“Humid areas will be the most vulnerable ecosystems under the conditions of climate change, particularly forecast increase in temperature and reduction in precipitation,” said Karen Jenterejyan, National Coordinator of “Development of Environmental Corridors in South Caucasus” project at the round table entitled “Vulnerability of Ecosystems Conditioned with Climate Change” held at EcoLur Press Club.
Referring to Lake Sevan Karen Jenterejyan said, “The latest studies I took part in show that a number of species inhabiting on the bottom of Lake Sevan, currently occupy larger depths, which clearly evidence a certain tendency in improvement of oxygen regime. It’s conditioned with the increase in Lake Sevan level, which proves once more that the increase in Lake Sevan level by 6 meters must be ensured as prescribed by RA Law “On state complex program on the recovery, preservation, reproduction and natural development and usage of Lake Sevan ecosystem”, Article 6 of the same law lays down maximum water outlet limit of 170 million cum. Unfortunately, recently the Armenian Government frequently uses the article of economic urgent need and submits proposals to the National Assembly on the temporary change in the water outlet limit conditioned with the non-planned emergencies. The limits of Lake Sevan water outlet exceeded the statutory limits in 2008, 2012 and 2014, because of which the lake level didn’t rise in the recent five years.”
Karen Jenterejyan urged the government to submit a rationale when filing a temporary project on changing the statutory limit to the National Assembly.
To mitigate the impact of climate change on humid areas Karen Jenterejyan proposed:
· To preserve and recover humid areas,
· To ensure annual increase in Lake Sevan level.
The “EcoLur” Informational NGO is organizing series of events aimed at public involvement and awareness raising targeted to the future climate change policy directions and development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) of the Republic of Armenia under UN Climate Change Framework Convention (UNFCCC).
The material is prepared by 'EcoLur' Informational NGO under UNDP Climate Change Program, within the framework of ARM-002/2015 Contract. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations, including UNDP, or the UN Member States.
14:47 June 05, 2015