A pilot project on sustainable use of forest resources and alternative livelihoods was developed in the frames of FLEG II. It is aimed at development of wood briquetting in Tavush Region of Armenia to make use of fuel-wood resources more efficient and reduce pressure on forest resources and land degradation caused by loggings for fuel-wood. A business plan for the pilot project implementation was also developed.
The wood briquetting unit is proposed to be established in Koghb community of Tavush Region, where the administration of Noyemberyan Forest Enterprise (FE) of “Hayantar” State Non-Commercial Organization/SNCO (state forest managing body) is located. WWF-Armenia will support the project by provision of the needed equipment for briquettes production in the frames of FLEG II.
During the screening phase, the activity was proposed to be rated as B category (moderate impact), which according to the Environmental Assessment and Management Framework (EAMF) requires a limited Environmental Assessment (EA) and/or an Environmental and Social Management Plan/ESMP (only the most evident issues to be addressed; some standard mitigation measures and monitoring needed). The ToRs attached provides details and additional information.