Official opening of the Visitor Center in the Garni district of Khosrov Forest Reserve
On September 9th, 2008, the Visitor Center built in the Garni district within the project financed by the Norwegian Government and supported by WWF Norway was officially opened. The Norwegian State Secretary Ms. Heidi Sorensen, Minister of Nature Protection Mr. Aram Harutyunyan, Director of Khosrov Reserve Mr. Samvel Shaboyan, Director of WWF Armenian Branch Office Mr. Karen Manvelyan and other local and international guests were present at the inauguration. As Mr. Karen Manvelyan mentioned in his speech, "This pilot project will promote ecotourism development and help the protected area to overcome considerable financial shortages and to create alternative livelihood for local communities located near the reserve".
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Armenian Minister of Nature Protection and the Norwegian State Secretary was followed by the dinner in the reserve. The next day the Norwegian delegation and other guests accompanied by WWF Armenia staff went for hiking in Khosrov Forest Reserve to see the Havuts Tar Monastery, Garni Тemple and other sites.