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28.2.2018 Construction of Dam in Lake Seva

Construction of Dam in Lake Sevan Basin Contains High Environmental Risks


Source:, 2018-02-08

The State Committee on Water Industry plans to construct Argitchi and Astghadzor reservoirs in Lake Sevan basin. According to the initial assessments, the reservoirs shall serve for the irrigation of 12 residential areas, as well as to promote energy efficiency: the operation of 6 pumping stations pumping water out of Lake Sevan will be stopped.

Hambardzum Hambardzumyan, Head of Agriculture and Environmental Department of Staff of RA Gegharkounik Regional Municipality, said: 'If the dam ensures minimum amount of water needed for fish movement and spawning, if we can ensure fish pass ways and natural flow in the lower reach, I completely support the construction of dams, which is also positive for the development of agriculture.'

Samvel Pipoyan, Professor of Biology and Teaching Methodology Department, Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University, Dr. in Biological Sciences, sees environmental risks in the construction of dams.

'Construction of dams will result in the complete change of water quality, the whole water of the dam will be directed to irrigation and the bond between Lake Sevan and the upper reach of the Argitchi River will be cut off, which may result in the drastic decrease in the fish reserves in Sevan basin, drastic increase in the reproduction opportunities of red-listed Sevan khramulya, Sevan koghak and 2 trout subspecies, even there is a risk of their elimination in this section. The volumes of invertebrates and water plants can also be reduced,' Samvel Pipoyan said.

'The Astghadzor River doesn't exist as such. In the place where a dam is planned to be constructed, there isn't much water in the river. If a dam is constructed, it may only serve Astghadzor and Zolaqar communities,' Astghadzor resident Vardan Vardanyan said.

Hambardzum Hambardzumyan also confirmed the low water in the rivers of Sevan basin. He mentioned that Vardenik, Martuni, andAstghadzor rivers get dry completely, while in the lower reach of the Argitchi River only sewage flow into Lake Sevan.

28.2.2018 Armenian Government Increasing L

Armenian Government Increasing Legal Tree Felling Volumes


Source:, 2018-02-15

The volumes of legal tree feeling will increase three times in 2018 as compared with the preceding 10 years accounting for 90596 cum. This volume has been approved by the decree of RA Agriculture Ministry as of 6 February 2018.

Even this increased volume can't meet the demand of the timber existing in the country.

The research results of FLEG 1 Project on forest legislation use and forest management sphere implemented in 2010 showed that in Armenia each family uses 10-15 cubic meters of firewood in the season. There annual demand of 500-650 thousand cubic meters of firewood which isnít possible supply by sanitary felling.

Under 'State Center for Forest Monitoring' SNCO, in 2013-2014 the total volume of the fuelwood consumed in the internal market made up 977.011,7dense/c.m. in 2013-2014, the volume of non-registered used fuelwood Ė 773.778 cum.

If a decision is reached to legalize the illegal tree felling to meet the demand of the timber, we will lose our scarce forests, which will result in the serious ecological state Ė soil erosion, loss of water springs, landslide and desertification process activation, loss of oxygen, reduction of carbon dioxide collectors and elimination of forest biodiversity.

In parallel with illegal felling, in the recent 10 years, the state hasn't allotted any funds from the fines paid for illegally felled down trees. According to 'ArmForest' SNCO Deputy Director, Chief Forester Ruben Petrosyan, in 2018 the state has allotted funds for reforestation for the first time in the recent 10 years.

28.2.2018 Community Resilience in Armenia

Community Resilience in Armenia


Source:, 2018-02-22

On 20 February the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski participated in the Community Resilience Forum in Yerevan, along with regional and community government representatives and development programme officers. Topics covered during the forum included how to strengthen community resilience; the results of the incorporation of disaster risk management into socio-economic development strategies and programmes; the importance of utilising new technologies.

The forum was organised as part of the ďInstitutionalisation, replication and dissemination of Disaster Risk Reduction interventions in the South Caucasus of the European Commissionís Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid DepartmentĒ project. This project is funded by the European Commissionís Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Department (DG ECHO). The European Unionís regional Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO) aims to make communities in areas prone to natural hazards less vulnerable, and to boost their resilience to natural and man-made hazards. The total DIPECHO funding in the South Caucasus since 2010 is over Ä10.4 million. In the present funding cycle (DIPECHO V, 2017-2018), the total funding for the Southern Caucasus (Armenia and Georgia) is Ä945,705 (EU contribution of Ä800,000) with approximately Ä520,000 for Armenia through two projects. Current DIPECHO partners in the South Caucasus are: UNDP, UNICEF, Save the Children, Danish Red Cross (implemented through Armenian and Georgian Red Cross societies), Oxfam, and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB)

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28.2.2018 Armenia

Armeniaís SDG Innovation Lab: what did we learn from our first project?


Source:, 2018-02-23

A part-government, part-UN hybrid, the launch of the newly-christened Armenian National SDG Innovation Lab was accompanied by a cascade of commitments including everything from revamping Armeniaís statistical architecture to training an in-house government behavioural science team.

In any industry, we encounter gaps between results and rhetoric, between what sounds good and whatís actually doable. The development sector is certainly no different. With this firmly in the back of our mind and four months in the rear-view mirror, weíve decided to take stock and ask how are we doing? Have we been living up to our promises to be transformative? Are we really a genuine space for different kinds of actors to work together?

To do that, weíre looking through the lens of one of our very first projects: theSDG Barometer ó a real-time platform for measuring and visualising implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Armenia.

To build a tool with relevance to a wide audience, we dug deep into different kinds of potential users to better understand their search habits and data needs.

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