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Armenian capital Yerevan to beco
Armenian capital Yerevan to become
greener and more energy efficient
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
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
New aquaculture system in Armeni
New aquaculture system in Armenia
reduces groundwater consumption
A model fish-production farm that uses new, water-saving production methods is
being inaugurated today in Sayat-Nova, in Armenia’s Ararat province. The new
installation was made possible by an FAO project and a public
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 FAO’s 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 project’s 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
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.
State Budget Funds Designed for
State Budget Funds Designed for
Cleaning Flooded Littoral Areas in Lake Sevan Annually Reduced
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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