Saudi Arabia to impose $16,666 as fines for violating logging rules

The law deals with the protection of vegetation, forests and rangelands and regulating their use

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Aerial view of cityscape at night, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Aerial view of cityscape at night, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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RIYADH — The Special Forces for Environmental Security have warned against violating the Forest and Rangeland Law and its executive regulations, which prohibit logging, as well as the instructions that prohibit the sale or transportation of local firewood.

The law deals with the protection of vegetation, forests and rangelands and regulating their use.

The Special Forces for Environmental Security and the related security agencies will apply the stipulated penalties against anyone who trades in local firewood or charcoal or transporting them with a fine ranging between SR10,000 and SR50,000 per ton, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Forces follow up the activities of marketing, selling or transporting local firewood, as well as, compliance to the regulations that were published in this regard through various media outlets and platforms, and taking legal measures against violators of environmental regulations.

This is out of keenness to ensure a healthy and vibrant society, and to enhance the quality of life in the Kingdom.

The Special Forces called upon citizens and expatriates to adhere to regulations with regard to preserving the nation’s capabilities, protection of environment, and beware of logging due to the damage it poses to vegetation cover and natural resources, rangelands, forests and parks, as well as tree extinction and the increase in desertification.

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