Scientific research in the reserve has been carried out through individual projects, by the Institute of Botany NAS RA and the Scientific Centre of Zoology and Hydroecology (former Institute of Zoology) NAS RA. For example, in 2004-2007 I. Khorozyan and A. Malkhasyan conducted the leopard Panthera pardus and prey studies on the Meghri Ridge. Results of these efforts are published in a number of papers:
“Persian leopard photographed in Armenia”, Cat News, 2005 (English, pdf, 531 KB).
Results of botanical research in Shikahogh (E. Gabrielyan, G. Faivush, N. Khanjyan) are published in these works:
Beginning from 2004, Armenian (A. Aghasyan, L. Aghasyan), American (J. Ettling – page 1 and page 2) and Russian (N. Ananjeva, N. Orlov) scientists continue their investigations of the Armenian viper Montivipera raddei on the Meghri Ridge.
Particular attention has been paid to awareness raising among reserve and sanctuary personnel and local people about biodiversity and the importance of its conservation. Relevant activities include school contests with memorable gifts for winners and dissemination of information. Moreover, in-depth measures have been taken to promote economic development (gardening, beekeeping) of local communities. Some results are published:
Booklet of about Shikahogh Reserve published by Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment non-governmental organization, 2008 (Armenian, pdf, 544 KB).
“Promoting sustainable resource use among local communities”, CEPF Newsletter, May-June 2008 (English, pdf, 547 KB).
The website was created in 2009 as part of the project “Biodiversity Protection and Community Development: Implementing Ecoregional Conservation Plan Targets in South Armenia”. The project was implemented by WWF Norway and WWF Armenia with the financial support of the Norwegian Government.
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