Working Meeting

On February 1 this year, Agriculture PIU Acting Director Gegham Gevorgyan had a meeting with GIZ “Integrated biodiversity Management” project Team Leader C. Schulz, consultants A. Danielyan and A. Hayrapetyan. Agriculture PIU employees G. Khachatryan, K. Torosyan, K. Khachatryan and D. Baziyan also participated in the meeting. During the meeting Mr Gevorgyan presented CARMAC 2 project mentioning that one of the most important issues of Component 1 is increasing milk and meat yield and improving pasture management through cooperatives. In order to avoid overgrazing and degradation, correct management of pastures was highlighted. It was also mentioned that such a system and single model should be established which will allow the communities developing their management plans on their own and continuing the works. 

C. Schulz mentioned that the GIZ works are conformed to the RA Ministry of Agriculture based on country priorities. On institutional level they are authorized for a closer cooperation concerning biodiversity with three RA Ministries. As a result of cooperation it is expected to include the biodiversity maintenance issue in the policies of the ministries. It was mentioned that GIZ is currently implementing pilot projects in various marzes (Aragatsotn, Shirak and Syunik) on preventing erosion, improving sustainable pasture management system in order to increase pasture productivity and promote forest preservation. A. Danielyan mentioned that within the CARMAC project they have closely cooperated with the Agriculture PIU SA. GIZ will actively continue working towards pasture management filling the gaps, as well as closely cooperate with other organizations acting in the sphere, to avoid duplication.

Based on the experience gained, two documents were developed by GIZ in 2013: “Guideline on Creating and Implementing Pasture and Grassland Sustainable Management Plans” and “Manual for Pasture Monitoring” on pasture management single principles, ways of management plans preparation and implementation and field works. The objective is to reach a level, where the communities will be able to carry out pasture monitoring on their own.  

Opportunities for the specialists to share their experience were discussed: this will give mutual prospects to learn new methodologies and ideas.

There was also a talk about pasture evaluation through remote sensing. The degree of erosion or degradation can be viewed through a satellite image. GIZ specialists mentioned that the system will operate successfully when applied continuously. It was proposed to have a public seminar in March held by the international expert who has developed the system.

It was agreed to organize a meeting with the Agriculture PIU and GIZ specialists to propose specific measures and ideas for cooperation.