Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) is implementing a community-based reforestation project introducing new technology for Armenia that allows the cultivation of the tree species that are hard or impossible to grow through the bare root method commonly used in Armenia. Along with the reforestation as an action towards climate change, forests and trees support food security and nutrition for wildlife, thus the actions taken will help to resolve the human-wildlife conflict, providing the wildlife a proper source for nutrition.
The nursery built within the frameworks of “Forest Landscape Restoration” project is located in the territory of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge and is an important infrastructure.
FPWC produces native plant seedlings using the Target Plant Concept (TPC) method. The TPC provides a framework for defining, producing, and handling native plant seedlings based on morphological and physiological characteristics suited to particular planting environments. By selecting seed from local plant populations and carefully culturing seedlings in the nursery, seedlings are adapted to where they are planted and, coupled with the other attributes of plant quality that are emphasized, survival is exceptionally high.
Tens of thousands of saplings have already been planted in different regions of Armenia during the program implemented since Y2016, which required a lot of effort and energy. It is possible that wild crops are preferred because their fruit is a source of food for some of the animals found in the area.