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Natural Disaster in Artik Resulting from Non-Assessment of Risks
The natural disaster occurred in Artik is the result of not assessing the risks. Reminder: on 24 June the houses and streets in Artik towns were flooded and filled with mud because of unprecedented precipitation. Thus case proved that the decisions and programs adopted for the reduction and management of risks in Armenia are inefficient and the local self-government bodies, as a rule, don't take them into consideration when developing their development plans. On 7 March 2012 the government ado...
2016-06-06 16:24:41
21 Trees Illegally Cut Down in "Dilijan" National Park
As the Information and Public Relations Department of Nature Protection Ministry informs, the workers of “Dilijan” National Park SNCO detected and drew up 8 protocols of forest violations for illegally cut down 21 trees in May 2016.
2016-06-03 20:41:44
World Bank loans pushing for “war” on water
In 2013 World Bank provided around 30 million USD as a loan to Republic of Armenia for improving its irrigation systems. The loan was provided under the condition to repay it within 30 years. The Armenian government in its turn plans to contribute with 7.5 million USD. The project is planned to be realized within 4 years in 4 locations (Meghri, Geghardalich, Baghramyan-Norakert and Kaghtsrashen) where the mechanical irrigation system will be replaced with gravity (self-flowing) irrigation system...
2016-05-30 14:35:58
Today is ‪‎World Migratory Bird Day‬
Today is ‪‎World Migratory Bird Day‬! Here’s how atoms in bird feathers and beaks have a part to play. By measuring the ratio of certain atoms in these birds, scientists can understand where they go, where they like to live, and what they eat and drink, which are key for protecting them and their habitats. These atoms are known as isotopes, which are chemical elements with the same number of protons, but a different number of neutrons. Over time, one or more stable isotopes of hydrog...
2016-05-14 12:04:05
Poachers destroyed this rhino’s face: Veterinarians are trying to fix it (video)
The white rhino was left to die last spring. Poachers had entered the reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, sedated the female with a dart tranquilizer, and hacked off her horns and part of the skull under them. When the reserve’s owners found the rhino days later, news reports said, the gruesome hole in her face was riddled with maggots. But she was alive. Last week, the rhino — who has since been dubbed Hope — underwent facial reconstruction surgery inten...
2016-05-14 11:57:57
Another Discussion Around Qaghtsrashen Project Failed (Photos)
Another discussion on Qaghtsrashen gravity irrigation project, which was planned to be held in Garni community yesterday, at 14:00, was failed. Garni residents refused to take part in the discussion initiated by the State Committee on Water Industry and declared they were rejecting this project. Kotayk Regional Head Karapet Guloyan, Aram Harutyunyan – Chairman of State Committee on Water Industry and the representatives of the PIU and the developing company arrived in Garni and immediately...
2016-05-13 17:49:46
The Elimination of Birds Primarily Harms Us։ Ecologists Alarm
On May 14, the whole world celebrates the day of migratory birds. Օn this occasion a press conference was held in Post Scriptum Press Club and the speakers were "Center for Bird Lovers" NGO chairman Silva Adamyan "Pro Paws" animal welfare charity organization education officer Karine Panosyan. Ecologists spoke about promoting and hindering factors of birds migration. The main problems are that birds collide with electricity poles, are faced with airplanes and also poaching during the migr...
2016-05-13 17:04:24
Garni Residents Blocked the Yerevan-Garni Highway Again
Right now Garni Residents again blocked the Garni-Yerevan highway and refuse to participate in the discussion of the project of taking water from the Azat river. Recall, that today in was invited a discussion about the project of Kaghtsrashenirrigation system.   Photo from Facebook page of the Pan-Armenian Environmental Front.
2016-05-12 15:49:32
The bill present to the NA runs counter to the optimal forest commitment defined with the INDC document
If measures are not taken over the greenhouse gas emissions reduction, then the temperature in Armenia will rise by 3-4 degrees. As a measure to mitigate climate change Armenia is committed to bring its wooded areas up to 20.1 percent by 2050. During a round table on the topic "Sustainable forest management as an integral part of climate policy" the main issue was the bill on amendments to the Forest Code the Government has submitted to the National ...
