On September 14-15, 2015 the Environmental Protection of International River Basins (EPIRB) project will conduct training and launch the new groundwater monitoring well, equipped with modern electronic devices in the Aknashen village of Ararat valley of Armenia. The above mentioned-work was implemented as part of the River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) development process through the selected Programme of Measures (PoM). It aimed to assist the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia to address the problem of artesian groundwater depletion in Ararat valley through refurbishment of the groundwater monitoring in the basin. Improved monitoring will help to collect more accurate information on the level of over-exploitation and at the same time improve decision-making on water allocation.
The “Environmental Protection of International River Basins” (EPIRB) project is an EU-funded project managed by the European Commission and implemented by a consortium led by Hulla & Co “Human Dynamics”. The project aims to reinforce actions in environmental protection and water resources management in the Eastern Partnership countries in terms of cooperation towards the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD –2000/60/EC). The project activities and outcomes are designed to improve the quality of water in selected transboundary river basins through joint water monitoring activities and the development of River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) in selected pilot river basins. The project focuses on the wider Black Sea region and aims to support the beneficiary countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
In the frame of the current pilot activities in Armenia the project helped to construct a new groundwater monitoring borehole in Aknashen village, and equipped the new well with modern electronic water level temperature and conductivity meters and telemetric station for data transfer to the databases of the responsible groundwater institution – Hydrogeological Monitoring Centre of the Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia. The total cost of the project, including drilling of the well, installation of automated equipment, connection to the telemetry and testing, will amount to EUR 38,522. The final installation of the equipment and linking to the existing telemetry system, as well as the training of the specialists of the Hydrogeological Monitoring Center is planned on September 14-15, 2015. Official launching and hand over ceremony will also take place on September 14, 2015 at 16:00, in Aknashen, Armenia.
For additional information, please contact Vahagn Tonoyan, EPIRB Project Country Water Management Expert for Armenia (Tel.: 077-55-04-87, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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