Hasmik Dilanyan

16:44 02.04.2013

The issue of inclusion of Lake Sevan in UNESCO World Heritage List
was discussed at the Armenian National Academy of Sciences today. The
author of the initiative is Russian Nikolay Drozdov, Terra Viva Public
Environmental Movement Chairman, Dr. in Biological Sciences and UNESCO
Prize Holder. The latter, however, was not present at the meeting.

Member of the initiative group, Dr. in Technical Sciences, Foreign
Member of the National Academy of Sciences Ruben Mekonyan presented
some details of the project.

"If Lake Sevan is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites,
the organization will provide financing. Besides, we'll call attention
to the necessity to save Lake Sevan. We think that Sevan should serve
us, but we, in turn, should take care of it," Melkonyan said.

Inga Zarafyan, Director of the Ecolur Information Center, is proud
that Lake Sevan will be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage
Sites. "Thus, we may have an opportunity to save Sevan," she said

The initiative to recognize Lake Sevan as the object of the world
heritage is in harmony with the UN General Assembly's initiative,
which declared 2013 as water cooperation year. This year international,
regional organizations, civil society and business should unite under
the aegis of the UN to develop new ideas for the conservation and
use of freshwater.