A number of environmental NGOs and residents of Gegharkunik, Ararat and Armavir regions have launched a campaign to save Lake Sevan.
In May 2013 a group of environmentalists and journalists visited Lori region and the local Akhtala ore mining company and noticed that the waste of the company's Shamlugh mine was thrown into the nearby gorges, while the area near the Ayrum tailing dump was used for cattle grazing. Khachikyan noted that since the change of the manager in 2013, the company has improved its environmental policy even though the waste in the gorge has not yet been removed and nor have they fenced off the area near the Ayrum tailing dump.
Pan-Armenian Environmental Front (PAEF) has preferred the meeting with the prime minister to radical steps for environmental protection, activist Yeghia Nersisyan told reporters, Thursday.
He said that the mining industry in Armenia seriously damages environment polluting the drinking and irrigation water sources. In the created situation nobody bears responsibility. Moreover, according to the legislation, the mining companies do not pay taxes for wastes.
To recall, on March 25 Head of the Government Staff - Minister Vache Gabrielyan offered the activists to meet with the prime minister after they tried to break the international conference "Establishment of Responsible Mining Industry in Armenia: Opportunities and Challenges."
Over the past 10 years Great Britain and many other countries have propagandized the idea of transparency in mining industry, Katherine Leach, the UK Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia, said during an international conference titled "Responsible Mining in Armenia: Opportunities and Challenges" in Yerevan on March 25.
On 25 March, several public organizations of Armenia took an attempt to disrupt the conference dedicated to the challenges and capabilities of the mining industry of the republic. The conference was organized by the government of Armenia and the World Bank.
On March 25 the green activists will hold an alternative conference on mining. The event will be the response to the March 25-26 international conference titled "Responsible Mining in Armenia: Opportunities and Challenges".
She said that Armenia's regions face a disastrous situation due to the tailing dumps and open-cut mining. The matter concerns the contamination of soil, water and agricultural products. According to various surveys, in the "mining" towns such as Kapan and Kajaran the contamination with toxic metals exceeds the limit by 100 and more times.
The activities of Ler Ex Ltd, an ore mill operating in Syunik region, causes serious damage to nature, reports the Pan-Armenian Environmental Front.
Residents of several villages in the Argatsotn region have been repeatedly blocking the Yerevan-Aparan road as a sign of protest against construction of the small HPP, which, as they claim, will deprive the villages of the irrigation water. Earlier on Wednesday, in the course of another action of protest, Minister of Territorial Administration of Armenia Armen Gevorgyan met with the villagers and promised them to give a solution to the problem on 21 March.
Armenian environmentalists will send an open letter to President Serzh Sargsyan asking him to ban planned increased water releases from Lake Sevan, Gagik Tadevosyan, a former chairman of a parliament committee on social, health and environment issues and a co-author of the law on Lake Sevan, said at today's press-conference.
In Armenia secondary deposits are neglected as they promise no super profits, Head of the Association for Sustainable Human Development Karine Danielyan told ArmInfo on Friday.
Armenia's forests face new threats. Illegal deforestation has been the environmentalists' pain in the neck for a long time. Independent experts have repeatedly pointed out that the "business" is covered by the state officials who obtain high profit from illegal timber works. One more threat is the unconscientious mining companies that throw heavy-metal waste into the forestry. So, environmentalists say that the damage caused to the flora and fauna is irreparable.
Armenia may face serious problems unless it adopts a clear policy on how to protect its water resources, MP from Prosperous Armenia Party Lyova Khachatryan told journalists on Tuesday.
As Pre-parliament reported, residents of Ushi, Ohanavan, Artashavan, Karbi, Saghmosavan, Yerznka, and Yeghvard villages have blocked the highway, and demanded to stop construction of a hydroelectric power plant (HPP) nearby Aparan Reservoir.