Akhuryan Basin (Akhuryan and Metsamor)

Akhuryan Basin (Akhuryan and Metsamor)

Akhuryan water basin management area (WBMA) includes the river basins of Akhuryan and Metsamor.
Akhuryan River basin (RB) is located in the western part of the Republic of Armenia. It borders on the Republic of Georgia in the north, Turkey from the southwest to northwest, and Debed, Kasakh and Metsamor river basins in the east.
The total area of the river basin is 2784 km2, and the territory extends between the northern latitude 40°06'-41°10' and eastern longitude 43°27'-44°10'. The maximum extension of the territory from east to west is 54 km, and from north to south – 115 km. The highest point is the northern peak of Mount Aragats Mountain – 4090 m. The lowest point is 948 m and is located at Akhuryan River mouth, near the village Bagaran.
Metsamor River basin (RB) borders Akhuryan RB in the west and north, Turkey in the south (through the Araks River), and the Hrazdan and Kasakh river basins in the east.
The total area of the Metsamor River watershed is 2060 km2 (without Kasakh tributary), whereas the area of the dry basin on the left side of Araks River (within the boundaries of Armenia) between Akhuryan and Metsamor river mouths is 185 km2. Thus, the total area of the river basin is 2245 km2.
The river basin extends between the northern latitude 40°01'-40°29' and eastern longitude 43°32'-44°23'. The maximum extent from east to west is 61 km, and from north to south – 52 km. The lowest point in the river mouth is about 823 m, and the highest point is 3300 m (located on the Aragats mountain massif).
The Metsamor RB includes different landscapes – from semi-deserts to high mountainous alpine and nival zones.

Tentative timetable and consultation arrangements for the development of the Akhuryan RBMP

Deliverable Tentative Timing
Draft Pressures and Impacts Report May 2014
Akhuryan Pilot Basin - Stakeholder Consultation Meeting 20 June 2014
Collection of further comments on the draft Pressures and Impacts Report 11 July 2014
Revision of the Draft Pressures and Impacts Report Summer 2014
Water Bodies at Risk Report  July 2014
Environmental objectives August 2014
Programme of Measures October - November 2014
Economic Analysis and prioritised measures report November 2014
Draft River Basin Management Plan for the Akhuryan Pilot Basin February 2015
Collection of comments for 5 months February-June 2015
Akhuryan Pilot Basin - Stakeholder Consultation Meeting April-May 2015


River Basin Management Plan

Armenia

Draft Management Plan Brochure
Pressures and Impacts report
in Armenian
Water bodies at risk report
Environmental objectives and Programme of Measures
Economic Analysis and prioritised measures report
Draft River Basin Management Plan
Management Plan
Communication Strategies and Plans
Brochure Key Water Issues