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31.12.2017 Armenian capital Yerevan to beco

Armenian capital Yerevan to become greener and more energy efficient

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2017-12-07

Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, will become a greener and more energy-efficient place thanks to the 7 million in funding provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the framework of the EU-supported Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) project.

It is expected that the energy efficiency in public buildings in Yerevan such as kindergartens will improve, thereby reducing CO2 emissions. The project will help bring local buildings closer to European Union standards by introducing renewable energy solutions and offer better access to disabled people.

This project also involves the improvement of solid waste management. The current local landfill site will be replaced with a brand new site meeting superior health standards, and waste diversion measures will also be implemented in Yerevan and the surrounding regions, benefiting an overall population of 1.9 million.

The E5P is a multi-donor fund to encourage municipal investments in energy efficiency and environmental projects in the Eastern Partnership region. The fund merges financial contributions from the EU and a group of 21 nations, which are then used to leverage national funds and loans from international financial institutions.


31.12.2017 New aquaculture system in Armeni

New aquaculture system in Armenia reduces groundwater consumption

 

Source: un.am, 2017-12-12

A model fish-production farm that uses new, water-saving production methods is being inaugurated today in Sayat-Nova, in Armenias Ararat province. The new installation was made possible by an FAO project and a public private-partnership.

Groundwater levels in the Ararat Valley have been falling in recent years due to overutilization by aquaculture and other sectors. At the request of the Government of Armenia, FAO developed an efficient solution for maintaining fish production while significantly reducing water use.

The new facility, based on the FAO system and built under FAOs technical supervision, was officially opened today with a ceremony attended by Armenian Minister of Agricujlture Ignati Arakelyan, FAO Representative in Armenia Raimund Jehle, officials of the ministries of Agriculture and of Nature Protection, and representatives of other international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and fishery enterprises.

The new model is a breakthrough in using water resources for aquaculture more efficiently, Jehle said. It is an important contribution to sustainable management of resources, as well as increasing income opportunities for rural areas. Jehle also emphazised the projects contribution to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Currently the fish farm in Sayat-Nova is can save and reuse 70 percent of the water used in its flow-through systems, but there is potential for even greater saving more than 90 percent, according to FAO.

Construction of the water-reuse unit is the result of public-private partnership involving FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the private company Bigama-Fruit LLC.

The new facility was built under an FAO project entitled Alternative utilization of water resources in Armenia in the field of fish production, with a total FAO contribution of US$ 400 000. The objective is to reduce overutilization of groundwater in the Ararat Valley, which has been identified as a high-priority problem by the Government of the Republic of Armenia.


31.12.2017 State Budget Funds Designed for

State Budget Funds Designed for Cleaning Flooded Littoral Areas in Lake Sevan Annually Reduced

 

Source: ecolur.am, 2017-12-21

The state budget funds allotted for the cleaning of littoral flooded forests areas in Lake Save have been reduced twice, if to compare the figures of 2015 with 2017. Over this period of tima, a total of 300.33 ha forest-covered area has been cleaned. In reply to Aarhus Center Coordinator Lianna Asoyan' inquiry, RA Nature Protection Ministry Staff Head Hovhannes Hovhannisyan informed that 142.5 ha area was cleaned in 2015, while 179,201,820 AMD was spent. In 2016 93.83 ha area was cleaned, while 116,014,900 AMD was spent. For 2017 the state budget has allocated 83,875 million AMD to Sevan National Park to clean 64 ha of flooded area in Lake Sevan. It should be mentioned that under RA Law 'On Approving Annual and Complex Programs for Recovery, Conservation, Reproduction and Use of Lake Sevan Ecosystem', 125.400.000 AMD was envisaged to clean around 93 ha of forest layers around the lake for 2017.

     

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