Illegal Deforestation Rises in Armenia

Illegal deforestation continues to increase in Armenia every year. The issue of illegal logging in the forests of Jiliza, an area located in the northern Lori Province, was one of the most severe in the country in 2021. The HayAntar governmental organization is responsible for the maintenance and protection of forest lands. It is an affiliate of the Ministry of Agriculture. Romanos Petrosyan, Armenia’s Minister of Environment, explains to CivilNet the reason why there is an increase in severe cases of deforestation.