The zone of Amoulsar project on opencast gold mining is the habitat of red-listed animal and plant species and a migration corridor for such species as Armenian moufflon, bezoar goat and Caucasian leopard, assert experts working at WWF-Armenia. The presented their research conducted in the recent years in the course of the discussions of Amoulsar project on 21 May. The discussion was held by the Public Center for Jermuk Youth with the support of OSI Armenia.
The results of the research were presented by WWF Armenia Head Karen Manvelyan, PhD in Biological Sciences, field researcher Alexander Malkhasyan, Eleonora Gabrielyan – President of Armenian Botanical Society, Dr. in Biological Sciences, Professor, Anush Nersisyan – PhD in Biological Sciences, botanist. The data presented by independent experts contradict to the data submitted by the experts hired by Geoteam Company in charge of Amoulsar project. One of these experts also took part in the discussion – the representative of the Acopian Center for the Environment of the American University of Armenia – Karen Aghababyan. The Acopian Center for the Environment conducted research by the order of Geoteam Company in charge of Amoulsar project.
The representatives of the Youth Center of Jermuk Vazgen Galstyan, Artashes Arakelyan and Jermuk resident Arthur Khachatryan made their comments. Full version of this article you can read in Armenian.
19:01 May 22, 2012