Ecotourism Festival 2017 (video)

Ecotourism Festival 2017 (video)


On July 8-9, 2017 the NGOs “Young Biologists’ Association” and “Jermuk Development Center”have organized Ecotourism Festival for the second time in Armenia. This time the festival was conducted in Artavan village of Zaritap community of Vayots Dzor region.

The goal of the festival is to contribute to the development of ecotourism in Armenia, as well as to increase the level of public awareness on the maintenance of biological species.
After the greeting speeches of the organizers the youth of the village presented their small dance performance.

During the Ecotourism Festival there were envisaged different events, including:

On July 8:

1․Trade exhibition of ecotourism services and agricultural products;

2. Tours in the eco routes;

3. Botanical tour;
Ecotourism Festival-Botanical Campaign

4. Cycling Regional Cup IV

Ecotourism Festival - Cycling Regional Cup

5. Butterfly watching;

Ecotourism Festival Butterflies Viewing

6. Horse race;

7. Star watching in the evening

On July 9:

8. Morning yoga;

9. Tea-drinking ceremony;

The new thing in the festival of this year was 10. Butterfly watching and 11. The game “Search of treasures”, which was envisaged for at least 10 teams consisting of 5 members. At first there were formed 6 teams.

The territory of Artavan and surrounding communities is rich in biological species and it makes part of the internationally recognized ecological corridor of Caucasian leopard, Bezoar goat, Armenian moufflon included in the Red Book of RA and Red List of IUCN, as well as a dwelling place for other species. It also has a rich flora.

This year the festival was organized with the support of Rafford foundation in the frameworks of the grant project allotted to the NGOs by the staff of the president of RA and in the frameworks of the contest announced by the Youth Foundation of Armenia.

Author: H. Muradyan

translated from Armenian into English by M.Vardanyan