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The Armenian Ministry of Nature Protection does not conduct a consistent policy to respond to the sphere's problems and settle them, Armenian Human Rights Defender Karen Andreasyan's annual report on the Nature Protection Ministry's activity says.
The report says that there are numerous unresolved problems related to the violations in organizing carriages of dangerous substances and toxic waste by the Ministry. In 2012 the Ombudsman's Office received a number of complaints about illegal cases of deforestation, air pollution, water contamination, illegal hunting, emissions of toxic substances. No measures were taken to solve the problems connected with construction of small hydropower plants.
Actually, Armenia has failed to implement its commitments under the Aarhus Convention, the report says. The problems of defining the criteria for environmental impact assessment, as well as the problems related to detection of the offenders and their punishment still remain unresolved. Armenia has also failed to tackle the issue of provision of a license to Teghout CJSC, which is developing the copper-molybdenum deposits in Teghout. The Ministry failed to take
measures to disclose the cases of illegal hunting in the reserves, the report says.