EcoLur continues publishing the opinions of experts and public figures on the unified management of forests together with specifically protected areas of nature and on the institutional amendments in this direction.
Karine Danielyan, President of 'Association for Sustainable Human Development', expresses her opinion: 'The status of forest management shall be increased up to the states of State Forest Committee, which won't be included in the Agriculture Ministry, as the Agriculture Ministry has completely different functions (note by EcoLur: 'ArmForest' SNCo and Center for Forest Monitoring are included in the composition of RA Agriculture Ministry). Maybe this new structure will be a part of RA Nature Protection Ministry. Here I can see there will be opposition as there will be a conflict of interests among forest users and the supervision over forests. As the forests in Amenia have environmental significance, such a decision will be more or less acceptable. Definitely, the best decision would be the establishment of a body at the highest level, especially taking into consideration the state of the forests in terms of illegal tree felling. Nevertheless, it's entirely impermissible, in my opinion, to consider the exclusion of specifically protected areas of nature from the supervision of RA Nature Protection Ministry in the general context of forest management. We can't have an automatic union of forests and specifically protected areas of nature under the same umbrella, as both forest-covered areas and landscapes and the biodiversity in the specifically protected areas of nature are integrable. The regime of protection and management of specifically protected areas of nature are based on the global environmental conventions, as the UN Convention on Biodiversity, as well as on the national legislation such as RA Law 'On specifically protected areas of nature', RA Law on 'Flora' and RA Law 'On Fauna' etc. If now we break worked out solutions to the protection and management of specifically protected areas of nature, it may lead to irreversible consequences.'
18:59 September 29, 2017