ArmInfo.Now, the former Minister of the Environment has presented the results of his two-year work. In his statement, Grigoryan noted that all the employees of the ministry, despite recent criticism and often unfair treatment, did everything possible to solve the problems inherited for decades.
Meanwhile, the work done did not get the proper assessment, against the background, as he put it, of sensational and commented news. <I want to thank Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and my colleagues from the government for cooperation and joint efforts. In the end, environmental protection it is concerned all of us, regardless of profession, place of work or preference>, the former minister said.
Presenting the results of his work as a minister, Grigoryan, in particular, touched upon the volumes of violations revealed in various fields. So, only in the coastal areas of Sevan managed to detect about 500 hectares of illegally seized territories. For the first time, an inventory of leases of the Sevan national park was carried out, as a result of which some of them were liquidated, and more than 100 contracts are disputed in court. Also, within the framework of EU-Armenia cooperation, a grant program of 5 million reuros was approved, aimed at preserving the ecosystem of Lake Sevan.
In addition, a program was launched to restore the population of koghak, which is funded by private funds. On a grant from the German government of 500 thousand euros, it is also planned to carry out studies of water quality in Sevan.
As for the sector of hydroelectric power plants, for the first time, thanks to legislative changes, hydroelectric power plants for increased water intake should compensate for damage to water resources, which in the case of 1 cubic meter/ sec amounts to 63 million drams per year (before the administrative fine was 50-100 thousand drams). At the same time, water meters were installed in 133 of the 197 hydroelectric power stations, of which 62 allow real-time information to be obtained. It is noteworthy that three years before the "velvet revolution", only 15 protocols on water use violations were sent to the environmental inspectorate, but only in the first year after the revolution - more than 300.
A large-scale fight against illegal logging was also carried out, including through legislative changes that criminally and administratively punish foresters for facilitating illegal acts. In addition, for the first time, "Hayantar" employees were provided with overalls and appropriate technical equipment, and in 2019, 424 million drams were allocated from the budget for loosening work for this SNCO. The implementation of numerous programs to promote specially protected natural areas also continues; A number of social assistance grant programs were signed for communities adjacent to the protected areas. In addition, cartography and inventory of a number of specially protected natural areas were completed.
As for the mining industry, a database for 49 abandoned / ownerless tailings and other accumulations of mining waste was created for the first time; the corresponding order approved the first 10 territories to be recultivated. Based on the research of the organization <ELARD>, a professional assessment was carried out and problem points of the Amulsar project were presented. In addition, damage to land resources was revised, as a result of which the size of payments increased by 50 times. Applications were submitted for the termination of subsoil use rights of 3 metal deposits, which have already been suspended; at the moment, applications for another 72 deposits have been sent to the authorized body. The waste accumulated in the tailing dump was classified as hazardous (4th class), and mining enterprises, for the first time in the history of Armenia, will pay an environmental fee for waste disposal from 2021.
To recall, on May 5, the President of Armenia signed a decree on the dismissal of the Minister of Environmental Protection Erik Grigoryan. At the same time, Grigoryan personally submitted his resignation. Erik Grigoryan was appointed Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Armenia on June 1 of last year, and before that, from May 12, 2018, he held the post of Minister of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia.