IUCN welcomes the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) as its new NGO Member in Armenia. FPWC was admitted as an NGO Member by the IUCN Council at its 77th meeting held in New Delhi from 14-17 November 2011. Currently, FPWC and the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds (ASPB) are IUCN Members in Armenia.
The Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) was established in 2001 with the primary aim to raise local and international awareness for the preservation of Armenia’s unique natural heritage. FPWC implements environmental projects with the help of professionals in the fields of ecology, environmental law, film making as well tourism and regional development.
To overcome the challenge of protecting the remaining precious flora and fauna of Armenia, FPWC relies on media, film making and environmental education for young Armenians. Specifically, FPWC provides environmental education to children and youth, organizes environmental festivals (e.g. the Sunchild International Environmental Festival) and campaigns as well as other projects such as the production of documentaries on nature.
Furthermore, FPWC believes that films pave the way to public awareness and communication infrastructure. Not only does the local community benefit with a greater understanding of what is happening within their country, but films are also an excellent tool to raise the international awareness for Armenia’s treasures of nature and their endangerment.