YEREVAN, July 16. /ARKA/. Some 500 trees were illegally cut in Armenia in the first half of this year, Ruben Petrosyan, chief forest warden of Hayantar governmental noncommercial organization, said Wednesday at a news conference.
“To reduce the illegal cutting 8 cubic meters of wood shredding are provided for free to every family living five kilometers far from forests,” he said. “Some 60,000 cubic meters were provided to them in 2013.”
Petrosyan said that 25,000 cubic meters are planned to be cut in 2014. Starting from 2013, the whole wood is being marked to see its origin and to prevent abuse.
The authorities embarked on institutional and legislative changes this year to tighten grip on the cutting and ensure a reasonable usage of these natural resources, he said.
According to Hayantar governmental noncommercial organization, 928 trees were cut illegally in 2013 and 1,320 in 2012.
Lori and Tavush, Armenia’s provinces rich in forests, accounted for the largest number of illegally cut trees.
The size of a fine for cutting one tree ranges from AMD 20,000 to $1,500 and depends on a type and diameter of the cut tree.
The country has 332,333 hectares of forests now. --0----