About the Project
The project aims to (1) support the Armenian government’s efforts to effectively manage regulated collection of wild plants in accordance with Armenian government’s efforts to promote biodiversity and protect endangered wildlife, augmented by input from the communities in question; (2) improve legal mechanisms that regulate and monitor wild plant harvest; and (3) promote and support multi-stakeholder consultation and interaction to establish a concrete and comprehensive future action agenda.
Managing the Regulated Wild Plant Collection in Armenia
February 1 - October 31, 2020
The American University of Armenia (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment, within the scope of a grant awarded by the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, will support the RA Government in developing capacity to manage the regulated collection of wild plants. This project is part of the support on promoting biodiversity, protecting endangered wildlife, and countering the illegal trade of flora and fauna, which is provided to Armenia by the U.S. Embassy in Armenia. To implement the project, the AUA Acopian Center will cooperate with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Armenia.
The project objectives are:
- To identify and engage key state and non-state stakeholders involved in wild plant collection and monitoring
- To identify an action agenda for the Armenian government to better manage wild edible plants and ensure its sustainability
- To promote an understanding and awareness on how to balance economic necessities and environmental concerns
The project activities and deliverables include:
1. Stakeholder mapping, identifying state, regional and local government, civil society, and private sector stakeholders
2. An online platform with resources related to wild plant harvesting and monitoring
3. Republic of Armenia legislative and institutional review
4. Review of past experience and research on wild harvest regulation and management in Armenia
5. Organizing a multi-stakeholder workshop on wild harvest and its regulation and management
6. An action agenda on improving regulation and management of wild plant harvest in Armenia (particularly with greater community participation)