Cessation of commercial and industrial wood exploitation of forests of north Iran

Cessation of commercial and industrial wood exploitation of forests of north Iran


The head of National Forests, Lands and Watersheds Organization has announced the cessation of the commercial and industrial wood exploitation of forests in north Iran.

The head of National Forests, Lands and Watersheds Organization has announced the cessation of the commercial and industrial wood exploitation of forests in north Iran. Citing the communiqué of the Minister of Agriculture regarding the cessation of commercial and industrial wood exploitation of forests in north of Iran, Engineer Khodakaram Jalali has stated, “Pursuant to the approval on improvements in monitor, preservation, exploitation and management of national forests, the directive on the cessation of commercial and industrial wood exploitation in forests of north Iran has been issued by the Minister of Agriculture.’ Moreover, while citing the exploitation of one (1) million acres out of two (2) million acres of forests in the north of the country based on the previously concluded agreements, Jalali reiterated, “pursuant to the directive of the Minister of Agriculture, the assignment of forestry plans with economic objectives through exploitation of forests is now barred.”

He also added, “at the moment there are one hundred ten (110) contracts for forest exploitation; however, no new contracts will be concluded from this point on and the existing contract will not be renewed.’ Jalalil also added, “based on this communiqué, the National Forests, Lands and Watersheds Organizations has been required to take appropriate actions to conduct negotiations with forestry plan authorities to reduce the effective dates of the current contracts.” The Deputy Minister of Agriculture while stating the cessation of forest exploitation as a means to preserve the forests, also made reassurances by saying’ “Man-made forests are excluded from bar on exploitation; although, efforts are being made to prioritize the replanting of less denser forest lands or those lands which do not have any plant or vegetation coverage.

Furthermore, the head of the National Organization of Forests, Lands and Watersheds emphasized that, “Construction of any new roads through the forests in the north of the country is now illegal pursuant to the communication of the Minister of Agriculture’s directive and the allocated funds will either be used for the maintenance of the existing roads or the approach to protecting the forests.” He also made reassurances by saying that, “The plan to preserve the forests of the north, particularly the areas where the forestry contracts have expired will be procured soon.”



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