Article 1) Cutting of trees is prohibited in the
boundaries of cities without the permission of municipalities and in rural
areas without the permission of ministry of agriculture and natural resources
based on the government announcements, in order to conserve and
develop green space expansion and control illegal tree cuttings.
The regulations of this article for rural areas will be prepared
by the Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources and the Ministry of
Cooperatives & Rural Development.
Note) Tree is defined in this article as any type of
trees with the diameter of 50 centimeters.
Article 2) Municipalities
should prepare within 1 year identification papers containing numbers, types
and locations of trees subject this law in the boundaries of cities. The above
mentioned papers, that will be renewed every five years, shall be the basis for
the implementation of this law. The identification papers for designated
locations will be formulated as follows:
A) Municipalities should submit identification papers in 2 copies
to the residents of designated locations to fill in the forms.
B) Municipalities should refer to the residents of designated
locations within 3 months and check and verify the forms and submit 1 copy of
the forms to the residents.
C) In case the identification papers were not filled out by the
residents the municipalities should, in line with article 3, embark to complete
the forms and submit 1 copy to the residents. Municipalities should, upon the
receipt of the forms, announce the same to the residents. If the
residents/owners do not file a claim within 1 month against the municipalities
the identification papers will be approved. Any claim will be dealt with on the
basis of article 12 of this law.
Article 3) Ministry of Agriculture & Natural
Resources and Municipalities may refer to designated locations randomly to
check the locations.
Article 4) Cutting of trees is prohibited in designated
locations after the serving of this law, except the owners obtain permit on the
basis of the article 12 of this law.
Note1) As of the date of enforcement of this law up
to official notice the cutting of trees is prohibited without the permit on the
basis of article 12 of this law.
Note 2) Wooded
lands and residential and commercial areas not exceeding 500 square meters are
not subject of this law.
Note 3) The number of trees cut will be recorded in
the construction permits issued in the framework of mater plan by the
municipalities. If the owners do not embark on construction activities after
the cutting of trees as specified in the construction permits, he/she will be
subject to penalties for stipulated in this law.
Note4) Municipalities are entitled to pay cash prizes
to the owners annually for trees planted within cutting prohibition periods in
collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Ministry of the Interior after the approval of the
Note5) The government will allocate competitive and low
interest loans to the relevant individuals to encourage and promote green
space expansion in rural and urban areas.
Article 5) Cutting
of trees located in streets, parks .squares as well as roads and
highways is prohibited, except on the basis of this law.
Note) Municipalities are held responsible for
plantation, conservation and irrigation of trees located in squares, streets
Article 6) Ministry
of Agriculture & Natural Resources may invest its duties and powers of this
law to other ministries, institutions or rural, urban and provincial councils.
Article 7) As for the forest trees and trees
located in natural resources, the relevant laws and regulations shall
Note) Separation of forest lands in the north that has been transferred to the
real persons or legal entities based on management plans is totally prohibited.
Breach in implementation of the management plans even after the final transfer
is not permitted whatsoever and any change in the content of it aimed at
improving harvesting methods is dependent upon submitting new management plans
and approval of Ministry of Agriculture
& Natural Resources.
Any breach of this article leads to the cancellation of the
contract and transfer of lands to the government.
Article 8) The rules pertaining to activities of nurseries
as well as cuttings and plantations that require cooperation with other
nurseries and orchards will appear in the regulations of this law.
Article 9) Individuals that purposely and illegally embark
to cut or destroy trees subject to this law as well as the owners of orchards
that purposely destroy the trees subject to this law shall be sentenced to
imprisonment up to 3 years and cash penalties as follows:
In rural areas: 1000 Rls per tree
In areas mentioned in article 2: 10000 Rls per tree
In areas mentioned in article 5 based on type and diameter
of tree: between 1000 up to 100,000 Rls.
Note) The above penalties will not be suspended or
Article 10) The reports of Ministry of
Agriculture & Natural Resources and Municipalities and other state organizations
that have been trained as judiciary officers will be considered as the reports
of judiciary officers.
Article 11) Individuals
including government agents or otherwise who purposely attribute unreal crimes
to someone or produce false reports, shall be sentenced to imprisonment up to 3
Article 12) Ministry of Agriculture & Natural
Resources and Ministry of the Interior will be responsible to prepare the regulations
and approval of this law in the cabinet.