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The Amulsar gold mine project and its impacts on Emerald Network sites

This complaint was submitted by the EcoLur” Informational NGO, the Armenian Forests NGO, the Green Armenia NGO, and the CEE Bankwatch Network in 2020 concerning the construction of the Amulsar Gold mine, of which the construction was already advanced.

The project is situated within the Emerald Network Site "Djermuk" area (AM0000009) and, according to the complaint, could have further significant impacts on other Emerald sites "Sevan" National park (AM0000002) and "Gorhajk" area (AM0000013). These Emerald sites are home to many species protected under Annex II of the Bern Convention, such as the Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor), grey wolf (Canis lupus), bezoar goat (Capra aegagrus), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) and brown bear (Ursus arctos).

The complaint stated that the project foresees excavating metal ore from open pits and extracting gold with cyanide in a heap leach facility which would pollute the Arpa River and cause further damage to species and habitats through pollution of waters that flow into the three candidate sites, including the reservoir that reverts water into Sevan Lake. Additionally, according to the complaint, the construction of the mine leads to the direct destruction of habitats during earthworks and site clearance, the deterioration of habitats, the killing of animals and plants during construction and exploitation, the destruction of breeding and wintering habitats as well as the disturbance and increased poaching on species populations, because of 24-hour noise and light and enhanced permeability of the habitat.

In 2021, the Bureau reiterated its call to halt any developments that can negatively affect the habitats and species protected under the Convention, whether it pertains to an Emerald Network site or not.


 Key Timeline

  • 2020 - Case registration


 Other countries possibly concerned

  • N/A


 Other international organisations involved

  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development



Complaint form

2020 T-PVS/Files(2020)32


Regular reports to the Bureau and/or Standing Committee

Please note that all reports received by a Party during one calendar year are included in one single report for that year. Some older reports are not available in digital form.

2023 Government Report - T-PVS/Files(2023)15
Complainant Report - T-PVS/Files(2023)07
2022 Government Report - T-PVS/Files(2022)30
Complainant Report - T-PVS/Files(2022)24
2021 Government Report - T-PVS/Files(2021)50
Complainant Report - T-PVS/Files(2021)13
2020 Government Report - T-PVS/Files(2020)43
Complainant Report - T-PVS/Files(2020)50


Other information / documents