Currently, the opportunity of implementing unified forest management under the Nature Protection Ministry is being discussed: as RA Nature Protection Minister Artsvik Minasyan said today at the press conference.
It should be mentioned that RA Agriculture Ministry has developed a concept paper on the reforms in the forest sector, which proposes to delegate the management of all the forests in Armenia, including the specifically protected areas of nature, to the governance of one body.
Arstvik Minasyan mentioned that the forests shall be viewed in the system of multilateral use for the purposes of both agriculture and ecotourism and energy. According to the minister, the environmental approach will be the basis of all this.
'This will also lead to structural changes, the establishment of a body dealing with the development of a unified management policy on forests and specifically protected areas of nature, in this given case, it will be a division and also a body performing executive functions. Whether it will bear the name of a committee or any other name is still unclear, we haven't undergone the final discussions, but the most important principle is the environmental approach in unified governance,' the Nature Protection Minister said.
19:03 September 26, 2017