ArmInfo.On January 31, the opening ceremony of the laboratory of the "Environmental Monitoring and Information Center" SNCO took place in Yerevan.
In December 2017, by a decision of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, a territory with a total area of 539 square meters was allocated for the laboratory's needs.
The Armenian side allocated 73 million drams for the implementation of the project; another 400 thousand euros was allocated by the EU for repairs and technical re-equipment, as well as retraining of laboratory personnel. Thanks to the repair and technical re-equipment, the laboratory will analyze water using modern methods, which will reveal the concentration of pollutants even at an insignificant level. Work on the creation of the laboratory was carried out as part of the European Water Initiative Plus (EUWI+) for the Eastern Partnership programme. As RA Minister of Environment Erik Grigoryan said in an interview with reporters, the modern equipment that the laboratory is equipped with will help improve the accuracy and efficiency of monitoring water resources and atmospheric air, which plays a key role in analyzing the environmental situation. At the same time, the Minister pointed out that information on the detected pollution levels will be available to citizens. In particular, work is underway to create an appropriate mobile application. For her part, EU Ambassador to Armenia Andrea Wiktorin noted that ecology is a priority area of European politics. She also did not rule out the possibility that projects aimed at restoring the ecological balance of Lake Sevan could be attracted within the framework of the European Water Initiative Plus (EUWI+) for the Eastern Partnership programme.