Meghri Reforestation Pilot Project
In the forest lands of Meghri, there are many forest ecosystems that are degraded due to a variety of circumstances. A part is destroyed by fire, others due to mass reproduction of pests or as a result of soil erosion. According to research findings, there are 2270 ha degraded forest areas within the forest lands of Meghri, including 2050 ha of forest with pest-affected leaves (on 540 ha leaves already dried out) and 220 ha burned by fires. Among degraded forest areas of Meghri, Shvanidzor forest area was selected as a target for reforestation. The target site of 20 ha to be reforested is affected by leaf-consuming pests (due to their mass reproduction in 1999-2001) and was then burned due to forest fires (in 2001). The area is mainly under oaks; it is located in the south-western part of the forest, on 300 slope, at 1600 m above sea level.
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