Forests of Armenia were passed to the preservation of RA Ministry of Nature Protection.On November 30 the government of the RA approved the concept of reforms, strategy and action plan in the Forest Sector. According to the concept, the state committee of forests and a policy department of forests, specially protected areas of nature and also biodiversity and biosafety will be formed in the structure of the Ministry of Nature Protection with the aim of developing, investing and implementing state unified policy in the field of preservation, protection, reproduction and sustainable use of the forests in the republic.
Under supervision of the committee, SNCOs will be created due to the reformation of “Hayantar” SNCO which will conduct forestry enterprises and a state forest service will be formed which will implement inspection functions for the purpose of forest preservation.
It should be noted that by now75% of the forests in Armenia was supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture and 25% of them which aref specially protected areas of nature, was supervised by the Ministry of Nature Protection.
The Ministry of Nature Protection will develop the legal acts on establishing forest committee and reformation of “Hayantar” SNCO and will submit them to the government during December 2017 and January 2018.
As a result of change,s it is expected to have a sustainable forest management system in Armenia and efficiency in fight against illegal logging.
It is planned to implement the reforms in Forest Sector within 3 years.
15:42 December 06, 2017