This report has investigated the impact of gold mining on heavy metal pollution in four regions of Armenia, namely Ararat, Kotayk, Lori, and Aragatsotn. Environmental and biological samples were collected and analyzed to assess heavy metal levels. The results have shown significant contamination, particularly of arsenic, cadmium, and lead, in soil, sediment, and biological samples, indicating potential health risks to local communities. The research suggests that improved regulatory frameworks and increased community awareness are necessary to address the environmental and health impacts of gold mining.
This report was prepared and published as a part of the project “Civil society involvement in chemical safety advocacy in Armenia”, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic within the Transition Promotion Program, and the Sigrid Rausing Trust. Its content is the sole responsibility of Arnika, Centre for Citizen Mobilization and Support (CCMS) and EcoLur and does not necessarily reflect the views of the donors. The project was implemented by Arnika – Toxics and Waste Programme, based in Prague, Czech Republic and CCMS, based in Alaverdi, Armenia and EcoLur, based in Yerevan, Armenia.