What is the condition of the land in Armenia, what kind of policy does the government run for land resources, whether we will have food safety problem because of climate change and what we should do to face theclimate change? All these questions were discussed at “The Safety of Land resources and Food inLight of Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions” round table at “EcoLur” Press Club. The round table participants were as follows: Garnik Petrosyan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Lusine Davtyan, Deputy Head at State Service for Food Safety, Asya Muradyan, Head of Air Protection Policy Division Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia, Aram Gabrielyan, National Focal Point of the UN Convention on Climate Change, Ashot Vardevanyan, National Focal Point of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Hunan Ghazaryan, Director of Scientific Center of Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Melioration, Diana Harutyunyan, UNDP Climate Change Project Coordinator, Georgi Arzumanyan, UNDP Programme Policy Adviser, Anastas Aghazaryan, UNDP Climate Change Program Expert, Armen Danielyan, IFAD/GEF National Coordinator of “Sustainable land management to increase productivity”, Amalya Hambardzumyan, Chairman of “Khazer” NGO, Nune Sarukhanyan, Chairman of “Green Lane” NGO and EcoLur working team. We introduce you Ashot Vardanyan’s, the national coordinator of UN Convention to Combat Desertification speech. “I have made a comparison with land balance in 2007 and in 2014. There are both positive and negative trends and processes, which are very worrisome. Irrigated areas have been expanded by almost 500 hectares. Natural special protected areas have been expended on account of 104 thousand hectares of agricultural land. It can also be considered an achievement, because in specially protected areas, as you know, economic activity is limited. Residential lands has changed over the past 7 years, they have increased totally by 800 hectares. I think that can also be considered as a normal phenomenon, as the rates are not so great. In 2013-2014 years soil management land areas have been expended by 1460 hectares at the expense of agricultural land. It is worrisome. In other words, if we want to expand it, we have to regain corresponding territory. Here a question arises, should the approach of providing an area for the subsoil be changed? Before providing area, it is necessary to restore corresponding area, then we can use it. But if you take area and you are going to restore it after 25 years, we do not know what will be after 25 years. So investments must be done in current moment. We have to approach the problems of food security through sustainable land management. If we manage sustainably the land, undoubtedly the quantity of humus in land will increase. The number of gardens have increased by 4-4.5 thousands hectares during 7 years. This is a positive tendency, as the garden does not work only one or two years but for a long time”.
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.
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