Ex­pe­ri­enced com­pa­nies to han­dle hunt­ing farms

Azer News - - Miscellaneous - By Naila Huseynli

Hik­mat Al­izade, Head of the de­part­ment for Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion and De­vel­op­ment of Spe­cially Pro­tected Ar­eas un­der the Min­istry of Ecol­ogy and Nat­u­ral said at press con­fer­ence that at present, the Min­istry has 10 hunt­ing farms in dif­fer­ent re­gions of Azer­bai­jan.

“Ma­te­rial and tech­ni­cal equip­ment, the con­di­tion of th­ese farms in terms of ser­vice to hunters do not sat­isfy us. That is why we have fore­seen that, in the near fu­ture, th­ese farms will be used by com­pa­nies with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in this field. The work is be­ing done in this re­gard. Only those com­pa­nies, who have ex­pe­ri­ence in hunt­ing farms and or­ga­niz­ing hunt­ing will be able to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion. We have learned that a large num­ber of com­pa­nies want to deal with it, but the ex­pe­ri­ence has not been suc­cess­ful. We are ready to co­op­er­ate with the com­pa­nies, which have great ex­pe­ri­ences and are will­ing to co­op­er­ate with us, if they offer us busi­ness plans re­lated to the de­vel­op­ment of th­ese farms,” he said.

Al­izade con­cluded that the main pur­poses are to achieve civ­i­lized hunt­ing in Azer­bai­jan, and cre­ate a model of re­la­tion­ships be­tween the hunter and na­ture con­ser­va­tion­ist as in the most de­vel­oped coun­tries of the world.

He went on say­ing that for­eign ci­ti­zens in Azer­bai­jan ap­ply for per­mis­sion to hunt through me­di­a­tion of rel­e­vant com­pa­nies. He noted that com­pa­nies en­gaged in this process must take special obli­ga­tions that for­eign ci­ti­zens fol­low the laws of Azer­bai­jan.

“It is nec­es­sary to de­clare that ear­lier, cases of vi­o­la­tion of the law by for­eign ci­ti­zens were ob­served. There­fore, from this year, cer­tain obli­ga­tions are im­posed to pre­vent il­le­gal hunt­ing for com­pa­nies that or­ga­nizes hunt­ing for for­eign ci­ti­zens”, noted Al­izade.

Di­rec­tor of de­part­ment re­ports that the Min­istry re­ceived many ap­peals in con­nec­tion with hunt­ing. He also men­tioned that this year the hunt­ing sea­son be­gan in May, and it is planned to be com­pleted in late Fe­bru­ary, early March.

Some­times hunters want to in­crease the num­ber of per­mits for hunt­ing, adding that the num­ber of per­mits for hunt­ing is not de­ter­mined by the num­ber of peo­ple wish­ing to hunt, but is es­ti­mated by the state of the pop­u­la­tion of birds and an­i­mals.

For­eign­ers are al­lowed to hunt in the ter­ri­tory of the coun­try if they have hunt­ing per­mis­sion pro­vided by the Min­istry. Hunt­ing tours are ar­ranged by lo­cal tourism com­pa­nies, help­ing for­eign­ers with is­sues con­cern­ing per­mis­sion, trans­port, and equip­ment.

Pop­u­lar hunt­ing re­gions in the coun­try in­clude Shamakhi, Sheki, Oguz, Gakh, Imishli, Gu­bin, and Is­may­illi.

De­spite the fact that hunt­ing is pro­hib­ited in some ar­eas of the coun­try as well as the Caspian Sea is­lands, green zones, pro­tected ar­eas in­clud­ing Na­tional Parks and re­serves, there are some who still vi­o­late th­ese rules.

In or­der to pre­serve fauna of the coun­try raids are be­ing car­ried out by the em­ploy­ees of the De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion and Spe­cially Pro­tected Nat­u­ral Ar­eas of the Min­istry of Ecol­ogy and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, to in­ves­ti­gate the state of com­pli­ance with the Law of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan "On hunt­ing".

Hunt­ing, done with­out proper au­tho­riza­tion or in re­stricted ar­eas, or in the for­bid­den time, or by pro­hib­ited tools and meth­ods, and if this act en­tailed caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age, is pun­ished with a fine in the amount of 2,000 to 3,000 man­ats ($1,185-$1,777).

The il­le­gal catch­ing of a fish or other wa­ter an­i­mals, caus­ing dam­age in the sig­nif­i­cant size [the sum start­ing from 400 man­ats ($235) up to 1,000 man­ats ($587)] is pun­ished by the penalty at a rate from 2,000 ($1,175) up to 3,000 ($1,762) man­ats.

If th­ese acts com­mit­ted by a per­son with use of the ser­vice po­si­tion or on pre­lim­i­nary ar­range­ment by group of per­sons or by or­ga­nized group, it is pun­ished by the penalty at a rate from 1,000 ($587) up to 2,000 man­ats ($1,175), or with im­pris­on­ment for the term from two up to five years with de­pri­va­tion of the right to hold the cer­tain posts or to en­gage in the cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties for the term up to years years.

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