2016-05-12 12:02:49
What are the causes of Lake Sevan eutrophication
Lake Sevan is garner of 35 billion cubic meters fresh water for the Republic of Armenia and the entire Caucasus. But today the water of Sevan wat is not clean, it is hampered by a number of factors. Since 1930s as a result of the indiscriminate use of Sevan Lake water ecological balance of Sevan Lake was disturbed. From 1933 to 2000 the lake level has dropped 19.6 meters as a result of industrial exploitation and the volume was reduced from 58.5 billion cubic meters to 32.5 billion cubic meters...
2016-05-11 17:40:42
5 Day Weather Forecast
In the Republic։ On May 11-12 in most regions of RA, 13-14 in northern regions mainly on the second half of the daytime and on the first half of the night short rain with thunderstorm is predicted. In separate places hail is possible. The Southwest wind speed is 2-7 m/s, during the storm the wind speed may exceed up to 15-20 m/s. On May 13-14 the air temperature will go up by 5-7 degrees. In Yerevan։ On May 11-12 mainly on the second half of the daytime and on the first half of the night ...
2016-05-11 10:49:24
"I don't know, why they want to meet". Garni Mayor - about another planned discussion
On Pan-Armenian Environmental Front Facebook page the following content is contained in a note: "Another unclear consideration is planned in Garni about carrying the water from the river Azat. They said a hundred times that people are against actually it does not reach". Post attached to the statement below: The details of the planned meeting we tried to check from Mayor of Garni, Ashot Vardanyan. He said: "The designers, the PIU staff want to meet people. I don...
2016-05-10 17:47:03
"Vallex" group has financial problems
Prime Minister of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan paid a working visit toTeghut copper-molybdenum mine, where he was briefed on the investment projects carried out by Vallex Group, which is the operator of the mine. Talking to journalists, the Premier pointed out that the Company boasted 57% growth in the first quarter of 2016 and expressed the hope that the growth will be reflected throughout the year: “Vallex Group has already produced 16 billion dram-worth output this year. The Company is fa...
2016-05-10 12:55:56
Sevan clean up in a few days
A group of environmentalists initiated cleaning up the shores of the lake Sevan on May 14. They plan to engage the population living near the lake, as well as other concerned people, local authorities, non-governmental bodies, international organizations operating in Armenia and other interested persons in this activity. Econews.am has talked to Ani Khachatryan, one of the clean up organizers: "Small-scale clean up are being held in different areas, but ...
2016-05-06 17:27:38
Soldiers fight for our homeland, we - against those, who destroy it
Using the mixed situation in Karabakh-Azerbaijani border, some people started the Kaghtsrashen gravity irrigation system project. Heavy equipment had entered Azat Gorge and moving forward was destroying the sights and blossoming trees.  Residents had blocked the Yerevan-Garni highway, environmental activists joined them. After all, the protesters reached the point that heavy machinery was brought out Azat gorge. Econews.am has talked to Arusyak...
2016-05-06 15:12:35
An Ecotourism Festival Will be Held in Armenia for the first time
On June 4-5 with the initiative of "Jermuk Development Center" and "Young Biologists Association" NGOs The First Ecotourism Festival will take place in Armenia. Econews.am has talked about this to "Jermuk Development Center" NGO's chairman Vazgen Galstyan. "We are planning to organize the festival in Gomq, Vayots Dzor. Our main goal is to enable residents understand, that more income they can receive by environmental protection than its destruction. The main conceptual basis is this, on which ...
2016-05-06 10:27:46
The Only Motivation of Ministry of Environment are Money, Profits and Corruption. Apres Zohrabyan
As we had informed recently, Russian President former assistant Sergei Yastrzhembsky participated in hunting in Armenia, stabbing 11-year-old male Armenian Mufflon included in Red Data book of the country. The Ministry of Environment announced that mouflon hunting is legal. Econews.am has talked about this to environmental activist Apres Zohrabyan. He said: "The question actually requires expert knowledge, and now I don't have them to give a a comp...
