International Partnership to Support Ecotourism in Armenia


International Partnership to Support Ecotourism Development in Armenia

Dear Friend,

MoU SigningOn February 21, 2014,  CNF, The National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia (NCFA), and the World Wildlife Fund in Armenia (WWF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to develop and implement  new activities for eco-tourism in specially protected areas of Armenia.

The three organizations will work together to develop and implement projects to promote eco-tourism development and draw investment to the protected areas and adjacent communities. The partners will develop specific programs to tackle the problems and spur eco-friendly tourism. Some of the issues to be addressed include:

  • development of tourist products
  • training of protected areas’ staffs and guides
  • creation of proper marketing information for tourists and tour operators
  • putting in place a transparent system for collecting entry and other fees

The project will rely on the combined efforts of the involved institutions and will be in full partnership with the relevant authorities and institutions of Armenia.

The MoU was signed by WWF Armenia Director Karen Manvelyan, NCFA CEO Arman Khachaturyan and CNF Executive Director David Morrison. The deputy ministers of Nature Protection and Economy of the Republic of Armenia also participated in the signing ceremony.


Since 2011, CNF has been supporting operations and improved management of Lagodekhi Protected Areas— the Caucasus region's oldest protected area, established in 1912.

We are delighted to report that in February CNF renewed its support for the park with another three-year grant, bringing CNF's committed support for the park to a total of € 540,000.

As with all our grants, funds for Lagodekhi will support operating costs including essentials such as infrastructure maintenance, equipment,and salary supplements for rangers and staff members.

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Supporting Art and Nature

CNF is pleased to announce that our partner Caucasus Nature Jewels, a gallery and store specializing in high quality Georgian arts and crafts, has just opened a second location in Tbilisi’s Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel.

Caucasus Nature Jewels is the brainchild of CNF's advisory board member, Eva-Maria Melchers and is dedicated to supporting local artisans as well as Georgia’s magnificent national parks. The stores help to raise awareness about CNF’s activities and promote our brand, and a portion of sales goes to our projects.

Visit Caucasus Nature Jewel's Facebook Page for a glimpse of their latest treasures.
Caucasus Nature Fund
54 rue de Clichy
75009 Paris | France

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