Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds (ASPB)
Mission of the organisation
ASPB aims to study, protect and maintain the viable populations of birds, especially those threatened and vulnerable classified globally and at national level, and areas of strategic importance to birds as a valuable natural resource. It is committed to use birds as an important advocacy medium to leverage environmental interest and concern.
- Species Conservation Programme: Cinereous and Gyps vultures, Lesser Kestrel.
- National IBA Programme, monitoring of 18 Armenian IBAs, development and promotion of local caretaker groups.
- Special monitoring schemes for Lesser Kestrel, Cinereous Vulture, Common Crane (archibaldi), globally threatened waterbirds.
- Monitoring programmes: Mid-winter counts, migratory and breeding bird counts.
- Education outreach work in key IBAs, national campaigns (e.g. Spring Alive, Bird of the Year) and advocacy of globally and nationally red listed species across the country.
- Identified 18 IBAs in Armenia under the criteria of BirdLife International.
- Reviewed conservation status of all birds in Armenia and provided national population estimates for the BirdLife International’s project Birds in Europe II.
- 2003-2004 participated in identification of Priority Conservation Areas and Corridors within the framework of CEPF initiative and provided its expertise in the development of the Caucasus Hotspot Ecosystem Profile.
- 2005-2008 created and maintained a network of IBA Caretakers in Armenia.
- Contributed Armenian data to the Regional Species Action Plans for GT Lesser Kestrel, Imperial Eagle and Waterbirds.
- Carried out an extensive research and on-the-ground conservation actions (e.g. artificial feeding) to reverse the decline of globally threatened Cinereous Vulture and even increase its population numbers in Armenia.
- Initiated satellite telemetry of vultures in Armenia (Cinereous and Griffon Vultures).
- In 2008 ASPB participated and contributed to the first Regional Training Board Meeting for Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus and Russia in Kazakhstan within the framework of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project – the largest initiative ever to take place in the African-Eurasian region, for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their critical habitats.
- Initiated and organized first Regional Bird Festivals in key Armenian IBAs using flagship species within the “Bird of the Year” campaigns in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
- In 2008, installed a first artificial breeding tower for Lesser Kestrels in Armenia & the Caucasus: nest box constructions were prepared by schoolchildren of Gorayk IBA.
- In 2008 Armenia, among 28 other countries, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia in Abu Dhabi, UAE. ASPB supported the signature process and where Armenia was the only country from the Caucasus region that signed the MoU.