Nature Protection Ministry of Armenia represented by “Dilijan” National Park Director Ashot Davtyan responded to EcoLur’s public statement that illegal buildings are constructed in Dilijan, while forest is cut down for these purposes and that the territory of the national park is divided into parts and sold out. Such activities are not compatible with the main function of the national park – to preserve unique ecosystem and biodiversity of Dilijan forests.
In his telephone conversation with EcoLur, “Dilijan” National Park Director Ashot Davtyan expressed his disagreement with this statement and gave the following explanations. Out of 33,765 ha of national park territory, the national park controls 28,000 ka, while the rest is under the control of local communities. The recreation zone itself makes up 4,194 ha; there are 46 land area owners in this territory, which altogether make up 47 ha. Another 67 ha are given to Dilijan International School. Except “Mountainous Armenia” complex, other land areas are not still developed, though they are given to indefinite leasing. That is, under Davtyan, the very territory of the national park is not developed. What about developed land areas, these buildings are located in the territories of local communities, and they bear responsibility whether or not these buildings are legal.
For our part we would like to mention, besides the recreation zone and conservation areas, which make up about 10% of the territory, the rest of the national park is of household significance. This zone includes communities and forest, which can be used for household purposes, for example, to conduct felling. The forest resources also include plough land areas, pastures and meadows.
So as to clear up this matter, we enquire Nature Protection Ministry: whether the Ministry has the lost of buildings constructed in all 33,765 ha of “Dilijan” National park territory, where these buildings are located in the territories mentioned in the management plan of Dilijan National Park (forest resources, recreation zone, meadows, pastures, dwelling areas, plough land areas, etc) and how many of them have a positive opinion from the State Environmental Inspection?
12:30 August 19, 2011