Green Heating Technology for the Border Village of Vahan

Vahan village, Chambarak region, Gegharkunik province, runs 28 kilometers along the Armenian-Azeri border. The 6-months long winter in the village creates numerous challenges for the 1228 inhabitants who lack basic heating technologies.  Its two-story kindergarten was built in the late 60s andMORE


FPWC and UNDP GEF SGP Successfully Complete Urtsadzor Eco-Training Center Construction Project

In September 2012, FPWC began to construct the Urtsadzor Eco-Training Center in the privately protected Caucasus Wildlife Refuge <MORE


Urtsadzor Community Chooses Alternative Energy

For many years, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) has actively supported conservation projects in Urtsadzor community. On December 4, a series of community development projects were concluded in Urtsadzor within the frames of the Joint Alternative Energy ProjMORE


Bringing Water to Lukashin Community

For many decades, the lack of drinking water has been one of the central problems for the inhabitants Lukashin village in Armavir region. Some parts of the village had no drinking water at all, and most parts had a 2-hour water supply schedule.  This past spring, the Foundation for the PreservMORE


EAZA Trainings Help Expand Yerevan Zoo’s Animal Welfare and Enrichment Activities

“The most important lesson is that animal welfare and enrichment activities don’t have to take too much time, have no boundaries, and leave much room for creativity.” This is what many animal keepers at the Yerevan Zoo concluded after four days of intensive trainings with specialists from the EuropeMORE


Armenia's 1st Inclusive Playground to be Built by FPWC

On December 3, British Ambassador to Armenia Katherine Leach, Deputy Mayor of Yerevan Aram Sukiasyan, and Yerevan Zoo Director Ruben Khachatryan came together to mark the opening of an inclusive swing for disabled children, on the International Day of People with DisabMORE


Bring the Forest Home with You with the Living Christmas Tree

A real Christmas tree from the forest makes everyone’s New Year extra special.  But how much life does a tree that has been cut off from its core has left, when in a few weeks’ time it will turn brown and join the others who have been thrown outside. What if you could have a tree in your livingMORE

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Living Tree Contest at the Yerevan Zoo

The most memorable winter event, the Living Tree Contest, will be held on December 20, 2pm, at the Yerevan Zoo. Children from all corners of Armenia will not only compete for prizes, but will help transform the zoo into a winter wonderland with handmade and environmentally friendly decorations. Amidst snow, Christmas Trees, lights, and decorations, a magical evening awaits everyone.

Most importantly, children will be decorating Living Christmas Trees, which have been brought to Yerevan Zoo with their roots and soil in a pot. The living trees will not be thrown away as other Christmas Trees, but replanted back as soon as the holidays are over.

The Living Tree Contest is organized by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets, with the support of its General Partner VivaCell-MTS. As part of the foundation’s environmental education program, the event aims to teach children methods of conservation and forest protection.... [more]

FPWC’s Annual Celebration

Throughout the year of 2014, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) has implemented numerous community development and environmental education projects in Armenia. On February 27, 2015, the foundation will celebrate the success of its various programs, which range from eco-tourism projects and water and energy initiatives in villages, to the protection of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, where the Caucasian Leopard was spotted in 2013.

The event will conclude with the announcement of the winner of the 7th  Pan-Armenian Painting Contest, which was participated by Armenian children and youth worldwide.

In the upcoming year, FPWC will build on its existing projects, events, and campaigns, as well as initiate broader sustainability programs in rural Armenia, always emphasizing mutual respect between humans and the natural environment.


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Caucasian Lynx Sighted in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge

The cameras installed in FPWC's Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) have recorded a rare footage of a Caucasian Lynx (Lynx lynx dinniki), a local subspecies of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) which is listed as "least concern" in the IUCN Red List. Compared to the Eurasian lynx the Caucasian lynMORE


Nine Month Old Bear Rescued from a Trap

On the evening of November 16, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets’ (FPWC) and Yerevan Zoo’s staff joined the fire-rescue team to save a bear that had been caught in a trap. The fact that this is the third bMORE


The Imprisoned Bears of Armenia

On the morning of October 21, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets’ (FPWC) and Yerevan Zoo’s staff joined the police and fire-rescue team to search for a two and a half year old bear who had escaped from its MORE


B&B in Urtsadzor

The film presents two newly opened rural B&Bs in Urtsadzor, a village nearby FPWC’s Caucasus Wildlife Refuge. Supporting villagers to gain additional income from rural ecotourism is part of FPWC’s effort to combine nature conservation and coMORE


The brown bear cub in Caucasus Wildlife Refuge

Have you ever seen a bear in the wild at a distance of around 20m, 5m or maybe even 1m? FPWC offers a unique opportunity to watch the endangered brown bear cub (listed in RA Red book of animals) at a VERY close distance.   This cub is most probably two-three years old, and, as every teenager, MORE


Bezoar Goats. Sound and safe

Bezoar Goats have been persecuted by hunters and poachers throughout the Southern Caucasus for decades and since the 1980s their populations have been steadily declining. But in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, Bezoar Goats are protected – a conservation measure which is likely to mean that oMORE


Grey Partridges in CWR

Check out the latest video recorded in CWR area. This time the trap cameras captured grey partridges – birds that never migrate. Although there are over 47 different types of partridges in the world, many of them are endangered. Grey partridges are recorded in the MORE

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