This visit was not the first one for Steynar Andersen, Paul Skedsmon and Peter Joan Shay. Steynar Andersen, who delivered a lecture on international agreements, mentioned it was a great pleasure for him to visit YSU once again.
Mr. Andersen gave practical advices regarding the practical application of international agreements. Why do we need the international cooperation? The relations become tighter and tighter and the cooperation between specialists becomes more important. In previous times environmental issues used to be local, but currently there are no borders and the danger has increased. Such small countries, as Armenia and Norway are, must cooperate more actively, than their powerful colleagues, - said our guest.
Mr. Skedsmons lecture was on the environmental information act and Norwegian experience of Aarhus convention implementation. RA ratified the above mentioned convention in 2001. It refers to the following issues: information availability on environmental problems, participation of society in the decision-making process and accessibility of the justice.
RA Minister of Nature Protection Aram Harutyunyan has mentioned that the above mentioned convention has provided our country with the opportunity to establish a good atmosphere of cooperation between civil society institutes and state bodies. PhD student from YSU Faculty of Law Pertch Khachatryan thinks that the freedom of environmental information is something new for our society, such lectures are too urgent. Our guests will share the experience of their country with us which will be of great importance for Armenia in future, - he states.
The participants also made a focus the on cooperation between state and public organizations, as well as public attention towards environmental issues.