The run out of water from the Sevan, the Needs and the Results
18.02.2014
17:00
“There will be no reductions made to the water levels of Sevan. I want to dispel rumors about water drainage from the lake: there has been no illegal run out in recent years”, said Yuri Javadyan, the chairman of Lake Sevan Issues Committee of Armenian President, during a debate about “The Run-Out of Water from Sevan, the Needs and the Results”.

"We considered all the consequences and only turned to help from the lake’s reservoir when there was no other alternative. We must advocate for a clean Sevan and expect that we will soon have a clean and high lake”, said the Ministry of Water Economy State Committee staff of Armenian Territorial Administration Mher Mkrtumyan during the discussion, adding that the water from Lake Sevan was used exclusively for irrigation purposes. “I’m surprised at the fact that this issue has not been discussed within the Presidential Committee”, said Karine Danielyan, the head of "Association for Sustainable Human Development”.  “Sevan is on its way to recovery and the process cannot be compromised now", she added. All water resources are connected with each other. If we don’t continue raising the lake’s level, we will have losses in both the rivers and in underground pools. It is very optimistic to hope that we will have a positive balance sheet in the face of these climatic changes”.

Another speaker in the panel, Bardukh Gabrielyan, the head of Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology of NAS, mentioned that their Center had been struggling to raise the water levels of Sevan for years, and has also worked to improve the water's quality.  A quick rise and sharp decline in the water supply of the lake certainly does not help improve the conditions.

"It is important for us not to have a negative balance sheet, in other words,  to never dip below the 20 cm growth  required by law", mentioned Artashes Ziroyan, the minister of Bioresources Management Agency of National Biosafety Framework of Armenia. He also emphasized that Biosafety Ministry considers issues related to the protection, restoration and sustainable use of resources as top priorities “When we visit villages and speak with the peasants, it is clear that they aren't receiving water. As such, they cannot provide their fields with irrigative water”, said Silva Adamyan, coordinator of Ecological Public Alliance.

Karine Danielyan argued that a better solution to this problem would be to address the problem created by the   small hydroelectric stations that desiccate the neighboring communities.

"The system of small hydroelectric stations is simply a disaster", she added. She believes that the current de-facto criminal system of Armenia negatively affects all the programs that are organized.

The only solution available to us at the moment is the run out of water from Lake Sevan. Even in the case of a disaster, we will not allow the reduction of its level”, Yuri Javadyan finished the discussion.

On February 18 by the initiation of Media Center and the live broadcast of “A1+” TV, a debate was held entitled “The run out of water from the Sevan, the Needs and the Results”. The speakers of the discussion were the head of Scientific Center of Zoology and Hydroecology of NAS Bardukh Gabrielyan, , the minister of Bioresources Management Agency of National Biosafety Framework of Armenia Artashes Ziroyan, the chairman of Lake Sevan Issues Committee of Armenian President and ministry of the committee of Agricultural and Biological issues of Public Council Yuri Javadyan, the Ministry of Water Economy State Committee staff of Armenian Territorial Administration Mher Mkrtumyan, coordinator of Ecologycal Public Alliance Silva Adamyan and the head of the Association for “Sustainable Human Development” Karine Danielyan.

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