The review of Armenia’s environmental performance revealed its strong dependence on a number of political and economic circumstances, which are hoped to become more favourable in the near future. While these conditions sometimes limit the effectiveness of environmental management, they do not reduce its importance in the interest of future sustainable development of the Armenian economy and the country as a whole. It is therefore hoped that environmental management will be strengthened to prepare for this development.
"The existing legal framework governing the use of natural resources and environmental protection includes a large variety of legally binding documents, classified in the following groups:
1. Environmental conventions
2. Environmental legislative acts (laws, codes, government resolutions equivalent to laws, National Assembly resolutions)
3. Environmental and environment-related regulations (government resolutions, Prime Minister’s resolutions)
4. Environment-related legislative acts (laws, codes, presidential decrees, National Assembly resolutions)
Between 1993 and 1999 Armenia ratified nine environmental conventions. It is unclear how these were introduced into national legislation after their ratification. The most important legislative acts are listed in Box 1.1."