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. 

Expected results

  • Removal of priority POPs pesticide waste from the Nubarashen burial site, secure containment of residual contamination on-site, site stabilization and restoration, with the site secured under appropriate institutional arrangements providing effective access limitations, monitoring and future land use control, all endorsed by an informed public;
  • Development of the Kotayk national hazardous waste management site equipped with secure storage and basic infrastructure to allow introduction of HW treatment soil remediation technologies;
  • Removal from Armenia of all substantially all high priority POPs pesticides, associate very high concentration wastes and OP stockpiles;
  • Development of institutional and regulatory capacity for sound chemicals management.

Who Finances it?

Global Environmental Facility

$ 4,700,000.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year