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.
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.