germination have rarely been compared between native and nonnative populations. In a series of common garden experiments, we explored whether differences in the seasonality of precipitation, specifically, summer ...

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Monitoring Dissolved Oxygen in the Hrazdan River


Duration: 2007-2008

The Hrazdan River is the primary waterway in Armenia and country’s second largest river.  While the Hrazdan receives effluent from various agricultural, commercial, industrial, and residential sources, it is most significantly impacted by the discharge of Yerevan’s almost entirely untreated wastewater.  The effects of this poorly treated wastewater are evident through a variety of ...

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The Effect of Pesticides on the Populations of Peregrine Falcon in Meghri District of Southern Armenia


Duration: 2008
The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment with the support of Peregrine Fund and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in 2008 have conducted  a survey of Peregrine Falco in Meghri district. Objectives:

  • to check the current condition of population (number of breeding pairs) and reproductive success (number of fledglings)
  • to analyze the data and compare it with ...
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Maps


Duration:
The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment produced the maps for the USAID Armenia Biodiversity Analysis Update Report compiled by ECODIT in December 2008. 

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Endemic Wheats of Armenia Project


Duration: 2008

Armenia, although a small country, is very rich in wild relatives of      cultivars, including the ancestors and donors of such important cult ivated plants as bread cereals. The study of wild species of wheat, barley, goat grass, rye and others of the cereal crops represents a large practical interest. Progenitors of cultivars are often ...

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