The Standing Committee of National Assembly on Nature Protection and Agriculture under the chairmanship of Martun Grigoryan didn’t approve bill “On Making Amendments and Supplements into RA Forest Code” on 3 June, which plans to carry out site development in forest-covered areas. The bill has been submitted by the National Center for Regulative Legislation.”
As the official website of the National Assembly says, upon Chairman Martun Grigoryan’s proposal, a decision was made to postpone the consideration of the bill for one year.
The details of the meeting are posted on Facebook. As the post says, “the committee didn’t approve certain provisions of the bill, particularly “development of forest covered areas”. This also means forest felling, which contradicts the commitments of Armenia undertaken by Armenia in the INDC, which plans to reach forest covered areas in Armenia up to 20.1% by 2050 instead of current 11.2%. It also says that the committee had also received an application from the NGOs to call back the bill.”
Reminder: the comprehensive discussion of the bill was held in the course of the round table at EcoLur Press Club, as a result of which the participants sent a letter to the National Assembly Committee demanding to call back the bill and to send it back to the government.
The NGOs having signed the letter claim that this bill, in its essence, is anti-environmental and it contradict the main environmental laws, bears threats to forests, small business, and other social and ecological hazards.
19:37 June 03, 2016