Verdict of Public Environmental Court on Violations in Forest Ecosystem in Armenia Sent to RA Prime Minister and RA Chief Prosecutor

Verdict of Public Environmental Court on Violations in Forest Ecosystem in Armenia Sent to RA Prime Minister and RA Chief Prosecutor

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The verdict of the Public Environmental Court on the violations in the forest ecosystem in Armenia was sent to Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan and RA Chief Prosecutor Arthur Davtyan on 22 April. The Public Environmental Court ruled:

'1. The violations committed in the forest sector which have disturbed the environmental security in Armenia and led to the elimination of ecosystems, promoted to the deterioration of the socio-economic situation, as a result, the irreversible environmental and economic damage of extremely large extents have been caused, are recognized as a crime directed against nature, humanity and state.

2. To recognize the Armenian Government, RA Nature Protection Ministry, RA Agriculture Ministry, RA Ministry for Emergency States, RA Territorial Administration and Development Ministry, 'ArmForest' SNCO, State Committee for Real Estate Cadastre liable for this situation.

3. To apply to RA Prosecutor's Office demanding:

a) To check the lawfulness of the suspension of criminal cases on the violations of forest legislation,

b) To detect all the people actually  of forest violations, including the clients when investigating the criminal cases on forest violations,

c) To check the lawfulness of charcoal production, realization and export in Armenia, to detect the violations occurring in this sector and to apply relevant measures to eliminate them.

d) To check the expediency of the use of 59 million AMD allotted for reforestation in Erebuni forestry enterprise and the lawfulness of the allocation of 2.42 ha of forest areas for the construction of a new landfill site in Nubarashen.

e) To check the lawfulness of changing the target significance of the forest areas in Tsaghkadzor, the lawfulness of land allocations and site developments, as well as the lawfulness of changing the category of the forest areas in Kotayq Region (Governmental Resolution no. 422-Ն  dated on 05.04.07) and the further administration of these land areas.

f) To check the lawfulness of allotting 186.4 ha of land areas from Areviq National Park for the operation of Meghrasar gold mine.

g) To check the lawfulness of allotting 500 ha of forest land areas in Hanqavan.

4.  To apply to RA Investigative Committee demanding:

a) To initiate criminal cases towards people liable for the violation of the forest legislation detecting all the people guilty, including the clients.

b) To initiate a criminal case for excessive felling of Teghout forest, damage caused to state and falsifying facts of reforestation volumes.

19:28 April 29, 2019


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