In Uzbekistan, the fine for cutting down trees has increased fivefold

    Environment 4 March 2024 1519

    According to the Law "On Amendments and Additions to certain legislative acts of the Republic of Uzbekistan", responsibility for cutting down or damaging trees has been tightened.

    Thus, amendments were made to Article 79 of the Administrative Code, according to which for illegal felling, uprooting, damage, destruction or transplantation of trees, shrubs and other plants, citizens are threatened with fines from 25 to 50 BRV - from 8 million 500 thousand to 17 million soums (previously from 5 to 10 BRV), and for officials from 50 to 75 BRV - from 17 million to 25 million 500 thousand soums (previously from 10 to 15 BRV).

    If a similar offense is repeated within a year after the application of an administrative penalty, the objects that became the instrument of the offense will be confiscated, and citizens will be fined in the amount of 50 to 75 BRV - from 17 million to 25 million 500 thousand soums (previously from 10 to 15 BRV), and officials from 75 to 100 BRV - from 25 million 500 thousand to 34 million soums (previously from 20 to 30 BRV) or administrative arrest for up to 15 days will be applied.

    In addition, Article 79 of the AK was supplemented by part four, according to which responsibility for the development by officials of project documentation leading to felling, felling, damage or destruction of valuable species of trees and shrubs entails the imposition of a fine from 50 to 75 BRV - from 17 million to 25 million 500 thousand soums.

    Articles 49 (1) and 49 (2) of the Law "On the Protection and Use of Flora" have also been added, according to which financial sanctions in the form of fines in the amount of 100 to 300 BGN will be applied to legal entities for illegal felling and destruction of valuable varieties of trees and shrubs not included in the state forest fund (from 34 to 102 million soums).

    The law came into force on March 1, 2024.