2016-05-05 15:05:16
Vicia pisiformis: Red Data Book of Armenia
CR B 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Critically endangered species. The only sub–population known in Transcaucasia is situated in Zangezur floristic region. The extent of occurrence and area of occupancy are less than 10 km2. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial herbs. Stems slender, up to 200 cm. Leaflets in 3–5 pairs, ovate, obtuse, 30&...
2016-05-03 16:08:40
Vavilovia formosa: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN B 1 ab(iii) + 2 ab(iii) Category. Endangered species. Area of distribution is fragmented. The extent of occurrence is less than 5000 km2, the area of occupancy is less than 500 km2. Wild relative of cultural pea. It was included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 1: Endangered species. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial herb with creeping rhizome. Stems up to 20 cm. Stipules small; leaflets in 1...
2016-05-03 16:05:23
Trigonella capitata: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN B 1 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) Category. Endangered species. Only one sub–population is known with fragmented area of distribution. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. It was included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 1: Endangered species. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Annual plants. Stems 20–50 cm, hollow, branched. Leaflets oblong. Inflor...
2016-05-03 15:51:01
Trigonella astroides: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Endangered species. Three small sub–populations are known. The extent of occurrence is less than 5000 km2, the area of occupancy is less than 500 km2. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Annual plants. Stems 5–15 cm, thin, branched from the base. Inflorescence 3–8–flowered, umbel–shaped, peduncl...
2016-05-03 15:48:54
Trifolium sebastianii: Red Data Book of Armenia
VU* B 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Vulnerable species. Two small sub–populations are known. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 10 km2. Taking into consideration the wide range of general distribution of the species the category of threat has been downgraded to VU. It was included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 1: Endangered species. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. D...
2016-05-03 15:43:25
Trifolium grandiflorum: Red Data Book of Armenia
VU* B 1 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) Category. Vulnerable species. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Annual plants 10–30 cm. Terminal leaflet on small petiole, lateral ones sessile. Inflorescense loose, capitate, 8–20–flowered. Calyx almost glabrous, 2 upper teeth much ...
2016-05-03 15:38:37
Trifolium angustifolium: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN* B 1 ab(iii) + 2 ab(iii) Category. Endangered species. One sub–population is known. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 10 km2. Taking into consideration the wide range of general distribution of the species the category of threat has been downgraded to EN. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Annual pubescent plants 10–60 cm....
2016-05-03 15:33:38
Sphaerophysa salsula: Red Data Book of Armenia
VU* B 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Vulnerable species. At present two sub–populations are known. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. The category of threat has been downgraded to VU taking into consideration the expansion of the distribution range of the species. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial herb...
2016-05-03 15:29:04
Oxytropis lazica: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN B 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Endangered species. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. The area of distribution is fragmented. It was included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 3: Reducing species. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial stemless stocky herbs, covered with long, yellow and white hairs. Peduncles slender, together with inflorescense ...
2016-05-03 15:25:43
Oxytropis karjaginii: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN B 1 ab(i,ii) + 2 ab(i,ii) Category. Endangered species. One fragmented sub–population is known. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. It was included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 1: Endangered species. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial stemless grey herbs, covered with long white hairs. Leaves 4–16 cm long; leaflets 6–10–paired, ...
2016-05-03 15:15:03
Oxytropis armeniaca: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN B 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Endangered species. Endemic of Armenia. The area of distribution is fragmented. The extent of occurrence is less than 5000 km2, the area of occupancy is less than 500 km2. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Stemless perennial herbs 10–30 cm, covered with long, yellow and white hairs. Leaves 8–18 cm long; leafl...
2016-05-03 15:05:52
Onobrychis takhtajanii: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN B 1 ab (i,ii,iii,iv) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) Category. Endangered species. Endemic of Armenia. One fragmented population is known. The extent of occurrence is less than 5000 km2, the area of occupancy is less than 500 km2. The species grows in the area of intensive land development. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial herbs 20–90 cm. Leaflets 4–8&n...
