Notes From Hairenik
Well it looks like the Armenian government’s decision to reroute the alternate road from Meghri to Kapan has been made official. The new road will avoid Shikahogh reserve altogether, but it will be 7 km longer and will cost as expected about $21 million, up from $16 million projected for the initially planned route..

But as I said earlier, environmental protection and forest regeneration organizations operating in Armenia still need to keep a close eye on this project. From what I understand there is a temporary, albeit dirt road leading up to the forest, so tree cutting may still occur. You never know with greedy Armenians.

Click here to read an article posted on Armenia Liberty (RFE/RL) about the official decision.

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