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AUA to Host Summit on the Future of Lake Sevan 

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YEREVAN, Armenia On June 28, the Republic of Armenia (RA) Ministry of Environment and the American University of Armenia (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment will co-host the Summit on the Future of Lake Sevan, a daylong dialogue on the policy and programmatic agenda for protecting and restoring one of Armenia’s vital water ecosystems. The Summit will take place at AUA from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

The Summit is organized within the framework of the EU4Sevan project co-financed by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). EU4Sevan  is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH as a part of its “ECOserve” programme and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia.

The Summit will bring together a diverse group of experts, government officials, academics, and civil society representatives to discuss and formulate actionable proposals for protecting and restoring Lake Sevan’s ecosystem.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Karsten Rinke, head of the Department of Lake Research at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Germany. Participants will attend panel discussions on strategic directions and actions essential for Lake Sevan’s future, including:

  • Reducing pollutants through advanced wastewater treatment methods
  • Implementing sustainable agricultural practices to safeguard water ecosystems
  • Utilizing environmental data for informed decision-making
  • Enhancing legislative and institutional cooperation for effective management
  • Engaging communities through civic participation and environmental education

The Summit will also feature “Marketplace” presentations showcasing initiatives by government, businesses, NGOs, and academic sectors dedicated to the protection and restoration of Lake Sevan. This will be followed by a session on success stories and an award ceremony celebrating individuals or organizations that have contributed significantly to the advancement of Lake Sevan’s protection.

There will be no live streaming of the event. Space is limited. Register here: SUMMIT REGISTRATION FORM. Attendance is free of charge.

For more information about the event and its agenda, please visit the Summit webpage

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment, a research center of the American University of Armenia (AUA), promotes the protection and restoration of the natural environment through research, education, and community outreach. The AUA Acopian Center’s focus areas include sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity protection and conservation, greening the built environment, sustainable energy, as well as information technology and the environment. Visit