Friday, December 1 2017 14:28
Naira Badalian

Artsvik Minasyan: Strengthening the capacity of specially protected areas is a priority task of the Ministry of the Protection of the Suburbs

Artsvik Minasyan: Strengthening the capacity of specially protected  areas is a priority task of the Ministry of the Protection of the  Suburbs

ArmInfo. Strengthening the  capacity of specially protected areas is a priority task of the  Ministry of the protection of the suburbs. This was stated by the  head of the department Artsvik Minasyan at a meeting with the  Executive Director of the Caucasus Environment Fund (CNF) George  Giacomini and the national fund coordinator Arman Vermishyan.  

According to the press service of the Ministry of Nature Protection,  Artsvik Minasyan informed that the day before the country's executive  body approved a draft decision aimed at reforms in the sphere of  forestry. According to the document, as the minister pointed out, it  is for the Ministry of Nature Protection that implementation of the  policy in the field of forestry is enshrined.

At the same time, the Minister, noting the importance of expanding  cooperation with CNF, under the mandate of which is the support of  specially protected areas, stressed that in the forests under the  control of the "ArmForest" SNCO, which, according to the results of  the legislative reforms, will be transferred to the Ministry of  Nature Protection of Armenia, there are 13 specially protected  territories.  The strengthening of their capabilities, as stated by  Arvik Minasyan, is a top priority.

The parties discussed the results fixed for today on joint programs  scheduled for 2017, as well as financial expectations of the ministry  for the coming year. At the request of the executive director of the  CNF, the Minister of Ecology of Armenia presented the measures taken  to identify and prevent cases of illegal logging in specially  protected areas. Artsvik Minasyan suggested in the future to provide  funds for the acquisition of special equipment for monitoring the  territory. - 0 - In the context of an unprecedented number of forest  fires in Armenia in 2017, the parties also discussed issues related  to the provision of specially protected areas with the necessary fire  fighting equipment.


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