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International Seminar on Current Issues of Conservation and Wise Use of Wetlands and Wetland Biodiversity in the European NIS, 15-19 September 2003

Participants at the International Seminar board a boat for a tour of Lake Sevan.
David Read Barker (middle), president of LakeNet, joins seminar participants during the poster session.
Participants attend the poster session at the international seminar for Newly Independent States held on Lake Sevan, Armenia.
Beautiful Lake Sevan provided an appopriate setting for seminar discussions.
The seminar included a field trip to sites around Lake Sevan. This photo shows the erosion that took place after the water level of the lake was lowered by 40 meters in the 1940s as part of a major Soviet project.
Seminar participants visited a site which showed the effects of a water withdrawal project during former Soviet times.
Exhibits inside the Lake Sevan museum in Armenia. Local groups want to update the exhibits and find a new home for the museum.
The Lake Sevan museum is full of artifacts and animal collections from throughout the region.
Seminar participants visit a site on one of the tributaries flowing into Lake Sevan.
The water level drop on Lake Sevan has had many negative impacts, including the draining of important wetlands along the shore of the lake.
View of Lake Sevan, Armenia.

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