One of the key challenges in the field of biodiversity conservation is the internal capacity to manage the site and its natural resources. As a part of its capacity building program at local level, ASPB carried out an Endangered Species Monitoring Workshop, which was held at Lake Sevan IBA on 21 December 2009.
The training session was attended not only by all IBA caretakers, but also, within the frames of cooperation with the administration of protected areas (PAs), by the authorities and inspectors of Lake Sevan National Park and Khosrov Strict Reserve who are directly involved in field work.
The meeting was in a form of training sessions and moderated by an invited guest expert in the field of biodiversity conservation. The training workshop introduced the advanced species monitoring techniques and specific methodologies used both for endangered bird species (Caucasian grouse, Egyptian and Griffon vultures) and for those which have been in relatively more favorable conditions. Moreover, specific monitoring data collection sheets developed by BirdLife International have been adapted to meet the local Armenian conditions and were distributed to all workshop participants. These data collection sheets can help to carry out baseline surveys of sites and collect data which will eventually feed into national reports (e.g. CBD) and the IUCN Red List.
The existing monitoring scheme was proposed for adoption by the Lake Sevan National Park for future monitoring activities. One of the important outcomes of the meeting was an offer for official collaboration, made by the Sevan National Park administration. It is aimed at a cooperation agreement with ASPB. Such idea is to be realized secured in 2010.