Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
The money allocated by the World Bank and the Government of Armenia, a total of $20 million, for de-desertification of pastures is not used purposefully, says Stepan Khoetsyan, a member of the Committee for Agriculture and Environment, Public Council. According to him, pastures occupy an area of 1 million ha and hayfield - 130,000 ha, by official statistics.
The Nature Protection Inspectorate conducted a series of inspections on 18-25 November and imposed a total of 600,000 drams administrative fines in 8 decisions. The damage to environment was estimated at 139.25 thousand drams, the Ministry reported.
Armenia must lay emphasis on implementation of international documents, Head of the Association For Sustainable Development Karine Danielyan told ArmInfo. The expert recalled that Armenia has recently joined the Minamata Convention on Mercury, but it is important to implement international documents after they are ratified.
Environmentalists are concerned over a new Bill on environment impact assessment that gives new privileges to small HPPs, Head of EcoLur NGO Inga Zarafyan told ArmInfo.
Director of Hydroecology Institute under Armenia's National Academy of Science, Evelina Gukasyan, said at today's press-conference that in 2012 the commercial reserves of crawfish was 850 tons. Experts permitted to fish 220 tons out of 850. She also added that the tendency of stabilization of the crawfish reserves was noticed for the last years and even increasing of the permitted fishing level cannot hinder that.
The volume of releases from Lake Sevan may grow. As the head of the association "For stable development", Karine Danielyan, said at today's press-conference that story is around that alterations will be made to the
Lydian International Ltd., a gold-focused mineral exploration and development company, announced that the working group formed by the Armenian government has concluded its assessment of the company's latest proposed location for a heap leach processing facility at its Amulsar gold project, "EcoLur" NGO reported.
Oct 7-10 the Environment Protection Inspection of Armenia conducted a number of check-ups, with administrative fines worth a total of 580,000 AMD imposed as a result.
As chairperson of the association "For stable development" Karine Danielyan told Arminfo correspondent, the introduction of the green economy is at its initial stage in Armenia. "There are obstacles on this way.
European Business Congress Working Committee Ecology and Healthcare has convened in Armenia. The meeting was entitled "Upgrading Efficiency of Environmental Management Systems on Gas Facilities," ArmRusgasprom press-service told ArmInfo.
One more Armenian river has fallen victim to a small water power plant.
Armenian Minister of Nature Protection Aram Haroutyunyan said that the document aims to enhance the efficiency of the use of water resources and to prevent violations. The individuals violating the service rules will pay a penalty 100 times as much as their wages (instead of the current penalty, which is 80 times as much as their wages), and officials will pay a penalty 300 times as much their wages (instead of the current penalty which is 150 times as much as their wages).
Kaps water reservoir may save National Park "Arpi." Last year environmentalists alarms of lowering water level in Lake Sevan. In fact, two islands, where Dalmatian pelican and Armenian gulls put on the Red List of threatened species lay eggs, have turned into peninsulas. Environmentalists explain this with operation of the small HPP on the River of Akhuryan. Head of WWF-Armenia Karen Manvelyan told ArmInfo that the level of water in the lake keeps falling.
Following a visit to the Amulsar site on September 3, 2013, an EBRD environmental specialist concluded that Lydian has made tremendous progress in restoring the land that was disturbed by mine exploration activities, including roads and drill pads that are no longer needed, the company said in a press release.
The Pan-Armenian Environmental Front has urged the Prosecutor General's Office to inquire into the illegal construction of a processing factory in the village of Tashtoun, Syunik region.
PensionDenmark Fund will provide 350 million Danish Krones to Teghut CJSC for acquisition of manufacturing equipment, the company said in a press release. The funds will be provided through the State Agency of Demark.