Armenia Tree Project

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What is Armenia Tree Project?[edit]

Armenia Tree Project (ATP) is a non-profit organization based in Watertown, Massachusetts, United States, and Yerevan, Armenia founded in 1994 by Carolyn Mugar to promote Armenia's socioeconomic development through reforestation. They continue to work on these missions to improve the deforested zones throughout Armenia.

The Managing Director is Tom Garabedian and the In-Country Director is Areg Maghakian.[1] ATP works on three major program initiatives:

  1. Planting Trees at Urban and Rural Sites;
  2. Environmental Education and Advocacy; and
  3. Community Development and Poverty Reduction.

The organization has a full-time staff of 80, of whom 75 are employed in Armenia. The Yerevan branch manages three state-of-the-art tree nurseries, two environmental education centers, and partners with families to create tree-based micro-enterprise opportunities.

Their Problem[edit]

Annually Armenia is losing colossal amounts of forest coverage – approximately 750,000 cubic – which could eventually lead Armenia to become a desert within 50 years.[2] This is Armenia’s biggest ecological threat in their history of existence.[3]

Their Mission[edit]

‘Our mission to develop Armenia through reforestation, environmental education, and advocacy is being realized through the strong efforts of our staff in Armenia. And it can only be accomplished with the continuing support that you, our friends and donors, provide year after year. We appreciate your support and thank you for your dedication to our mission.’

                        - Tom Garabedian, Managing Director[4]  

ATP's mission is to assist the Armenian people in using trees to improve their standard of living and protect the environment, guided by the need to promote self-sufficiency, aid those with the fewest resources first, and conserve the indigenous ecosystem. Since 1994, ATP has planted and restored over 4.5 million[5] trees in Armenia and created hundreds of jobs in seasonal tree-regeneration programs.

ATP is also working towards a more economical and social development throughout Armenia through the means of organizing enough money to pay for the plantation of more tree’s.[6] These trees will not only be valuable to the overall environment but also assist in providing more food and financial development.[7]

What Do They Do?[edit]

Community Tree Planting and Rural Reforestation[edit]

  • ATP want’s to turn the deforestation rate around by bringing in more plantation programs which will restore the loss of trees.[8] This will hopefully bring together the community as well as they will be working together in local neighbourhoods and cities to replant in public spaces such as parks, schools or other institutions.[9]

Environmental Education and Advocacy[edit]

  • ATP wants to bring in the youth and the overall people of Armenia together and teach them about the values of having a healthy environment to live in. Not only will ATP be saving the trees, but they will also be teaching the public on how to more eco-friendly.[10] Due to the absence of an Environmental Studies in the school systems, ATP will be presenting a curriculum that is suited for schools and will hopefully be approved by the Ministry of Education.[11]

Community Development and Poverty Reduction[edit]

  • A majority of the cut wood from the forests is used for heating purposes since other means are unavailable typically.[12] Throughout history people have resorted to using forest life as a means to survive when nothing else is available, making poverty a huge enemy for forests.[13] Once ATP realized the potential threat that the loss of trees has caused, they planned out a strategy to not replant all those dead trees but to also recruit and employ hundreds of residents to join in on the plantation.[14] ATP has also taught families on how to grow and tend to tree seedlings in their backyard nursery pots. [15]

Building Bridges[edit]

Achievements and Awards[edit]

  • Won the international Energy Globe Award for Sustainability in 2008.[17]

Volunteer Opportunities[edit]

ATP also offers volunteer opportunities during the summer with assistance from Birthright Armenia / Depi Hayk Foundation where people can join a limited amount of positions including: Public Relations and Outreach, Environmental Education, and SEEDS Program.[18]

  • There is a list of requirements that must be met before an applicant can be administered into the organization.[19]

Supporting Organizations[edit]

Birthright Armenia is one of the few organizations that works with ATP to initiate new projects.[20] Others include:


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Armenia Tree Project - Who We Are - Our Staff". Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – The Threat – Threat". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – The Threat – Threat". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Armenia Tree Project - Who We Are – Director’s Desk". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – Home Page - Index". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – Home Page - Index". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – Home Page - Index". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - CTPRR". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - CTPRR". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - EEA". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - EEA". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - CDPR". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - CDPR". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - CDPR". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - CDPR". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Armenia Tree –Building Bridges". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - CDPR". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Armenia Tree Project –Volunteer". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Armenia Tree Project –Volunteer". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Armenia Tree Project – What We Do - Supporting Organizations". Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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