Sevan, the largest lake of the Caucasian region is in ecological danger.
The Armenian government is destroying this natural water basin which is situated in Azerbaijan's Gokcha region.
original name of the Sevan Lake is Gokhca, which means "blue river" in
Turkish. There were a lot of Azerbaijanis living around the lake until
1988. Armenia deported more than 250,000 Azerbaijanis in January, 1988,
as a result of its ethnic cleansing policy. Afterwards, the Armenian
authorities falsified the etymology of the lake and changed its name to
The Armenian government's recent decision has led to a
critical situation for Lake Sevan, creating the possibility of water
The government disapproved a decision on rising water
level in the country's only guaranteed major source of fresh water for
the next five years, during which Lake Sevan will face negative
Former director of the National Park Sevan
ecologist Gagik Sukhudyan has warned that the government's violation of
the law on Sevan has created a critical situation.
government has adopted a decision on draining an additional 70 million
cubic meters of water, and it means that some 240 million cubic meters
of water will be drained," he said.
Under the law, only 170 million cubic meters of water can be drained from the lake every year.
The government submitted the relevant decision to the parliament for the approval.
said the level of Lake Sevan will fall by 35 centimeters, as an
irrigation canal called Arpa-Sevan is under repairs and water from the
Spandaryan canal is not used.
"The government cites needing 8,000
farms in the Ararat valley to irrigate their lands as the reason for
its decision. This, of course, is untrue. The Ararat Valley's farmers
have no water because of the illegal deep holes that are used for the
development of fish farms," he said.
Sevan will also be negatively influences by a government's agreement worth $180 million.
government signed an agreement on selling the shares of the state
enterprise Vorotan Cascade HPP to the U.S. company Contour Global for
$180 million on January 29, 2014.
Vorotan Cascade also includes the Spandaryan canal which supplies Lake Sevan with 160 million cubic meters of water.
Sukhudyan believes that the government has not informed the American company of this matter.
He also said a project aimed at creating a large fish farm is also a threat to Sevan.
the project, the number of ishkhan fishes reared on artificial food
will be increased to 50,000 tons. This is an additional source to
pollute the lake with artificial food, Sukhudyan believes.
He is concerned over the government's indifference to its water resources.
some countries water is more valuable than oil, but in Armenia there is
no state body which is interested in protecting Sevan. In fact, Sevan
is a huge repository of fresh water, but no steps have been taken to
protect it," he noted.
Armenia is destroying not only the nature of Azerbaijan's historical lands, but also its occupied territories.
is committing an ecological terrorism against Azerbaijan. As a result
of Armenia's military aggressions, 1.7 million hectares of Azerbaijan's
territory have remained under occupation since early 1990s, where rare
tree species are on the verge of destruction.
There are more than 460,000 species of wild trees and shrubs in the occupied territories, 70 of which are endemic.
these areas, there were also 24 protected species of fauna and 27
species of plants listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Armenian government's decisions concerning the Lake Sevan can be viewed
as an ecological act of terror, but it is necessary to remember that
"Earth is our common home". Any damage to the environment is a crime