The draft resolutions of the Armenian Government on SHPP environmental passports and checklists have been approved by SHPP Multi-stakeholder Board.
The SHPP environmental passport is a comprehensive document describing the technical, economic and environmental criteria, which aims to increase SHPP accountability, introduce self-control and promotion mechanisms and to regulate the problems aimed at the improvement of sector-related problems.
The SHPP checklist contains 34 questions of informative and supervisory nature. The checklist, which is the basis of the control, shall reflect SHPP operation risks. The aim of the checklist is to ensure environmental supervision, control in all the stages of SHPP construction and operation, posing questions arising from environmental legislation and international treaties.
Both draft decisions were discussed in details at the meeting of Multi-stakeholder Boards held at EcoLur Press Club. The participants of the meeting were Armen Martirosyan – UNDP Environmental Programme Coordinator, Hovhannes Ghazaryan - UNDP-GEF Small Grant Programme National Coordinator, National Assembly Expert Hermine Poghosyan, “Khazer” Environmental and Cultural NGO Advisor Aram Gabrielyan, Karine Danielyan – President of 'Association for Sustainable Human Development' NGO, WWF Armenia Director Karen Manvelyan, Yerevan Aarhus Center Coordinator Silva Ayvazyan, Mesrop Gharibyan – Leading Specialist of Public Service Regulatory Committee, representatives of RA Ministry for Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, RA Territorial Administration and Development Ministry, RA Ministry for Emergency States, Union of SHPPs, "Supporting New Reforms in SHPP Sector through CSO-Government Dialogue" project experts roza Julhakyan, PhD in Chemical Sciences, Nazik Mkrtchyan - an expert at Environmental Expertise SNCO of Nature Protection Ministry, Samvel Pipoyan - Professor at Biology and Teaching Methodology Department, Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University, Dr. in Biological Sciences and EcoLur Informational NGO's team.
The discussions resulted in making corrections and supplements, afterwards a decision was reached to send the draft decisions to the relevant departments. The development of these drafts is planned in the Action Plan for Hydropower Development in Armenia, which should be approved by the Armenian Government.
The drafts have been developed in the frames of UNDP-GEF funded "Supporting New Reforms in SHPP Sector through CSO-Government Dialogue" project.
The material was developed in the frames of “Supporting new reforms in SHPP sector through CSO-government dialogue” supported by UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme".
15:42 April 18, 2018