On December 15, the first results of the project entitled "Support to the Reforms of SHPPs through a Dialogue between the Public and the Ministry of Nature Protection of the RA for the Purpose of River Ecosystem Use" were publicized in Yerevan.
WWF Armenia and "ArmForest" SNCO are implementing a joint project to improve the management of Ijevan partial reserve. WWF Armenia Head Karen Manvelyan has told ArmInfo that the boundaries will be optimized and a management plan will be worked out. "We are going to merge two partial reserves - Ijevan and Gandzakar, as well as to optimize the boundaries and study the importance of territories in terms of biodiversity.
Bardukh Gabrielyan, Director of the Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, said at a press conference on December 11 that by the data of 2005 the whitefish reserve in Lake Sevan made up 400-450 tons. Last year that indicator was about 300 tons. The expert hopes that if the population keeps growing, it will be possible to lift the ban on whitefish fishing in the Sevan in several years. The minimum whitefish reserve is 1 thsd tons.
On November 30, in Paris President Serzh Sargsyan participated at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Conference, which is presided over by France, is attended by the Heads of state and government from 150 countries and by thousands of delegates, the president's press-office said.
Armenian Minister of Nature Protection Aramais Grigoryan met with representatives of a number of diplomatic missions in Armenia, as well as the EU Delegation to Armenia.
Sevan and Dilijan National Parks do not meet Category II (National Park) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), WWF-Armenia Head Karen Manvelyan has told ArmInfo.
Tension on the border with Azerbaijan becomes an obstacle for WWF- Armenia activity. As it was informed earlier, several species of leopards have settled in the south of Armenia. WWF trail cameras installed in the borderline area help to trail the life of leopards. In March of the current year 8 cameras were located but recently at a result of the tension on the Azerbaijani border WWF Armenia staff cannot approach the territory.
The small-scale hydropower plants (HPPs) in Armenia do not prove their worth, Head of WWF-Armenia Karen Manvelyan has told ArmInfo. "The calculations are wrong. Even those who invest in the small-scale HPPs realize that they cannot obtain the designed electric power output," says Manvelyan. The outcome of such a situation is desperate. "To recover the investments, they route all the water into the pipes without leaving an environmental flow," he says.
The Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection is again refuting the rumors about the use of Sevan water for restoration of Lake Urmia on Iran.
As compared to the 1990s, Armenia is experiencing improvement of the ozone layer, Karine Danielyan, Head of the Association for Sustainable Human Development NGO, said at a press conference on September 16.
In an article several months ago I highlighted the myths about mining industry in general. Today I want to focus on Amulsar specifically and separate myths from concerns. Many questions voiced have been addressed continuously for years by different means of communications and those constituencies that had valid concerns have been satisfied by the answers. By this said, I do not want to imply that there should not be any further questions. They are welcome and any further concerns will be addressed properly. However when the same unfounded claims, that received comprehensive answers, still continue to be circulated, they stop being concerns and turn into myths.
It is already 10 days, as the "Environmental Public Alliance" is waiting for a response from the Prime Minister of Armenia on the issue of pumping water from Sevan Lake to Urmia in Iran.
The Ministry of Nature Protection of RA denies the information on that Iran intends to purchase water from lake Sevan in order to restore the water resources of lake Urmia, which is near extinction. This has been communicated by Temina Arzumanyan, the press secretary of the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA.