Saturday, May 24, 2008

Forum on Armenia Tree Project’s Sustainable Development Strategies…

Armenia Tree Project and a group of partnering organizations are hosting a public program on sustainable development and forestry on June 19 at the Armenian Cultural Foundation in Arlington, MA.

ATP is working with the Armenian Assembly, Armenian Environmental Network, Armenian National Committee, and Vem Media Arts of Yerevan to organize the event. These organizations are involved because they have each worked with ATP on environmental issues over the past few years.

A documentary about Armenia’s environment by Vem Media Arts will be screened, followed by a presentation by ATP director Jeff Masarjian and Zachary Parisa of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mr. Parisa has done field work in the forests of northern Armenia (see photo by Kathryn Howard) near ATP’s reforestation nursery.

He is drafting a sustainable forestry manual for Armenia, which is part of an innovative two-year project funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. [Click here for a press release by ATP announcing the grant, and click here for an article by CEPF about the project.]