2016-05-03 15:03:16
Onobrychis meschetica: Red Data Book of Armenia
CR B 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Critically endangered species. Endemic of Transcaucasia. One sub–population is known. The extent of occurrence and area of occupancy are less than 10 km2. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial herbs 40–60 cm. Leaflets of the middle and upper leaves elliptic bluntly rounded an apex. Inflorescence many&nd...
2016-05-03 15:01:08
Onobrychis major: Red Data Book of Armenia
CR 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Critically endangered species. Only one sub–population is known. The extent of occurrence and area of occupancy are less than 10 km2. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial herbs 50–90 cm. Leaves 10–35 cm long; leaflets 6–11–paired, oblong–elliptic, 10–30 x 2–7 mm. Pedun...
2016-05-03 14:57:18
Onobrychis hajastana: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN B 1 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) Category. Endangered species. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial herbs. Stems 25–70 cm. Leaflets 4–8–paired, narrowly linear, 10–30 x 1–2 mm. Peduncles together with inflorescence 7–25 cm long; inflorescence...
2016-05-03 14:51:10
Medicago arabica: Red Data Book of Armenia
VU* B 1 ab(iii) + 2 ab(iii) Category. Vulnerable species. Only one sub–population is known. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. The category of threat has been downgraded to VU because of the wide range of general distribution of the species. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Annual, almost glabrous plants. Stems thin, slen...
2016-05-03 14:49:01
Lens ervoides: Red Data Book of Armenia
VU* B 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Vulnerable species. The extent of occurrence is less than 5000 km2, the area of occupancy less than 500 km2. The category of threat has been downgraded to VU because of the wide range of general distribution of the species. It was included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 1: Endangered species. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Annual plants. Stems thin, sle...
2016-05-03 14:44:50
Lathyrus sylvestris: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN* B 1 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) Category. Endangered species. Only one sub–population is known. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 10 km2. Taking into consideration relatively wide range of general distribution of the species, the category of threat has been downgraded to EN. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial ...
2016-05-03 14:32:52
Lathyrus setifolius: Red Data Book of Armenia
VU* 1 ab(i,ii,iii) + 2 ab i,ii,iii) Category. Vulnerable species. Only one sub–population is known. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. Taking into consideration wide range of general distribution of the species, the category of threat has been downgraded to VU. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Annual plants. Stems slender...
2016-05-03 12:53:51
Lathyrus cassius: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN B 1 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii) Category. Endangered species. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Annual plants. Stems narrowly winged, branched, 30–90 cm. Leaflets 1–paired, linear, 30–70 x 2–5(8) mm; leaf rachis ending in branched tendril. Peduncles 1(2)–fl...
2016-05-03 12:42:16
Hedysarum micropterum: Red Data Book of Armenia
VU* B 1 ab(i, ii, iii) + 2ab (i,ii,iii) Category. Vulnerable species. Grows in the area of intensive land development. The extent of occurrence and the area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. Taking into consideration relatively wide range of general distribution of the species, the category of threat has been downgraded to VU. It was included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 2: Rare species. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Con...
2016-05-03 12:24:24
Hedysarum elegans: Red Data Book of Armenia
EN B 1 ab(iii) + 2 ab(iii) Category. Endangered species. Grows in the zone of intensive economic activity. The extent of occurrence is less than 5000 km2, the area of occupancy is less than 500 km2. It was included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 1: Endangered species. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES and that of the Bern Convention. Description. Perennial stemless plants, 6–25 cm. Leaflets 1–3–paired, from both sides silvery pilo...
2016-05-03 12:22:20
Glycyrrhiza echinata: Red Data Book of Armenia
VU* B 1 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) + 2 ab(i,ii,iii,iv) Category. Vulnerable species. The extent of occurrence and area of occupancy are less than 500 km2. Taking into consideration relatively wide range of general distribution of the species, the category of threat has been downgraded to VU. It was not included in the first edition of the Red Data Book of Armenia under Category 0: Apparently disappearing species, but recently new populations have been discovered. It is not included in the Annexes of CITES...
2016-05-03 12:17:53
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