Monday, September 15, 2008

LECTURE- Hakob Sanasaryan, Development and Environment in Armenia, TONIGHT

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LECTURE- Hakob Sanasaryan, Development and Environment in Armenia, TONIGHT

Posted by: Christie Hardiman <>

Reminder: Hakob Sanasaryan, Greens Union of Armenia, talks at Armenian
Library and Museum of America TONIGHT

WHO: Hakob Sanasaryan, Chairman of Greens' Union of Armenia
WHAT: Environmental Presentation - "At the Crossroads of Development:
Armenia's Current Situation"
WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2008
WHERE: Armenian Library and Museum of America, 65 Main, Street,
Watertown, Mass. 02472

Christie Hardiman
PR & Membership Outreach Coordinator
Armenian Library & Museum of America, Inc.
Phone: 617.926.2562 x 4
Fax: 617.926.0175

Tonight at 7 p.m. Hakob Sanasaryan will present "At the Crossroads of
Development – the Present Situation of the Armenian Environment,"
which will focus on issues of land, water and forest destruction in
Armenia. As someone who campaigned to include appropriate mitigation
measures and prevent adverse environmental impacts from the proposed
copper and molybdenum open mine in the village of Teghut in Lori
region and from a proposed gold factory near the Gegharkunik mine in
Sotk, Sanasaryan will talk about the destruction caused by Armenia's
mining industry. He will also share his views on issues associated
with Lake Sevan, and the disagreements between the declared management
policy for the lake and the actual activities pertaining to the lake.

Sanasaryan's presentation is held in conjunction with "A Photographic
Journey of Armenia's Natural Treasures," a joint exhibition presented
by ALMA and Armenia Tree Project (ATP). The exhibition features a
series of photographs, ranging from majestic nature scenes to images
that document a number of Armenia's environmental problems, in order
to show Armenia's stunning sights while raising awareness about the
serious threats to the country's ecological heritage.

The event is free and open to the public. The program will take place
in ALMA's Contemporary Art Gallery amidst "A Photographic Journey of
Armenia's Natural Treasures."

More about the presenting organizations:

About ALMA

Founded in 1971, ALMA's mission is to present and preserve the
culture, history, art and contributions of the Armenian people to
Americans and Armenians alike. Since its inception, ALMA's collection
has grown to over 27,000 books and 20,000 artifacts, making it perhaps
the largest and most diverse holding of Armenian cultural artifacts
outside of Armenia. As a repository for heirlooms, the collection now
represents a major resource not only for Armenian studies research,
but as well as for preservation and illustration of the Armenian
heritage. In 1988, ALMA acquired a 30,000 square foot facility in
Watertown, MA – one of North America's oldest and most active Armenian
communities. The facility includes exhibition galleries, Library,
administrative offices, function hall, climate-controlled vaults and
conservation lab.

Armenian Museum of America (subdivision of ALMA) is the only
independent Armenian Museum in the Diaspora funded solely through
contributions of individual supporters. An active Board of Trustees
and volunteer base augments the museum's staff. The Museum and
Gallery maintains an active schedule of changing exhibits. In
addition, the Museum sponsors lecture and presentation program on
Armenian-related topics. The Mesrop Boyajian Library (subdivision of
ALMA) is used primarily by researchers and interested general public
seeking research materials on Armenians.
Museum & Gallery Hours: Friday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Library Hours: Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: Free admission for ALMA members; $5 for non-members; $2 for
students; children 12 and under are free.

Driving Directions: Take route 95 to 128 to 90 (Mass Pike East)
towards Watertown. Take exit 17-Watertown/Newton. Go North 1 mile
towards Watertown Square. As you cross the small bridge, get into the
2 left lanes. Turn left onto Main Street. Turn right onto Church
Street, and then turn right into the municipal parking lot.

MBTA Buses: 71, 70/70A, 57, 52, 59, 502, 504. Please visit for schedules and maps.

About ATP

Armenia Tree Project (ATP), a Diaspora-supported non-profit
organization (NGO) based in Watertown and Yerevan, conducts vitally
important environmental projects in Armenia's impoverished and
deforested zones and seeks support in advancing its reforestation
mission. Since 1994, ATP has made enormous strides in combating
desertification in the biologically diverse but threatened Caucasus
region. Over 2,000,000 trees have been planted and restored, and
hundreds of jobs have been created for Armenians in seasonal
tree-regeneration programs.

ATP works to further Armenia's economic and social development by
mobilizing resources to fund reforestation. These vital new trees
provide food, wood, environmental benefits, and opportunities for
economic growth. Our goal is to assist the Armenian people in using
trees to improve their standard of living and protect the global
environment. In so doing, we are guided by the need to promote
self-sufficiency, aid those with the fewest resources first, and
conserve the indigenous ecosystem.

ATP works on three major program initiatives:

1) Planting Trees at Urban and Rural Sites
2) Environmental Education and Advocacy
3) Community Socioeconomic Development and Poverty Reduction

ATP has a full-time staff of 82, of whom 76 are employed in Armenia.
The Yerevan branch manages two state-of-the-art tree nurseries and a
large-scale reforestation nursery, partners with villagers to create
tree-based micro-enterprise opportunities, creates urban green belts
for public use, restores degraded forest lands, and employs hundreds
of part-time workers to restore forests from stumps.

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