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RESOLUTION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

of August 23, 2019 No. PP-4424

About additional measures for increase in efficiency of forest utilization in the republic

(as amended on 21-01-2021)

According to the Presidential decree of the Republic of Uzbekistan of May 11, 2017 No. UP-5041 "About Creation of the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Forestry" and the resolution of May 11, 2017 No. PP-2966 "About the organization of activities of the State committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for forestry" in the republic is carried out number of organizational and practical works on protection, increase, rational use of forest fund.

In particular, against drought and desertification, and also erosion are created the woods at Ploshchad 582, of one thousand hectares, including on the dried day of the Aral Sea - more 507,2 of one thousand hectares. More than 1 436,4 of ton of seeds of different types of trees and bushes, 108,8 of one million pieces of saplings and seedling are prepared, on the area of 2 786 hectares nurseries and nurseries are organized.

The quantity of types of the tame grown-up officinal and fodder plants is brought to 61 types, on plantations of herbs of 3 thousand hectares more 4,5 of one thousand tons of raw materials of officinal and fodder plants is prepared, more 2,2 of one thousand tons of raw materials is delivered.

As a result of the carried-out work income of forestry gained due to economic activity increased in time 3,7 in comparison with 2016, is brought in 2018 to 133 billion sum.

At the same time the accumulated experience and the analysis of the work which is carried out for last years, the revealed new problems and shortcomings of industry show need of raising on the new activity level in this direction.

For the purpose of increase in efficiency of use of lands in forest fund of the Republic, stimulation of attraction of private equity in industry, the most effective organization of activities of the State committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for forestry and the organizations entering its system, and also accomplishment of the tasks established in the Strategy of actions in five priority directions of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017 - 2021:

1. Take into consideration that the Presidential decree of the Republic of Uzbekistan of June 17, 2019 to No. UP-5742 "About Measures for Effective Use of Land and Water Resources in Agricultural Industry" resolves transfer of lands of forest fund to citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan and to agricultural enterprises on the basis of the investment agreement or public-private partnership for a period of up to 50 years.

2. Provide, since January 1, 2020, to the State committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on forestry (further - the State committee on forestry) the following rights:

a) by fund of development of forestry of the State committee on forestry (further - Fund) on the basis of the project:

creations of new protective afforestations on undeveloped lands of forest fund, care of them within at least one year and construction of facilities of infrastructure;

sales to legal entities and physical persons of the right to lease of the lands which are not covered with the wood of forest fund by the biddings held in the form of advance in price with establishment at the same time of the size of initial payment in the amount of at least expenses of Fund;

coverings of the other expenses connected with sale of the right to lease of lands of forest fund;

b) transfers to lease of lands of forest fund to legal entities and physical persons on the basis of the investment agreement or public-private partnership;

c) transfers in the income of Fund of the means arriving from transfer to lease of lands of forest fund in full.

3. To the state committee on forestry together with the interested ministries and departments in two-month time to introduce drafts to the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan:

Regulations on procedure for transfer to lease of lands of forest fund;

Concepts of development of forestry in the Republic of Uzbekistan till 2030.

4. Determine that in case of issue to legal entities and physical persons of permissions to carrying out the installation and construction works and reconstruction (connected with use of the wood for needs of lesookhotnichy, hunting and (or) fish farms, лимонариев and greenhouses in the research, cultural and educational, educational, improving, recreational and esthetic purposes, and also for the purpose of development of ecological tourism) the agreements signed with the state forestry are accepted as the document confirming the rights of the forest user or the lessee to the parcel of land.

5. Agree with offers of the State committee on forestry, and also the State committee on ecology and environmental protection on provision, since January 1, 2020, to officials of bodies of forestry of powers on creation of the protocols on administrative offense on offenses made on the lands of forest fund connected with violation of requirements for use and forest conservation, and also consideration on their basis of cases on administrative offenses (except for cases which consideration is included into competence of the courts).

To the state committee on forestry in two-month time according to this Item to introduce to the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan the bill on introduction of corresponding changes and amendments in the Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan about the administrative responsibility by determination of the specific list of officials, representatives to consider cases on administrative offenses, and also the administrative offenses considered by them.

6. Take into consideration that according to Article 88 of the Land code of the Republic of Uzbekistan the means arriving according to the procedure of compensation of losses of forestry and landscape production are considered separately and are used for creation and recovery of the woods and lesoplodovy plantings, afforestation of sands, coastal strips of reservoirs and the rivers, and also implementation of other actions directed to improvement of condition of forest grounds.

Determine that since January 1, 2020 the means arriving according to the procedure of compensation of losses of forestry and landscape production and the receipts left at the disposal of the relevant organizations at the expense of quotas for use of plant and animal life on lands of forest fund are listed in the income of Fund.

7. Ceased to be valid according to the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan of 06.10.2020 No. PP-4850

8. Ceased to be valid according to the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan of 06.10.2020 No. PP-4850

9. Agree with the offer of the State committee on forestry, the Ministries of investments and foreign trade and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan about attraction of financial resources of soft credit of the international financial institutions for financing of investment projects on development of industry of forestry.

Determine that the borrowing facilities raised on the basis of this Item are subject to return for the income account, received from implementation of the corresponding project.

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