Sunday, September 21, 2008

Upcoming conferences/lectures related to Energy and Armenia’s Environment…

The Dangers Facing Armenia’s Natural Treasures: Current Risks and Opportunities

ALMA Contemporary Art Gallery
September 25, 2008

Lecture by ATP Executive Director Jeff Masarjian will focus on Armenia’s unique environmental and biological diversity and the threats posed by mining operations and recent plans to lower the water level of Lake Sevan. A documentary film by Vem Media Arts of Yerevan and co-produced by ATP will be screened.

Conference on Waste Management in Armenia

State Engineering University of Armenia
September 25-26, 2008

The ARPA Institute and Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America are presenting this conference sponsored by the Ministry of Nature Protection, Ministry of Education and Science, State Engineering University, and Yerevan State University. Topics will include waste management and the mining industry, the use of solid waste to generate energy, waste management and the Debed River, and radioactive waste disposal.

Fruitfull Armenia IV & Armagroforum III

Armenian State Agricultural Academy
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2008

International conference hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Argentinean entrepreneur Eduardo Eurnekian to highlight the present and visions for the future of sustainable agriculture in Armenia, with a focus on natural resource issues, legal issues, policy, marketing, and agro-industry financing.

At the Crossroads of Development: The Present Situation of the Armenian Environment

Armenian Society of Los Angeles
September 30, 2008

Glendale Public Library
October 4-5, 2008

Lecture by Greens Union of Armenia head Hakob Sanasaryan will focus on Armenia’s environmental protection and conservation legislation, anticipated impacts and adverse effects of existing and proposed mining projects, Lake Sevan and the disparities between the declared management policy and actual activities pertaining to the lake, and air pollution from the Alaverdi copper smelter.

International Forum on Renewable Energy in Armenia

Yerevan ExpoMedia Center
October 6-7, 2008

A government-affiliated renewable energy fund is organizing this forum for local and international scientists and manufacturers to present Armenia’s resources and investment capacity. The forum will focus on small hydropower, wind energy, bioethanol, biofuel, solar technologies, hydrogen energy, and biogas.

Caucasus Biodiversity Reporting Awards

Marriott Hotel, Yerevan
October 27, 2008

The winners being recognized by the International Center for Journalists are Arpi Harutyunyan from for “Conflict of Man and Beasts: Armenian Wildlife in Danger of Extinction,” Karine Simonyan from Radio Free Europe for “Those in Teghut Can’t Make It! Which Is More Important--Environment or Jobs?” and Rezo Getiashvili from Kviris Palitra for “The Failure of Forestry Reform: New Legislation Could Break Villages.”

The Importance of Ecology and Nature Protection in Sustainable Development Perspectives

Yerevan State University
November 20-21, 2008

This international forum supported by UNDP and the World Bank will focus on environmental monitoring and resource management, ecosystem analysis, protection, and remediation, climate change and sustainable development, interdisciplinary links between sociology, economy, and ecology, environmental legislation and policy, and environmental education and public awareness.