The Nature Visitor Center is located in Dsegh Community, Lori Marz – one of Armenia's biologically rich sites and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA), within 35 minutes driving distance from Vanadzor Town and nearly 70 km from the state border with Georgia.
The Nature Visitor Center in Dsegh is established and operated by the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds. The Center is aimed to enhance a nature-based tourist experience in one of the remote natural corners of Armenia, trigger local economy and benefit local people through community-based tourism (birdwatching, hiking, horse-riding, sightseeing and more), provide service products to visitors, information on local natural destinations and serve as a hub for various education programs for school groups, NGOs and other stakeholders.
The community where the Nature Visitor Center is established is famous as a birthplace of the great Armenian writer H. Tumanyan and for his House-Museum, as well as other cultural attractions. However, apart from its rich cultural heritage, Dsegh is one of the biologically rich repositories of biodiversity.
The Center is an out-and-outer institution not only for Armenia, but for the whole Caucasian region as well.
The Center was created in partnership with Biotope (Consultancy Firm based in Montpellier, France) and with financial support from the UNDP's GEF Small Grants Program in Armenia, the SVS-BirdLife International Partner in Switzerland, the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council in France and ASPB.