In Albania was banned for ten years to cut down trees

Albania has introduced a 10-year ban on felling of trees for industrial purposes, announced on Friday, 5 February, the Ministry of the environment of the country.

The moratorium was approved by the Albanian Parliament for this decision voted 101 members 140, reports the BBC-Ukraine.

Violators of the law may be sentenced to imprisonment for the term up to 10 years and fines of up to 36 thousand euros.

The ban is necessary to avoid environmental disaster in one of the poorest countries in Europe. The government also pledged to strengthen the fight against illegal cutting down of trees, which caused the disappearance of forests in Albania.

In exceptional cases, the authorities will be able to allow the felling of trees for heating houses.

Over the past 25 years forest cover Albania has been halved: up to 1990, forests covered 51% of the territory, and now only 25%. In the year, the country harvested an average of 2.5 million trees.

Particular concern of environmentalists is causing the disappearance of forests along rivers, as this increases the risk of floods in the country.

Recall that in 2014, Google presented a project of Global Forest Watch, developed jointly with the world resources Institute and 40 other organizations. Using this project in real time you can monitor deforestation across the planet.

In Albania was banned for ten years to cut down trees 05.02.2016

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