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.
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"Such things have happened on a regular basis over the last three years, with the authorities doing nothing but fixing some symbolic fines. This is a criminal case and it must be invested by the police," the Greens say.
Environmentalists continue expressing concerns about the Ayrum tailing dump. According to Chairman of the Green Union of Armenia Hakob Sanasaryan, the tailings have come very close to the local road and may well cause its collapse.
As press-service of Armenia's Nature Protection Ministry reported, during his official visit to Iran, Aram Harutyunyan, Nature Protection Minister of Armenia, met with Ms. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of Iran and head of Iran's Environmental Protection Organization.
Despite serious risks to environment, in Armenia the re-cultivation of tailing ponds is still implemented only verbally, the head of "Armenia's green union", Hakop Sanasaryan, told Arminfo correspondent.
The Vorotan Hydro Cascade brought sustainable profit to the state budget of Armenia and the decision on the sale of the Cascade was inexpedient, Armenak Dovlatyan, Head of the Green Party of Armenia, said at a press conference on Saturday.
Head of WWF Armenia Karen Manvelyan has told ArmInfo that the talks on acquisition of the Caucasian red deer are already underway. The rare species will be brought to Armenia from Russia and probably from Georgia and Iran, too. Manvelyan said that a total 15 deer (3-4 male deer and 11-12 female deer) will be acquired in June-July 2014.
The bear cub was found in 2012. The WWF Armenian Office with the support of its German colleagues built a temporary shelter for the animal and hired a vet. Nursing the bear cub for 8 months, the specialists let it free in July 2013 attaching a radio neck collar to its neck.
Director of the Scientific Centre for Zoology and Hydro Ecology under Armenia's National Academy of Science, Bardukh Gabrielyan, has pointed at positive and negative sides of the programme for replenishment the stock of trout in Sevan and development of fish breeding. According to this programme, an incubator, fry breeding farm and fish processing factory will be created.
To recall, Armenia's State Committee for Water Resources under Territorial Administration Ministry offered at the legislative level to increase releases from Sevan up to 240 mln sq/m instead of the current 170 mln, as Sev Jur river at Ararat valley cannot provide enough water for irrigation.
The program on replenishment of ishkhan (Armenian trout) reserves in Lake Sevan and fish breeding development has caused the environmentalists' indignation. The program envisages creation of an incubator, a juvenile fish farm and a fish processing factory. The products (frozen fish, tinned fish, smoked fillet) will mostly be exported. Environmentalists say that the Government is already preparing the draft decision on ishkhan breeding in Lake Sevan. Emi Fruit company has completed the pilot project and is presenting its estimations to the Government.