EcoLur received an alert from the residents of Charentsavan that the trees in the yard areas are being damaged, cut and burnt in Charentsavan in order to build a garage or a shop on the spot after they dry up.
EcoLur sent this alarm signal to Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection Body, Kotayk Regional Municipality and Charentsavan Municipality and provided photos.
In response to EcoLur's request, Charentsavan Acting Mayor H. Ghazanchyan informed EcoLur by letter N 1875-22 dated October 28, 2022.
"We would like to advise that
1. In 2022, Charentsavan municipality did not receive an alarm signal regarding damage to trees in the yard areas of Charentsavan community.
2. Charentsavan municipality issued permits for the construction of 15 garages and shops, which were provided to residents for construction or ownership.
3. During 2022, no cases of tree cutting were recorded."
The municipality did not answer the question whether they inspected whether or not the areas given for the construction permit are green.
The photos provided to EcoLur show the damaged parts of the trees, while Kotayk regional department of RA Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection Body told EcoLur that no cut or damaged trees were found as a result of the site inspection.
Levon Petrosyan, General Secretary of RA Kotayk Regional Municipality, informed in his letter No. 02/05.1/06279-2022 of 25.10.2022 that RA Kotayk Kotayk Regional Municipality did not receive any alarm signals from the residents of Charentsavan town regarding the cutting of trees in the yard areas. It was noted that they will pursue the prevention of such phenomena.
Reminder: Bill "On making amendments to Land Code of the Republic of Armenia developed by RA Ministry of Environment provides that, regardless of the form of ownership, state, communal or private, tree cutting can only be done with the permission of the community head in the lands of settlements located within the boundaries of urban settlements.
October 28, 2022 at 15:30