A seminar on project directed at ratifying Minamata Convention on mercury kicked off in Yerevan on June 23. Deputy Minister of Nature Protection Simon Papyan has told that the project has been designed to monitor legal boundaries, as well as estimate the ratification consequences of the Convention.
The Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection refutes the rumors about advancing Lake Sevan on pawn. Earlier that information was voiced by Silva Adamyan, Head of the Bird Lovers' Center, who cited her own sources. She said that Lake Sevan was pawned at one of the largest international banks. "That information has nothing to do with the reality.
In some communities of Armenia orchards are irrigated with sewage water, environmentalist Knarik Hovhannisyan said at a press conference on June 18.
Adamyan has told ArmInfo that the Government has been refusing to discuss the bill "On Biosafety of GM-foods" for a year, however, Melita Hakobyan, President of the National Association of Consumers, says that the bill has been discussed. Meanwhile, Prof. Aida Iskoyan, PhD in Law, Lia Osipyan, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences, Mileta Aristakesyan, Vice Chairperson of the Academy of Protection of Consumers' Rights and other experts, who took part in the discussion of the bill, specify some inaccuracies in the document.
The development of the deposit has caused changes in Armenia's landscape, head of Center of Bird Lovers NGO Silva Adamyan said during the June 4 press conference.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia and the Government of the Republic of Armenia will work together to reduce the impacts of hazardous waste and related contaminated sites from Soviet times, in order to protect human and environmental health through the effective elimination of obsolete pesticide stockpiles, particularly persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Armenia, the website of the UN Yerevan Office reports.
Today, on May 6 ecologists, green activists, representatives, of "Geoteam" and Lydian International, Ministry of Nature Protection and Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources RA have participated in a discussion on Amulsar mine project. The discussion was held at Aarhus Center in Yerevan.
195 residents of Mets Ayrum rural community have addressed a letter to Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan over the situation around the tailing dump of the Akhtala Mining Plant. The letter has also been sent to all parliamentary groups of Armenia, the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection and the Standing Parliamentary Commission for Agriculture and Environment.
"EcoLur" reports that Ministry of Nature Protection RA is performing large-scale inspections at Akhtala ore mining plant. The inspections were launched after "EcoLur"'s alarm signal on the plant's heavy equipment in Mets Airum community. According to the news, hills, landscapes, community grasslands are being taken down and soil is being moved out in spades.
ArmInfo’s Interview with Karine Danielyan, Head of the Association for Sustainable Human Development NGO
Oil and gas prospecting near Sevan will be devastating for the lake, Head of the Association for Sustainable Development Karine Danielyan told ArmInfo.
The inhabitants of Mets Airum rural community are demonstrating against the plans on building a new Akhtala ore mining plant tailing dump. Oleg Dulgaryan, a member of the community’s Council of Elders, reported about that during a press-conference on February 24. According to him, the new tailing dump is to be located next to Mets Airum and Chochkan rural communities and will occupy 40 hectares territory. Meanwhile, it is planned to transform the agricultural lands into industrial ones for the construction of the dump.
The small HPPs (SHHPs) constructed on the rivers in Armenia will get green passports, the press service of EcoLur NGO reports. The process has been launched in the frames of Support to SHPP-relating reforms through the dialogue of public and RA Nature Protection Ministry for Sustainable Use of River Ecosystems" project. This project is implemented by 'EcoLur' Informational NGO in partnership with Nature Protection Ministry - donors UNDP and GEF.
Mining industry has leading positions in terms of environmental damage in Armenia, Inga Zarafyan, Head of EcoLur NGO, told ArmInfo.