by Jeanmarie Papelian
Since 1994, ATP has used trees to help Armenians improve their standard of living and protect the global environment. We've planted over five million trees throughout Armenia and Artsakh, and brought environmental education to thousands of children in the US and Armenia.
ATP's work is guided by its core principles:
• Promoting self-sufficiency. ATP provides jobs to 70 year-round workers in Armenia, and many more temporary workers during planting seasons. We also provide students with information and tools for them to help preserve Armenia’s environment.
• Aiding those with the fewest resources. The employees in our Karin, Khachpar and Mirak nurseries are former refugees from Baku, who had nothing when they came to Armenia. Our forestry sites are in remote northern areas of Armenia, where there are few jobs and lots of people have left to seek work elsewhere. Our work allows residents to stay and support their families. We employ the local residents to assist in greening their communities. And when those trees produce fruit, it is theirs to keep.
• Conserving the indigenous ecosystem. ATP grows and plants over 50 varieties of trees, most of which are native to the region. Our work helps to slow the process of desertification and reduces the risk of landslides. Preserving forests also preserves the plants and animals who live there. We are making a difference. This year, our goal is to put another quarter-of-a-million trees in the ground.
We invite you to Get Rooted with us. With your support, we can reach our goal of a sustainable and green Armenia. Please visit us in Armenia, invite us to present to your school or community group about the environment, and make a donation. Thank you.