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 Tuesday, August 29 2023 11:20
Alexandr Avanesov

Armenia among countries at risk of water deficiency - EDO report

Armenia among countries at risk of water deficiency - EDO report

ArmInfo.Armenia is among the countries at risk of water deficiency, according to the studies  conducted by the European Drought Observatory (EDO).

The project specialists calculated a combined index per square  kilometer, which combines different indicators: the higher it is, the  more serious the situation. In particular, soil moisture anomalies,  affected vegetation, warm temperature anomalies, the impact of  climatic heat waves, and rainfall deficits are considered.

The combined index zone in Armenia is 24978, which means that the  water situation has deteriorated by 84.3%. This is one of the worst  indicators among European countries, according to which Armenia is on  a par with the Faroe Islands, Estonia and Lithuania. The situation is  slightly better in the Czech Republic, Moldova and Germany.

The analyzed report represents geographic Europe including Turkey,  Cyprus, Georgia and Armenia, excluding Russia, Iceland, Azerbaijan,  Svalbard and Jan Mayen. A negative trend implies a deterioration of  the situation compared to the previous 10 days.

Earlier, at a meeting of the RA Government, Prime Minister Nikol  Pashinyan noted that the water deficiency is aggravating in the  country. "Basically, The water crisis in Armenia is getting worse. It  is a global crisis, and in Armenia it is deepening due to lack of or  worn-out infrastructure, as well as our attitude towards water," he  said, adding that water in Armenia is not managed. , stated the head of government.  In order to  solve the problem, according to the plan of the Cabinet of Ministers,  it is planned to build 15 new reservoirs by 2026.

It should be noted that only tenders for design and estimate work for  six reservoirs have been held for the construction of reservoirs,  three projects are ready, three more are expected by the end of the  year. As regards the remaining nine projects, work on them has  stalled as a need for additional study has arisen.

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