Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 7
By Anvar Mammadov – Trend:
Over the past 16 years, about 159,000 hectares of forest have been restored in Azerbaijan, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Firdovsi Aliyev said.
He made the remarks at an event dedicated to the project on monitoring and assessment of forest resources to strengthen knowledge about the forest fund of Azerbaijan.
Aliyev said that 52,100 hectares of new forest areas were created and 106 million new trees were planted during the period.
“In general, in recent years, after work on cleaning and restoration of arid territories, large-scale landscaping work was carried out. More than four million trees were planted on the territory of more than 4,000 hectares, a drip irrigation system with a total length of 11,000 kilometers was created,” noted the deputy minister.
According to him, the projects to create modern agroforestry, implemented under an instruction of the country’s leadership, should play an important role in the diversification of the economy.
“More than a million fruit trees have been planted on a territory of more than 4,000 hectares so far. Such measures, along with protecting the environment, play an important role in strengthening food security,” added Aliyev.
Currently, the area of forests is 1,021 million hectares in Azerbaijan, 261,000 hectares of which are located in the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia.