ArmInfo. An interagency commission will be created in Armenia to implement a large-scale forest planting program in 2020. According to the official website of the Government of Armenia, the corresponding decision was signed by the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on December 4.
The commission will include the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, Emergencies, Economics, Health, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Deputy Heads of Police, Chairman of the Committee for Urban Development and Cadastre and Real Estate. The commission will be headed by Deputy Minister of Environment Vardan Melikyan. Recall, on October 16, when entering the "Global Innovation Forum-2019", the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated: "Our government has developed an ambitious program that should reach its peak on October 10, 2020. On this day we plan to plant 10 million trees in the country - on the 10th day of the 10th month, which will mark the solidarity of 10 million Armenians around Armenian statehood and Armenia. " According to him, by 2050 Armenia plans to double the forest territories of the republic. It is planned that by the end of 2019, about 500 thousand seedlings will be planted on 140 hectares.
Meanwhile, at a hearing on the next year's draft state budget in parliamentary commissions, Minister of the Environment of Armenia Eric Grigoryan stated that the draft state budget of Armenia for 2020 does not provide funding for the planting program for 10 million trees. In implementing this program, the authorities intend to resort to the help of both partner countries and the local population, and representatives of the diaspora. In particular, as the Minister noted, successful negotiations are underway with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on the implementation of joint projects, including on this project. Eric Grigoryan emphasized that the program is nationwide in nature and will be attended by individual citizens, educational institutions, and business structures.