ATP’s symbolic seven millionth tree planted with founder Carolyn Mugar, government director Jeanmarie Papelian, ATP’s Board of Administrators with ATP Armenia Tour company on June twenty second on the Michael and Virginia Ohanian Middle for Environmental Research in Margahovit, Lori.

Armenia Tree Undertaking (ATP) celebrated one other milestone, planting seven million bushes since its inception in 1994. The symbolic tree was planted along with founder Carolyn Mugar, government director Jeanmarie Papelian, ATP’s Board of Administrators and ATP Armenia Tour company on June twenty second on the Michael and Virginia Ohanian Middle for Environmental Research in Margahovit, Lori. 

The seven millionth tree culminates the bold 2022 spring planting season all through ATP’s divisions that collectively serve the Armenian folks in elevating their lifestyle and defending the worldwide surroundings.

Some of the publicly seen applications, this spring, ATP’s neighborhood tree program (CTP) offered 35,345 fruit and ornamental bushes and shrubs to 147 websites together with, faculties and schooling facilities, public parks, hospitals and medical clinics, church buildings, pilgrimage and historic websites in all 10 provinces of Armenia in addition to in Artsakh’s provinces of Martuni and Askeran. Fifty-seven of those websites have been new to take part with CTP this 12 months, leading to over 1,500 websites all through Armenia and Artsakh. ATP employees works with the native inhabitants and screens usually to make sure the very best charges of survival and supply technical help to households or establishments that obtain bushes.

ATP partnered with quite a few native and worldwide organizations, firms and people for neighborhood tree plantings this spring, together with Birthright Armenia, Little Singers of Armenia, US Embassy Inexperienced Crew, VMware Armenia, Bureau Veritas Group Armenia BIVAC Armenia CJSC, Discuss Desk, AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian College, St. Stephen’s Armenian Day College, Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) interns, The Fuller Home Middle Volunteers and St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church Youth Group.

At Armenia’s borders, ATP distributed a number of thousand fruit bushes to villagers residing within the areas of Tavush, Syunik in addition to Artsakh. The 2 to a few year-old fruit bushes serve a number of functions as they mature, significantly in border villages. The fruit bushes develop to create pure obstacles to defend the residents and defend the neighborhood, whereas the fruit is a supply of nourishment and earnings.

ATP’s tree provide used all through Armenia and Artsakh is from its 4 nurseries within the villages of Karin, Khachpar, Chiva and Margahovit, which collectively present over 90 types of fruit and ornamental bushes and shrubs. The nurseries function discipline analysis stations for state-of-the-art tree propagation, grafting methods, irrigation methodologies and environmental schooling for college students, professionals and native farmers. A brand new nursery is below development in Gyumri in partnership with the EU-funded “EU4Environment: Inexperienced Group, Resilient Future” challenge.

As one of many largest NGO employers in Armenia of each full-time and seasonal employees, ATP offers regular earnings for people and households. This spring, ATP employed 154 seasonal employees to help our spring planting season in our nurseries, in addition to to plant forests. ATP’s forestry division, with the assistance of the seasonal employees planted 175,162 bushes in 5 forests positioned in Kotayk, Shirak, Lori and Tavush areas. ATP is doing afforestation, planting a brand new forest the place bushes weren’t beforehand rising. ATP’s specialists chosen specific species that allow forest connectivity, regeneration and supply migration corridors for indigenous wildlife. ATP’s afforestation efforts create infrastructure and introduce earnings alternatives to the native inhabitants whereas additionally offering a buffer zone for pure forest areas and stopping additional degradation.

The Yard Nurseries Program (BYN) permits village residents to create earnings from their parcels of productive agricultural land. ATP offers seeds and cuttings to 128 households who care for and develop them over a two-three 12 months interval. ATP employees trains the landowners, supervises the planting, and screens the positioning all through the method. As soon as bushes attain the harvesting stage, ATP pays the BYN proprietor for these bushes which can be then replanted in neighborhood websites. These households then start the nursery cycle once more with a brand new crop of bushes. This program is predicated within the northern areas of Armenia (Shirak, Lori and Tavush). It’s an financial improvement initiative for villagers; most of the beneficiaries’ heads of households are ladies.

In Artsakh, ATP’s latest program of Yard Greenhouses serves 50 beneficiary households in Martuni and Askeran by giving them small 30 sq. meter greenhouses and offering them with coaching by GreenLane NGO. The greenhouses are simple to assemble from cheap and regionally sourced supplies by college students from the American College of Armenia and Worcester Polytechnic College. All 50 households collaborating in ATP’s yard greenhouse program have been severely affected by the 44-day warfare. ATP’s program will present some financial stability, entry to recent produce as a lot agricultural land was misplaced within the warfare, and most significantly, hope for his or her future. 

For the following era, ATP’s 33 Eco-Golf equipment have put environmental schooling into motion. Eco Golf equipment in border villages really feel the fixed presence of hazard, in villages corresponding to Baruyr Sevag and Armash of Ararat area, positioned on the nook the place Armenia meets Nakhichevan and Turkey, and the Eco Membership in Gegharkunik neighborhood, which borders Azerbaijan. This system strengthens the environmental information and spirit of our youth whereas educating management abilities. Their environmentally pleasant initiatives additionally construct vanity and pleasure of their communities, which have an effect on the youth’s will to stay of their village.

Our Environmental Training group additionally circulated to 148 faculties the place our CTP program operates, additional strengthening ATP’s relationship with the neighborhood. Reaching 5,847 college students in grades Ok-12 our instructors supply classes within the faculties in addition to with our classroom on wheels cell lab, as well as, college students go to our Ohanian Training Facilities at Margahovit and Karin nurseries for extra hands-on experiences. Our instructors train topics like biodiversity, local weather change, significance of forests, waste administration and recycling, water sources, and many others. We additionally provided environmental schooling to 511 college directors, lecturers and oldsters.

As we mirror on an bold and profitable 2022 spring planting season with the celebration of our seven millionth tree, because of the help of our donors, we’re inspired by the work of our divisions serving the Armenian folks, creating alternative and hope.

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Armenia Tree Undertaking (ATP) is a non-profit program primarily based in Woburn and Yerevan conducting vitally essential environmental initiatives in Armenia’s cities and villages and seeks help in advancing its reforestation mission. Since 1994, ATP has planted and restored greater than 6,000,000 bushes, and lots of of jobs have been created for Armenians in seasonal tree-related applications.

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