21 Mar 2018

March 22 is a World Water Day

March 22 is a World Water Day․ For one inhabitant of the earth, on average, there are 7000 cubic meters of water per year. In Armenia that number is 3000 cubic meters. UN experts have calculated that the minimum threshold for a one resident is 1700 cubic meters per year.

Over 70% of the planet is covered with water. The perennial flow of water resources formed on the territory of Armenia is 6.2 billion cubic meters․By different estimates, the water loss in our country is 70-85%, and the main reason is mismanagement of water resources. We use 60 million cubic meters of actual 365 million cubic meters of water.

After 2010, when mining began to develop in Armenia, surface waters began polluting with mining waste. Now, 15 percent of them are polluted, and restoration and management are a very difficult problem.

The environmentalist Seyran Minasyan said that if positive dynamics were observed in 2011-2012, now it is negative. The lake is in an unbalanced state and the only solution is to constantly increase the level.

In parallel with this, Armenia is considered as a "medium-sized" state by water resources. Mr. Minasyan assures that the water resources of Armenia will satisfy the double population of our population.

The details are presented in the video:


14 Mar 2018

The nests of storks are placed

It is the village Armash in Ararat region: in spring right here the storks come and live. In recent years, the storks have been not flown to warm countries. These birds, basically, put their nests in roofs and electro columns. The residents of the village have already known each stork's nest. The nests on the electro columns which are more than 100 tons sometimes are the reason of the fire. For the villagers, this is a problem, but it is not a matter of destroying the birds' nests. In Armenia, there are nests the weight of which is a few tons. Each year the nests become heavier and longer, as the storks annually repairs their nests. It is done instinctively. if the "home" is not repaired, there will be no need for oviparity. That's how each year the nest increases with a new layer, and the nest's age can be counted with those strips.

Civil Voice NGO together with the Center of Bird Lovers NGO placed safe nests for the storks in Armash village. The purpose of the event is to increase the nests of stork in the area, to explore the white stork populations, as well as to ensure the safety of birds' nests. The initiators of the initiative considered that it’s necessary to install the nests in the settlements that people could follow. In addition, with the help of local people, the nature of this bird migration, wintering duration, maternity return periods, and the causes of death among young storks may also be identified.

Despite the obstacles, environmentalists succeeded to put 4 of 8 planned nests.

By the way, in the same province, during the previous event placed 10 nests, in 8 of which the storks have been made families.

The details are presented in the video:


12 Mar 2018

Nests for storks will be placed in Armash village

From the earliest times, storks have been a symbol of fortune, kindness and success, of a strong and healthy family.

Today, the birds put their nests on the roofs or electronic columns. Over the last few years, because of the climate change, some of the population of storks wintering in Armenia.

Taking into consideration these and many other issues of the storks Civil Voice NGO together with the Center of Bird Lovers NGO will put nests for storks in Armash village on 13th of March at 12:30.

The aim of the event is to increase the nests of the storks in that area, to explore the white stork populations, as well as to ensure the safety of birds' nests. 

07 Mar 2018

Meeting at Aarhus Center

At 7th of March there was a training on “Safe playground for your and my children” in Yerevan Aarhus Center.  In the meeting participated Naire Sahakyan, the representative of Civil Voice NGO, Nazeli Vardanyan, lawyer, the president of “Armenian forests” NGO, Silva Ayvazyan, the coordinator of Yerevan Aarhus Center, the representatives of various administrative districts of Yerevan and others.

The results of the research on the chemical composition of samples of children's playgrounds were presented at the meeting. According to the results, 29 samples were taken from 26 playgrounds of different administrative districts of Yerevan. Heavy metals such as chrome, zinc, nickel, lead, etc. have been found. Mrs. Vardanyan mentioned that there is no legal regulation in the RA legislation that regulates the construction, exploitation and control of playgrounds. It is necessary to adopt state standards to regulate playgrounds in Yerevan. Playgrounds must be built by licensed organizations. It is necessary to create a special control body and so on. Aarhus Center plans to send offers to Yerevan Municipality on the regulation of playgrounds in Yerevan. 

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