From October 28th to 30th Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds joined BirdLife International at BirdLife European and Central Asian Partnership Meeting (EPM) in Sofia, Bulgaria. The total number of 43 partners was present at the meeting, sharing their experience and ideas.
The meeting was opened by welcome words of Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) President Nada Tosheva, who briefly introduced the agenda and the objectives of the meeting. The first day was dedicated to discussions regarding conservation challenges and priorities in Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as European and Central Asian Committee meeting was included in the program agenda.
On Thursday, 29th of October the main opening of EPM was announced. The event was significant as this was the first time since new BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita introduced herself to the European and Central Asian partners. She presented her new vision for BirdLife and made a comprehensive discussion with all participating partners to achieve a better mutual understanding and to gather views and ideas about the work the CEO and of the Regional Partnership has done.
The EPM incorporated various workshops featuring some actual topics (e.g. IBA, extinction prevention, issues relating to the migratory birds and their flyways) essential for most of the BirdLife partners. All ideas and suggestions were summarized and were taken into consideration in order to modify the future strategy and activities of BirdLife International Partnership.
Armenia, as well as Georgia and Azerbaijan, were engaged in the “Caucasian Initiative” program, which aimed to identify the clear priorities and steps towards achieving them over the next 2-3 years. The crucial part of the program was to understand and raise the importance as to how Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan can be supported in order to make this outline achievable.
ASPB was an active contributor to all workshops and discussions. Our staff members highlighted the regional and global issues existing in bird conservation, as well as shared their ideas and concepts which could be useful for the other partners within BirdLife family.
Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds would like to extend its gratitude to Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) for the brilliant organization and hosting of EPM 2015. Also, we thank BirdLife Stichting Europe for offering support to ASPB and making our participation possible.