Opening of Urtsadzor Eco-training Center
01 November 2013 – Today, the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) with its friends, partners, as well as media representatives celebrated the official opening of the Urtsadzor Eco-training Center. The Center has been constructed by FPWC with the financial assistance from Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme, implemented by the UNDP.
The objective of the Center is to improve the capacity of local villagers for sustainable use of bio-resources and to guide through innovative environmentally friendly income generating practices. The Center is located in FPWC's Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR); FPWC's Caucasus Wildlife Refuge forms a protected buffer zone for ''Khosrov Forest'' State Reserve and is the first conservation area in South-Caucasus managed by a non-governmental organization-FPWC. The CWR project is implemented in cooperation with the World Land Trust, the IUCN Committee of the Netherlands and VivaCell-MTS.
The Urtsadzor Eco-training Center strives to become a space for innovative environmental trainings, and serve as an eco-building model with the application of environmentally sound technologies in all construction stages. The solar panels supply the building with hot water, while the electricity is supplied partly by wind and solar energy and partly by a small hydro power unit. To prevent the pollution of the environment with sewage, the Center is equipped with wastewater treatment facility.
The Center will offer trainings for residents of the adjacent communities, students and school children. Additionally, it will provide facilities and accommodation for scientific research, wildlife observation and eco-tourism in FPWC's Caucasus Wildlife Refuge.
The opening ceremony was marked by a symbolic tree planting.