Research Activities

Members of the organization and its partners have carried out a lot of research work covering various aspects of ecological rights as well as related to mining projects. These researches are related to the right to access to justice for environmental non-governmental organizations, legal and socio-economic issues related to the operation of the Amulsar mine, legal issues with the operation of other mines, issues of wastes management and processing, etc. As a result of these researches, several articles and other materials were published regarding the main issues with mines. This data can be found in corresponding sections on those mines.

Fundamental research work is currently in progress on the assessment of mining impacts in Armenia on public health and issues related to the introduction of international standards for responsible mining. Further information on the progress and results of these research activities will be posted on relevant sections of EcoRight’s web page.

Tremendous work has been done together with our partners with regards to ensuring and applying the right to access to justice for non-governmental organizations in their activities aimed at protection of public rights (The legal standing of NGO’s in EU countries by Lusine Ghazaryan [in Armenian]). The results of these research activities were later presented to the Armenian Ministry of Justice and the Standing Committee on Human Rights of the National Assembly during public hearings in the frameworks of the development and adoption of the new Law on NGO’s that also reviewed issues of legal jurisprudence of NGO’s in other countries.

Research activities were carried out also related to the Amulsar mining project. EcoRight has studied issues related to the legal permissibility of the mining project in relation to different components within the mine’s impact zone, such as the social and economic impacts and the biodiversity offsetting policy of the mining company. The objectivity of the assessment of impacts on biodiversity within the Amulsar mining project was also addressed by WWF-Armenia. Their professional feedback clearly and in detail presents the issues within the mining project that are incompatible with the preservation of wildlife. This document has also assessed questionable provisions related to the establishment of the Jermuk National Park, which are included in the Amulsar mining project as a policy of biodiversity offsets. In the frameworks of the litigation against the Amulsar mine, the professional position of WWF-Armenia was presented to the Administrative Court of Armenia as a professional opinion disputing the conclusion of the official EIA with regards to impacts on biodiversity.