On 15 May, International Day of Climate Change , the presentation of the Third National Communication of Armenia was held in Yerevan under the light of the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change.
The communication is beating an alarm signal that in the “business-as-usual” scenario for 2030 it’s forecast that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Armenia are projected to reach 20,000 tons of CO2 equivalent by 2030 and 14,000 tons in the case of implementation of mitigation measures. At the same time, if no efforts are undertaken to reduce GHG emissions globally, temperature in Armenia may increase by 4.7 degrees Celsius and hydrometeorological extremes may become more frequent and severe.”
The report has identified country adaptation needs, which should be addressed to ensure sustainable socio-economic development. “Armenia, as a mountainous and landlocked country, is more vulnerable to the impact of climate change. The Third National Communication particularly generalized the consequences of climate change impact almost on all fields of the economy, natural ecosystems and human health, the need for measures to adapt to these changes, national cadaster indicators for greenhouse gas emissions, emission tendencies, potential for reduction or restriction,” said Nature Protection Minister Aramayis Grigoryan in his speech.
In reply to EcoLur’s question about the commitment of Armenia to reduce greenhouse gas emission at national level, Nature Protection Minister replied, “Armenia hasn’t undertaken any commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Armenia. Armenia commits to preserve all the resources of greenhouse gas emissions, to reduce them, but not to increase.”
“Climate change causes poverty eliminating vital natural resources. The same situation is worldwide, including Armenia. The aim of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions into atmosphere at such level so as to prevent hazardous impact,” UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Armenia said in his speech.
As a hosting country France will be in charge of supporting and running negotiations, as well as to promote its transparency,” the Counsellor for Culture and Cooperation of the French Embassy to Armenia Jean-Michel Kasbarian said in his speech.
UNDP Climate Change Programme Coordinator Diana Harutyunyan presented the Third National Communication and noted that the worst scenario for Armenia can be temperature increase by 4-5 degrees by 2100. “By mentioning this hazardous figure I would like to outline it’s the worst scenario when international community, all the countries don’t undertake joint commitment to limit global temperature increase within 2 degrees.”
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.
19:44 May 15, 2015