The conference was organized in the frames of the project “Environmental Information Issues” funded by the RA State Committee of Science. During the event, participants will present the interim results of the researches done so far. The project started in December of last year.
Since June 5 is the International Day of Environmental Protection, the Director of the Environmental Law Resource Centre of the Faculty of Law Aida Iskoyan first made an introductory speech, listing all the regulations that have been adopted by various countries and institutions and still have an important role for the sector’s regulation.
“The main purpose of this discussion is to hear the opinions and suggestions of the representatives of different sectors. Although the Ministry of Nature Protection believes there is no need for the adoption of the law “On environmental information”, and the law “On freedom of information” is quite enough, we strongly believe that we do need another law,”- says Aida Iskoyan.
According to the researcher at the Centre Heghine Hakhverdyan, the Republic of Armenia today does not have a separate legal regulation on the access to the environmental information; it is in the field of the general regulatory framework.
“We are currently working on the concept of the law on the environmental information and our study reveals the problems that exist today and in future will form the basis for the new law. The conference aims to identify the issues to attract government agencies and NGOs. Although our research relates to the field of law, the content of our conference includes also cross-sectoral issues,” - says Heghine Hakhverdyan.
The conference was attended by the representatives of the RA ministries of Agriculture, Emergency Situations, Nature Protection, various institutions, who also made reports.