Armenia, Belarus to jointly study Sevan Lake ecosystem

Armenia, Belarus to jointly study Sevan Lake ecosystem

YEREVAN, January 22. /ARKA/. Armenia and Belarus will carry out a joint study of Sevan Lake ecosystem in 2014, said Samvel Harutiunyan, head of state committee on science, Armenia’s ministry of education and science.

According to an agreement signed by the sides in 2013, the first inter-governmental program aims at studying ecosystems of Sevan Lake and sweetwater reservoirs in Belarus, Harutiunyan said.

Funding of the program is expected to start in 2014, the head of the committee told reporters Wednesday.

He also said the Belarusian side is to rehabilitate the laboratory on Sevan Lake to enable research. A similar project will be carried out in the territory of Belarus.

The head of the committee said the Armenian side is ready to provide $200,000 for the project for a five-year period, and negotiations are under way about Belarus’ financial contribution to the project.

Lake Sevan, one of the largest alpine lakes in Europe and Asia, is located in the heart of the Armenian plateau, at an altitude of 1,914 meters. The lake stretches over 70 kilometers from northwest to southeast. Its water surface area is nearly 1500 square kilometers. The lake is the main source of drinking water in the region. -0-  

14:15 22.01.2014

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