Civil Society Skeptically Treats Environmental Promises in Election Campaigns of Political Parties

Civil Society Skeptically Treats Environmental Promises in Election Campaigns of Political Parties


Ensuring 'green rights' is one of the most important issues for our society. All those projects, where they speak about 'green' economy and 'green' energy, shall include 'green' rights. Inga Zarafyan, President of 'EcoLur' Informational NGO made this proposal at the meeting of the third Working Group (Environment, Climate Change and Energy Security) of Armenian National Platform of Civil Society Forum of EU Eastern Partnership. The meeting was devoted to the discussion of the environmental components of the election campaigns of the parties taking part in the parliamentary elections in 2017.

'We shall gradually pass to 'green' economy as signed in the international documents,' said Karine Danielyan, Chairman of 'Association for Sustainable Human Development' NGO. When assessing the election programs of the political parties, Karine Danielyan outlined the in-detailed environmental part of 'Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanian' alliance. 'It's also very interesting that the environmental part is very in-detailed in the program of the Republican Party. At the same time, it says that the rights of the Armenian citizens to the preservation and improvement of environment are not ensured to a full extent. It's assessment to their year-long work,' Karine Danielyan commented.

According to Aram Gabrielyan, expert of 'Khazer' Environmental and Cultural NGO,  the promises of the parties have formal nature, 'It couldn't be otherwise. It's something understandable, as the new constitution says it doesn't have any commitment to preserve nature, it's everybody's commitment, while the state shall only stimulate it,' Aram Gabrielyan noted.

'We can't see any serious coverage of the environmental problems in Yerevan, while Yerevan is in a very complex situation,' said Silva Adamyan, President of 'Center for Bird Lovers' NGO.

According to Miqayel Hambardzumyan, the representatives of 'Civil Voice' NGO, all the programs are based on populism, 'These programs are written in a manner to interest the people and the way it's expected to be written.' While in Nazeli Vardanyan's opinion, Director of 'Forests of Armenia' NGO, 'We don't have an environmental section, which would be attractive for the electors. It may be possible to work with individual deputies, nevertheless, our problems are getting worse and worse..It's high time to ban any activity, which will endanger the nature of Armenia.'

The attendees of the meeting particularly focused on the problems in the mining sector.

March 28, 2017 at 13:52

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