Varant Meguerditchian, the Executive Director of the Mining Legislation Reform Institute spoke to EVN Report about the weak laws regulating mining in the country, the impacts on communities and the environment and the critical need to reform the Armenian mining sector through legislation.
- There are serious flaws in the mining legislation primarily because of years of neglect in the sector.
- The Mining Legislation Reform Institute (MLRI) has identified multiple impacts resulting from the mining sector: environmental, social, economic, worker’s rights, etc.
- Licensing laws are weak and must be brought into line with international best practices.
- Negative impacts of mining can be substantial and also multigenerational.