Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 31 / Trend T.Hajiyev /
Armenia is destroying the natural heritage of the Azerbaijani region of Gubadli, the Azerbaijani Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry told Trend today.
Armenia has occupied the region since the early 1990s. Prior to the Armenian occupation, the region boasted 13,160 hectares of forestland.
Gubadli rests between Karabakh and Zangezur and was established in 1933 as an administrative unit. The Armenian armed forces occupied Gubadli on Aug. 31, 1993. Its area is 80,250 hectares.
The Gubadli State Nature Reserve, which was once rich in flora and fauna, was located 1,600 meters above sea level with an area of 20,000 hectares. Many rare and endangered animals and birds were protected by the state in the area before the Armenian occupation.
The region also once boasted tuff reserves amounting to 6,247 thousand cubic meters, clay deposits, a range of colored stones and an underground potable water supply. However, the Armenian occupiers have destroyed the region's forests, as well as its unusual flora and fauna.
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