Reusing discharge waters from fish-farms for irrigation and reclamation of saline soils in Ararat valley
Reusing discharge waters from fish-farms for irrigation and reclamation of saline soils in Ararat valley
Unsustainable water management practices in Ararat valley have caused environmental and social problems. As a result, Ararat valley is increasingly seen as an environmental disaster area. The project intends to test the technical and economic feasibility of using discharge waters from fish-farms for irrigation purposes and for reclamation of slightly saline soils in the region. It will have a dual effect: prevent uncontrolled disposal of effluents and at the same time supply water for irrigation (preventing further degradation of soils) and soil reclamation (decreasing area under degraded soils) purposes.
The project will be implemented in two stages: at the first stage the fish-farm discharge waters will be used for irrigation purposes. USAID funded Clean Energy and Water project has expressed interest in designing and installing the irrigation system at the pilot site. The ER&GIS Centre NGO will oversee/ monitor the operation of the system during vegetation period and collect system performance data for dissemination purposes. In parallel, through trainings and on-going consultancy, knowledge of the local farmers in sustainable land management practices will be enhanced to ensure successful operation of the system. During the second phase the concept of reusing discharge waters for reclamation of slightly saline soils will be tested. The pilot project will be implemented on 5 ha slightly saline soils, which will be selected during the project implementation. Finally, the project findings will be analyzed to develop replication/ dissemination strategy to target communities where implementation of similar systems will the technically and financially justified.
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Project Snapshot

"Environmental Research and GIS Center" NGO
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 112,982.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 24,480.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Replication of project activities
At the end of the project a replication/dissemination strategy will be developed which will be based on the practical knowledge gained during implementation of pilot projects and information collected during assessment of land and water resources in Ararat valley. It is believed that the replication potential of the system is quite high. Currently a regulation is under governmental approval requiring fish-farmers to pay for the discharge waters. If the regulation is put into force, incentive will be created for fish-farmers to invest in similar systems instead of paying discharge water fees. The horticulture farmers might also have higher interest in using water from fish-farms because of its more favorable physical and chemical characteristics and lower costs of bringing water to the end-user.
Planning non gef grant
Because of low investment requirements and mutually beneficial relationship between the parties to be created, it is hoped that good results of the project along with appropriate governmental policy will be enough to encouraging wide-scale replication of the system as a joint effort of communities and fish-farmers. Therefore, at least for the irrigation projects no additional financial inflows will be needed. As for the second activity of the project (reclamation of saline soils), potential donors will be identified and approached on the stage of development of replication/dissemination.
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Hectares of degraded land rest 5
Number of innovations or new technologies developed / applied 1

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