ArmInfo. "Now the Ministry of Ecology is actively engaged in the implementation of the new government program, which is aimed at solving the main, most important issues in the field of ecology, designed for 2017-2022," Deputy Ecology Minister Eric Grigoryan said at a press conference on July 17.
According to Grigoryan, the main problems for today are the solution of tasks related to water resources, air pollution, issues of biodiversity conservation and combating corruption. He informed that the program for monitoring the condition of abandoned mines, often causing significant harm to the environment, will soon start. In addition, in order to ensure the safety of citizens, examinations will be conducted, and, if necessary, international assessments of the impact of abandoned mines, and residents of these territories will be warned in advance of the dangers. "This system will help to control the impact of abandoned mines and mines on the environment," said the deputy minister of ecology.
Touching upon the issue of water from Lake Sevan, Grigoryan said that from an ecological point of view this is a serious problem, but it should not be considered in detail. In addition, we should not forget about the need to adjust the irrigation system in rural communities. "it is about the whole region. To solve the issue of water supply in general," Grigoryan said. Grigoryan also noted that cases of illegal deforestation and damage to the environment are still being registered in Armenia. "I have already instituted criminal proceedings against deforestation in Ijevan and damage to Dilijan's forest machines, I urge all the citizens of Armenia to inform the ministry about this on 24-hour hotline in case of violations, I assure all citizens that no such Violation will not go unpunished," concluded the deputy minister of ecology.
To reminded, the Armenian government received the permission to increase the volume of water from Lake Sevan to 270 million cubic meters. According to experts, a decrease in the water level in Sevan will lead to irreversible consequences, namely, to increase the water logging process in the lake.