|Town/Region||Gnishik, Gyulagarak , Herher , Khosrov, Noyemberyan, Shikahogh|
|Categories||Biodiversity, Fungi, Plants|
|Date||19 Mar 2018|
In 2014, the 32 Important Plant Areas have been identified in Armenia. Designation of these areas based on several criteria considering threatened, endemic species and important habitats for vascular plants, whereas the IPAs can provide much higher conservation value and cover also species and habitats of fungi, lichens, mosses inhabiting with such a plant communities. In the frame of this project, we aim to initiate research and to propose conservation measures for epiphytic lichens of the several IPAs in Armenia. As a result, epiphytic lichen diversity of the 7 IPA's will be studied and conservation measures will be proposed. It is also well known, that epiphytic lichens are good indicators of ecological continuity and health of ecosystems. Therefore, the sites for monitoring of the IPAs will also be established. They can provide information about changes of biological processes in ecosystems. Finally, the project will be a step forward for official recognition of the Important Plant Areas in Armenia by the state bodies.
The main conservation outputs of the project will be:
• Collected data including results of literature review on epiphytic lichens, including threatened, rare and indicator species reported from the 7 Important Plant Areas of Armenia
• Monitoring sites in each target IPA with basic information on indicator epiphytic lichen species
• Distribution maps of the threatened species proposed for the Red Data Book of Armenia in the target IPAs
• Report on threats assessment for target IPAs
• Recommendations on lichen-oriented conservation measures provided to the Ministry of Nature Protection for consideration during development of conservation policies, PA management plans and other related documents
• Conservation education seminars in local communities, disseminated 500 copies informational brochures, 7 informational headboards in all IPAs.
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