World Land Trust Partner visit to Caucasus Wildlife Refuge

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Representatives of the British World Land Trust are in Armenia. They visited the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) to learn about the work of the partner the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). Accompanied by the director of the foundation Ruben Khachatryan, WLT representatives walked around the refuge, visited reforestation sites, as well as got acquainted with wildlife rescue sanctuary, ecotourism, community development and other projects. FPWC staff  presented to the partners the vision of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge and action plan for 2030. The representatives of the World Land Trust got acquainted with the problems and discussed the possible solutions.

“It is very important for us that our partners get acquainted with all the programs implemented by the Foundation within the framework of its mission. I am glad that our partners were impressed with the work done and are ready to continue supporting to elaborate the projects  in favor of the protection of Armenia’s biodiversity,”- Ruben Khachatryan noted.

World Land Trust Director of Conservation Richard Cuthbert is in Armenia for the first time. “I have heard a lot about Armenia, all my expectations were justified in terms of the huge work done by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets and their dedication. I am very impressed with how well the work is done,” -he said.

World Land Trust Conservation Programmes Manager Charlotte Beckham managed to visit Armenia several times.

“During each of my visits I see the development that has taken place after the previous visits. Years ago, when I first came here, there was nothing in the territory of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, but today everything is different. It is very impressive to see what you have achieved during this period,” -she said.

The representatives of the World Land Trust want to return and to study the projects for a longer period to expand the possible cooperation.

It should be noted that the World Land Trust has been supporting the programs of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets and Caucasus Wildlife Refuge  for many years. The British organization was founded in 1989, is engaged in the protection of endangered habitats around the globe. It supports the implementation of programs in more than 20 countries.

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