ENVIRONMENTALIST CALLS FOR REVISING DECISION TO USE SEVAN RESOURCES
- The rainfalls on the territory of Armenia over the past 20 days have created a need to revise the decision on using an additional quantity of water from Lake Sevan, says an environmentalist.
"Rains are definitely of help as they first of all change the micro-climate. And besides, I see that they occur not only in Yerevan, but also in the Aragatsotn region and the Ararat Valley, i.e. the places that need irrigation more," Karine Danielyan, the president of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, told Tert.am on Monday.
The Government has responded to Danielyan's concerns by the argument that the winds and the dry climate in April and May have caused the winter snow to melt and get absorbed into the soil instead of filling rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
"They said the reservoirs are empty, and so are the lakes, while the river flow has reduced significantly," she noted.
Before the most recent rainfalls in capital Yerevan [which was this Sunday], Danielyan had met Vice Prime Minister Armen Grigoryan to voice the problem. But the latter said the situation in villages is critical, with the population facing a great demand of water. Gevorgyan reportedly promised to use every single liter of water in a reasonable manner.
The environmentalist apparently believes that the reservoirs could not have remained empty after the winter snowfalls as the melted snow should have emerged from the ground waters.
"If there were no rains for two months but the [winter] was snowy, that snow couldn't have evaporated from Armenia," she said.
Ombudsman Karen Andreasyan said recently in a statement that the Government and the National Assembly of Armenia had made the decision without any public hearings, thus violating a basic requirement set out in the Aarhus Convention.
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