This study summarizes all the results of sampling campaigns carried out between 2018 and 2021 in 13 settlements of the Tumanyan and Stepanavan regions of Lori Province. The survey was conducted with the cooperation of three non-profit organizations: Arnika, Centre for Community Mobilization and Support (CCMS), and EcoLur. The individual surveys generated a large dataset covering a wide range of sampled matrices including environmental samples of soil, sediment, and household dust, and food samples such as domestic chicken eggs, fish, homemade cheese, and crops grown by local private farmers were collected from these localities. Biological samples such as urine, hair, and nails were also taken from local residents.
The aim of this study was to map the occurrence and distribution of heavy metals and POPs in components in the vicinity of the potential polluting points of the Tumanyan and Stepanavan regions, and to determine the burden of contaminants on the local population in a territory with a population of 40,000.