The expert points out that the tailing dumps are not properly isolated from the environment, particularly, from the subsoil water. "Consequently, we face contamination with heavy metals, degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity. This also seriously affects human health. No wonder people suffer from infertility and oncological diseases in the settlements adjacent to the deposits", she says.
The negative balance of Lake Sevan will lead to sharp worsening of the water quality, the head of the Association "For stable development", Karine Danielyan, told Arminfo correspondent.
The negative balance of Lake Sevan may exceed 12 sm by the end of the current year, the head of "EcoLur" NGO, Inga Zarafyan, told Arminfo correspondent. In March 2014 Hydrometcenter predicted worsening of the water regime of rivers because of low rainfall in autumn 2013, especially in October-November, as well as low snowfall in winter.
The Emergency Situations Ministry of Armenia was alarmed late in the evening on Sunday that the River of Hrazdan overran its banks flooding the adjacent settlements. Rescuers arrived on the spot immediately. It turned out that several houses in the village of Jrarat were partially flooded as 6 cu m/sec water releases were launched at 6:00pm on 27 September and 8 cu m/sec - at 3:00pm on the next day.
Illegal deforestation in Armenia is 70-80 times as much as official data, Inga Zarafyan, Head of EcoLur NGO, says in an interview to ArmInfo.
Workshop on climate changes and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has kicked off in Yerevan, Armenia, for Asia-Pacific region and Eastern Europe. The event that has brought together 54 representatives from 47 countries will end on 10 September.
Despite protests of environmentalists, Mego Gold Company gets a permission to launch the third Tukhmanuk tailing dump.
The Armenian Government's decision to increase the water release from Lake Sevan to 270 mln cu m endangers the lake ecosystem, environmentalist Knarik Hovhannisyan said at today's press conference in Yerevan.
A leopard family in the Arevik National Park in the south of Armenia has given birth to two cubs, Head of WWF Armenia Karen Manvelyan told journalists on Thursday.
Armenia's Nature Protection Minister, Aramais Grigoryan, accompanied by the governor of Syunik region, Vahe Hakopyan, and other officials visited today the tailing dumps of Zangezur copper and molybdenum plant, "Dundee Precious Metals Kapan" and Agarak copper and molybdenum plant.
The hunting season in Armenia traditionally opens in August. In the meantime, the environmentalists do not cease claiming that the lack of proper control along with the hunters' incompetence may endanger the Red Book bird species.
In early July "The Sydney Morning Herald" published an article about thousands of great apes, which are killed or trafficked into "slavery" each year in a multi-million dollar illegal trade. "Organised criminal networks, involving corrupt government officials, threaten great apes with extinction by trafficking them to be used as performers or pets," said Daniel Stiles, from the Project to End Great Ape Slavery (Pegas), a campaign group launched to raise awareness of their plight.
The confrontation of ecologists and Melik village residents against "Mega gold" company, which was going to build the third tailing dump, seems to end. As the head of the "Centre for birds lovers", Silva Adamyan, told Arminfo correspondent, Armenia's Nature Protection Ministry declined the project, as it would negatively affect the environment.
She said that the situation on the lake keeps deteriorating under the impact of external factors. On the one hand, the shores, which have not been cleared from trees and bushes but have found themselves under water due to the project on raising the water level of Lake Sevan, lead to bogging of the lake. On the other hand, 60% of the water is polluted and endangers the ichthyofauna. Adamyan added that the temperature of the lake water is rising, which is also a negative factor.
The decision to increase the water release from Lake Sevan to 270 mln cu m is a shady transaction, Head of the Green Union of Armenia Hakob Sanasaryan has told ArmInfo.
The key threat to the country's water resources is the rapid development of the mining industry. "Almost all the tailing dumps of Armenia are in the riverbeds and this contains serious risks. Heavy metals and toxic elements penetrate into the rivers and then into reservoirs and irrigation systems", says Sanasaryan.