Despite its own promises, the Nature Protection Ministry didn’t allow the public representatives to attend the contest for the position of ‘Khosrov Forest’ State Reserve Director. Reminder : in reply to the application made by Public Environmental Alliance Silva Adamyan on public participation in this contest, the Nature Protection Ministry officially replied, ‘We would like to inform that the Nature Protection Ministry expresses its willingness to ensure public desire to follow this contest.’ The surprise was that instead of permitting public representatives and press, the Ministry organized lifestream with great technical defaults. The list of not-permitted representatives included not only activists and press, but also WWF Armenia, Caucasus Nature Fund, i.e. the organizations through which the Khosrov reserve received millions of investment for the enhancement and better performance. Reminder : the relations between the Ministry and the international funds deteriorated when a Gabriel Poghosyan was elected during the first contest, while both public and funds opposed to it.
17:35 March 15, 2013