Author(s): R. Moreno-Sanchez, H. Sayadyan, R. Streeter & J. Rozelle
In this paper we identify the characteristics of a sustainable forest management
strategy and provide specific recommendations to move toward this goal in the
forests in Armenia.
To provide a context for these recommendations we present
brief overviews of Armenian human and physical geography and the forests in
Also, we highlight how several crucial issues in the forestry sector
have remained unchanged from the Soviet era to the independent period and the
implications of this lack of change for the evolution and current state of forests
in the country.
Armenia, forests, sustainable management, Caucasian region.
The forests of the Caucasian region are a hot spot of biodiversity and they
contain a large number of endemic plant and animal species .
In this drysubtropical
region, forests also play a major role in preserving favourable
environmental conditions for sustainable development.
This is particularly true
in small countries like Armenia.
The 1988-1994 war with neighboring
Azerbaijan and the great social, political and economic changes that have
occurred since the country gained independence at the time of the collapse of the
United Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991 have created tremendous
pressures on the Armenian forests .
Ongoing developments and policies
continue to threaten the quality and extent of Armenian forests [2, 3].
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/ECO070121
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