Tree felling significantly reduces in Azerbaijan: minister
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 23 / Trend , J. Babayeva/ Tree felling has significantly reduced in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Ecology and Natural Resources Minister Hussein Bagirov told reporters.
"The ministry has not yet informed the public about core of the tree felling problem. Media expresses opinion about core of the problem without understanding it. The danger is that those guilty for this are left aside and not condemned," Bagirov said.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev banned tree felling to clean the area under the construction of private facilities or houses. The head of state made this statement in a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the results of socio-economic development in the first quarter of 2009. The president said trees can be cut only when state project is realized or roads are expanded, etc.
The ministry has raised an issue not to cut tree in areas allotted for construction, the minister said.
"Trees are cut illegally in private lands. They say they have cut trees as local administrative bodies did not put forward any conditions while selling land to them," Bagirov said.
A total of 11 areas have been defined to plant trees in Azerbaijan. About 3 million trees will be planted in two years. The trees will be planted in Garadagh, Surakhani, Sabunchu, Absheron, Binagadi and Azizbayov districts of Baku.
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