Almost 5,000 hectares of national property, which were occupied for breeding wild animal species, have been retrieved by the Department of Environment following reports that the breeders were violating the terms of their agreements with the DOE.
One of the department’s missions is to take steps to increase the populations of endangered species. To accomplish the task, around 60 permits were issued from 2007 to 2013 for captive breeding programs across lands owned by the government.
“To ensure that natural resources were used for the purpose, the DOE instructed its provincial offices last winter to beef up their monitoring in the designated regions,” said Ali Teymouri, director of the Hunting and Fishing Office at the DOE.
Following the inspections, licensed breeders who had not implemented the plan were given three months to start the program.
Reports filed after the deadline indicated that of the 62 breeding farms, 18 were in operation but no actual breeding effort was undertaken, ISNA reported.
As a result, the DOE took back the lands amounting to 4,844 hectares from breeders who did not comply with the terms of their agreements.
“The farms in operation will be monitored vigilantly and therefore must work within the existing framework and adhere to their commitments,” he said.
Teymouri added that the process of issuing permits for captive breeding has terminated for now, but the department is establishing new guidelines which will be soon communicated to provincial offices.
By Financial Tribune