ArmInfo.The declaration of a state of emergency in connection with COVID-19 "cleared" the Yerevan's air.
Inga Zarafyan, head of the EcoLur NGO, said in an interview with ArmInfo that according to official figures, from March 22 to March 31, compared to the beginning of the month, the dust concentration in the capital decreased by about 42%, and compared to February - by 31%. The expert associates the improvement of the ecological situation in Yerevan with the restriction of automobile traffic. In this case, we are talking mainly about vehicles running on diesel fuel, since it is they emitted a significant share of emissions of pollutants.
The introduction of emergency also affected the economic activities of a number of business entities. It would seem that this could also make some adjustments to improve the environmental situation in the country, however, as Zarafyan noted, given the fact that mainly the restrictions affected the service sector, it is difficult to make any assessments. It is not the first year that environmentalists have been trying to draw attention to the environmental risks of the mining industry, however, according to Zarafyan, these enterprises, as an exception, continue to work in emergency situations. She recalled that their activities have been repeatedly criticized, given their negative environmental impact and the lack of appropriate mechanisms to hold accountable for violations. <These mechanisms should be developed by authorized bodies, but we do not see any progress. We regularly receive signals regarding the activities of mining enterprises, the environmental inspection records them, but no further steps are taken>, Zarafyan noted.