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RED BOOK CONCERNS: ARMENIA UPGRADES SOVET-ERA SPECIES PROTECTION CODE
Gayane Mkrtchyan, ArmeniaNow
Armenia’s Ministry of Nature Protection is going to submit a new edition of the Red Book of Endangered Species to the government for approval, hoping that the amended version of the book published still in Soviet times will help better promote biodiversity in more contemporary conditions.
(The Red Book of Endangered Species is an inventory of the conservation status of plant and animal species to help the government and civil society take necessary environmental action.)
“The approval of the new edition will promote a more effective protection of biodiversity and improvement of reproduction, will ensure control over species included in the Red Book and reduction of illegal action against them,” says Tatyana Danielyan, head of the Department of Biodiversity and Water Resource Protection at the Ministry.
Currently, Armenia applies the Armenia SSR Red Book published still in 1989-90, a year before the Soviet state collapsed and independent Armenia was established. This book involves 387 rare species [or species on the brink of extinction\ of plants and 99 species of spinal animals.
The socio-economic changes that have taken place in Armenia in the past several years have had a negative impact on the country’s ecology, including plant and animal life. A number of valuable and endemic species have found themselves on the verge of extinction, their natural environments have degraded and habitats have shrunk. The quantitative and qualitative composition of animal populations have undergone changes.
Nature Protection Minister Aram Harutyunyan says that a complex study on the country’s biodiversity, an assessment of the situation in accordance with international criteria and a new edition of the Red Book to organize the protection of species have therefore become an urgent necessity. More....