"Dilijan" national park
Dilijan National Park is a unique site of Armenia's wildlife, which stands out by the wealth of original biodiversity, mezophile woodlands, separate ecosystems of scientific, educational and economic interest, as well as by its patrimonial, environmental, cognitive, curative and recreational assets.
Dilijan National Park is situated on the northern side of the Republic, on the mountainside of Pambak, Aregouni, Miapor ranges, halfway between Aghestev and Getik rivers watersheds, 1000-2200m above sea level.
The imperative need of protecting original woodlands in Northern Armenia was formulated as early as in 1958. To this end, Dilijan State forest-reserve was founded on an area belonging to Dilijan Forestry and on nearby public forest estates. Nevertheless, it was impossible to apply strict protection requirements on a site held as Armenia's leading recreational zone for its landscape resources of medicinal interest and unique historical and cultural monuments, which is host of numerous health resorts and recreational facilities. The territory of the protected area was under high human pressure. The requirements set for site protection were violated in mass. Almost all forms of nature exploitation were used (cattle-grazing, hay-making, holiday-making etc). To address the above-said legislative variances and harmonize environmental and nature exploitation-related functions, the Government decided to re-organize Dilijan State-protected area into national park in 2002.
The chief purpose behind the establishment of Dilijan National Park was to provide for normal ecosystem development, landscape and biodiversity conservation, as well as protection of historical and cultural patrimony in Aghestev and Getik river basins.
The protective measures have as a target the protection of mezophile forests of Caucasian type, the conglomerations of beeches and oak-trees, exceptional alley of keni-trees, the unique forest fauna and original cultural and historical monuments.
The park area is divided into 3 territorial-functional zones: protected area, recreational zone and economic section. Any activity susceptible to impair natural ecosystems equilibrium or put at risk the survival of monuments of scientific and cultural interest is prohibited in the protected area. Human activities here are confined to scientific research and tourism. Environmental activities and those associated with the use of natural resources in full conformity with park protection requirements are allowed in the recreational and economic zones of the park.
Republic of Armenia Ministry of Environmental Protection is the sole public agency having authority for park management. Dilijan National Park SNCO provides for the compliance with the requirements specified in the park by-laws.