Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC)
NGO founded: 2001
Partnership formed: 2010
Organisation's aim: To highlight Armenia's unique national heritage by using a wide range of innovative projects, with the main focus on education and raising awareness through film and media.
The organisation was established by Ruben Khachatryan, an Armenian filmmaker, with zoologist Hrach Ghazaryan, to address what was perceived as a lack of environmental concern in the country since its independence in 1991. He set up FPWC to raise awareness of conservation issues, especially among young people.
Partnership with WLT
In 2010, Barbara Siebert of FPWC submitted a proposal to the WLT for the purchase and protection of land surrounding the Khosrov Reserve, in south-western Armenia. Following a site visit, to assess the feasibility of a partnership and any potential future projects, we became partners later that year.
Projects with WLT
WLT is urgently raising funds to support a conservation project to protect the threatened Caucasian Leopard.
WLT currently supports FPWC through the Keepers of the Wild appeal, which funds rangers on our partners' reserves.
In 2011, WLT assisted FPWC in hosting a conference entitled "The Role of Civil Society and Private Actors in Wildlife Protection in the South Caucasus". The the conference aimed to create a network of partners to tackle the threats to the Caucasus region, which is largely unprotected.
Other projects and activities
- Making wildlife films about the unique biodiversity of Armenia and holding an annual film festival;
- Running an Eco club called Sun-Child, offering free after school environmental education to children from the surrounding community;
- Working with Yerevan Zoo to improve animal welfare, education, and nature protection.
Director and Founder of FPWC: Ruben Khachatryan