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Green Lane NGO implemented project funded by FPWC and WLT

16.11.2012 13:18 Age: 5 yrs

During SunChild 3rd International Environmental Festival in October 2011 a conference entitled “The role of civil society and private actors in Wildlife Protection in the South Caucasus” took place. Part of the conference was a contest for Armenian NGOs, which had the opportunity to receive a funding of one million AMD provided by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets and the British Organization World Land Trust, for the implementation of a project proposal. Four environmental organizations participated in the contest and the final winner was Green Lane NGO. The Green Lane Team convinced the jury with a proposal under the title: “Endangered Herbs in Armenia: Identification, Protection and Sustainable Harvesting.”

The project focused on rare edible plants in Armenia, which are mainly endangered because of unsustainable harvesting methods. Over 452 plant and 40 mushroom species are included in the Red data Book of Armenia, 60 of which are on the verge of extinction and 249 are endangered. Most plants growing in Armenia are medicinal and can also be used as food. In the local markets more than 10.000 tons of wild and edible plants are sold per year, most of which are pulled out with the roots during the gathering process.

During 8 months «Green Lane» NGO created a catalogue, where information about gathering, maintaining and processing of Armenian plants can be found. Field work was carried out with the help of botanists in the 5 target communities from 5 regions of Armenia - village Aghavnadzor from Vayots Dzor region, village Lukashin, from Armavir region, village Vaghatin from Syuniq region, village Gandzaqar from Tavush region, and village Gargar from Lori region. The participants of the projects were mainly the 81 students of 9th and 10th, who were taught about the local plants, their main feaures, means of use, as well as about the importance of biodiversity preservation. The students also learned to create herbariums on their own.

The teaching material created by Green Lane NGO, as well as the training methods developed by the organization’s team will in future also be used in the Green Schools. The Green School project is an ongoing project of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets which offers additional environmental education lessons in selected “Green Schools”.