Fallen wood for fuel-wood free of charge for the forest communities
Recently the Government of RA has discussed and approved the Draft Decree on “Providing privileges to the forest communities of RA for the use of non-industrial fallen wood as fuel-wood” drafted by “ArmForest” SNCO of Ministry of Agriculture of RA.
The above-mentioned Decree foresees, in case of availability, provision of up to 8m3 of fallen wood to the families of forest communities free of charge. Currently the list of communities which will be the beneficiaries of the program is being finalized.
“ArmForest” SNCO is in process of drafting the Charter, which will describe the scope, terms, roles and responsibilities of the parties concerned (ArmForest” SNCO and the forest communities).
By bringing the issue of providing the fallen wood to the forest communities free of charge, not only a social issue is being covered, but this will also decrease the likelihood of illegal logging for fuel-wood.
During upcoming weeks, right after finalization and approval of the Charter, “ArmForest” SNCO will carry out a public awareness campaign to inform stakeholders about the new possibilities arising from the Decree.