The problem of poaching in Armenia is still unresolved. "We come across this phenomenon all over Armenia", Head of WWF-Armenian Karen Manvelyan said to ArmInfo.
The expert said that the WWF's proposal to create environmental police in Armenia is left without any attention. As regards the Environmental Inspection, its resources are insufficient: it is enough to say that there are only 5 inspectors for the whole Syunik region. Manvelyan pointed out that this problem should be solved at the state level. "We can provide only technical support. For instance, in 2009 three inspectorates were provided cars, uniforms, and binoculars. But it is the state that must improve the inspection in all regions. Inspectorates should have offices, cars, petroleum, high salaries. This is a quite hard work, and it can be done if desired", he said.
According to Manvelyan, creation of a network of protected areas at the south of Armenia has become an effective method to fight poaching. The protected areas are: Arevik national park, Zangezur wildlife sanctuary, and Shikahogh reserve. Moreover, work at creation of Khustup sanctuary is being done. "Over the past 5-10 years the level of poaching at the south has considerably declined. The employees of the protected areas cooperate with the Environmental Inspection, a good team has been set up, which works quite effectively", said Manvelyan.
Manvelyan expressed hope that the situation will change for the better in other regions as well. "I wish new protected areas were created and the Environmental Inspection worked more effectively. It is impossible to fight poaching without cooperation or partnership. The local communities, regional structures, NGOs and the mass media should support this", he stressed.