Managing and protecting water resources in Armenia

Umweltbundesamt provides support for national authorities

© Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia

Vienna, 10 October 2017 - Armenia's government has striven over the past decade to improve access to reliable and safe drinking water. In the framework of the EUWI+ project experts of the Umweltbundesamt, the Environment Agency Austria, will advise and support the national authorities achieving further improvements in water quality. The Minister of the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia and his delegation agreed in a meeting with the Austrian experts at the beginning of October, that the Environment Agency Austria will support enhancing personnel and technical capacities of the national laboratory to prepare the ground for international accreditation. At that meeting the Minister informed about a governmental resolution which secures funding for laboratories for 2018 in equal amounts despite cuts in the national budget. This is an immediate result of consultations and advice during previous missions of the Environment Agency Austria.

 

European Water Initiative Plus – the project

 

In the period up to 2020, management plans for river basins and transboundary rivers will be implemented in the Eastern European Neighbourhood countries, under the leadership of a European project consortium headed by the Environment Agency Austria. The project is based on the principles of the European Water Framework Directive. Together with their partners, the European experts will also establish on-site water monitoring systems, which will be tested in model regions. To ensure the best possible implementation of these systems and plans, training sessions for the persons in charge will be of key importance, as well as administrative capacity building in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

International Involvement

 

The Environment Agency Austria provides advice on administrative capacity building and on establishing national environmental legislation to European Union institutions, to new and future EU Member States and to countries of the Mediterranean and the East European EU neighbours. Moreover, the Environment Agency participates with its experts as a partner in more than 200 national, European and international networks, bodies and working groups, and engages in cooperation with international institutions such as UNEP and the OECD.

 

Further information:

Petra Kestler, Press Office, Environment Agency Austria, Phone +43 1 313 04-5432