Abuses in Compensation of Damage Caused by Tree Felling for Teghout Operation: Criminal Case Initiated

Abuses in Compensation of Damage Caused by Tree Felling for Teghout Operation: Criminal Case Initiated

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RA Chief Prosecutor’s office found out that according to the governmental resolution №1278-Ն dated on 1 November 2007 permitted felling of 357 ha of forest covered located within the administrative ranges of the rural villages in Lori Region, as well as beyond their borders for the development of Teghout Mine, while RA Nature Protection Minister and RA Agriculture Minister had been assigned to approve the program on compensation of damage caused to the forest economy with the felling of the forest cover.

On 27 July 2012, “Teghout” CJSC and “ArmForest” SNCO signed an agreement, which obligated the SNCO to carry out reforestation works, establishing forest cultures in the area of 315 ha for 431,638,661 AMD in 2012-2015.

The obligation of the supervision over the reforestation and care works was vested on RA Nature Protection Ministry and RA Agriculture Ministry.

According to the documents compiled by the officials of “ArmForest” SNCO in 2012-2015, in 2012-2015 within the frames of the aforementioned agreement, the SNCO employees checked the planting, fencing and agro-tech care works in the total area of 132 ha including three different sections in Vanadzor and Spitak forestry enterprises: these works were considered to be accomplished and “Teghout” CJSC transferred to “ArmForest” SNCO 114,580,000 AMD for the performance of these works.

Nevertheless, the monitoring carried out by “State Center for Forest Monitoring” SNCO on 4 September 2018 and on 9 April 2019 recorded that the significant part of the planted tree species in the abovementioned areas haven’t been preserved, the remaining part has completely got dry. These circumstances show that the works envisaged in the contract have either not performed at all or have been performed partially.

It has been found out that the officials of “ArmForest” SNCO incorporated apparently false information or records on the performance of reforestation and agro-tech care works in the amount of 114,580,000 AMD thus causing serious consequences for the state. Moreover, the officials of RA Nature Protection Ministry and RA Agriculture Ministry didn’t perform the function of the supervision vested on them with the decrees and under the contract. A criminal case has been initiated based on the examinations.

13:51 July 29, 2019


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