On 17 October, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Territorial Administration, Local Government, Agriculture and Nature Protection issued a positive opinion to the draft law on making amendments and supplements to RA Water Code. The draft lays down the cases of rejecting issuing SHPP water use permits.
According to this document, the applications of newly constructed SHPP for water use permits will be rejected if:
1) SHPPs are planned to be constructed on those rivers:
a) which have endemic or red-listed species in Armenia or the spawning sites of the endemic species,
b) where the overload with derivation pipelines is 40% or more:
2) The construction of SHPPs is carried out:
a) in the conservation zones of specifically protected areas of nature,
b) in the conservation zones of water ecosystems,
c) in the areas of river flow formation,
d) in the river sections, where landslide areas are available,
e) in the forest areas, where felling will be carried out while constructing roads running to the construction area, except for the cases of the availability of the consent for the implementation of works in the state forest areas.
It should be mentioned that most of the supplements have been made based on the proposals submitted by the expert group in the frames of “Supporting new reforms in SHPP sector through CSO-government dialogue", donor - UNDP/GEF.
17:01 October 18, 2018