Armenia must address desertification issue, ecologist says
July 30, 2011 – 15:17 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Because of its geographical location, climatic
conditions and biodiversity, Armenia is among the countries facing
acute desertification problems, a member of International Academy of
At news conference in Yerevan, Ashot Khoetsyan urged for addressing
the issue, noting that approx. 80% of Armenia’s territory is subject
to desertification, with the situation close to dramatic in 30% of
territories indicated. The expert cited lack of knowledge in the usage
of resources and unawareness of the problem as the reason.
As Mr. Khoetsyan noted, although in 1997 Armenian joined the
international UN convention for the struggle against desertification,
Armenian government has failed to address the issue properly or
provide satisfactory financing.
In the framework of the Convention, an international grant was
allocated to solve primary water supply issues in Kotayk province and
landslide problems in Tavush.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress