Elimination of Obsolete Pesticide Stockpiles and Addressing POPs Contaminated Sites

What we do

Nubarashen toxic waste burial site

Armenia still suffers from the legacy of a centralized command economy. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, an Union-wide program was initiated to collect the accumulated banned and expired pesticides from the distribution system and dispose them in landfills or burial sites. In 1990, it was estimated that 600 storehouses existed in Armenia.

These contaminated sites present major environmental and health concerns as most of them have a high risk of general release into the environment and into agricultural production.

In close partnership with the Government of Armenia, UNDP’s efforts are aimed at:

  • Protecting health and the environment by eliminating obsolete pesticide stockpiles;
  • Addressing contaminated sites through a sound chemical management framework;  
  • Securing firm co-financing commitments for each of the project components both from national and international community. 

Some results so far

An inception workshop and interim stakeholder consultation meeting were conducted.

Data gathering and site assessment exercise started.

The initial facility for hazardous waste storage has been identified, and disposal options are under investigation.

Who Finances it?

Global Environmental Facility (project preparation grant)

$ 140,000.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Project start date:
December 2012
Estimated end date:
January 2014
Geographic coverage:
Focus Area:
Environment & Energy
MDG 7 - Ensuring environmental sustainability
Project Coordinator:
Armen Martirosyan
RA Ministries of Nature Protection, Emergency Situations
Project Related Documents
Project Identification Form