Head of “EcoRight” NGO Arthur Grigoryan presents certain observations on the environmental section of the new governmental programme, “The most characteristic feature in the environmental section of the new governmental programme is extremely insufficient professional approach. The programme text lacks logical structure and systematization. The environmental section in the programme shows the low awareness of the people in the government in charge of environment of the content of international program concepts being implemented in Armenia so far.
The people in charge of environment are not aware that with the multimillion funding of German KfW bank several processes have been implemented in the strictly preserved areas of nature (including national parks and reserves) such as approval of management plans, mapping of areas and their cadaster approval, capacity building of the staff. In this context separating several areas from this process and prescribing in the governmental programme is not understandable.
In the same way, another German organization, GIZ, has already carried out in-detailed examination of forests introducing such technological systems which enable online observation of illegal forest felling.
I will present only one systematic priority with several provisions, which this government can form and solve: the environmental problems in mining are as follows:
1. To publicise mining-related information - permits, mining allotment acts, non-confidential geological data, beneficial owners and other data. This priority arises from commitments undertaken by Armenia with different international processes, such as Open Government Partnership (OGP) or newly launching Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI):
2. To develop mining strategy, which Armenia doesn’t have so far.
3. To regulate environmental impact assessment and expertise process.
4. Official certification of projected capacities and fullness extent of existing tailing dumps and classification of soil management wastes shall be carried out.”
12:23 October 20, 2016