Uzbekistan’s Rare Ancient Trees Cut Down Illegally Once Again


Illegal tree felling has been reported in Uzbekistan again, with one of the country’s rare and ancient types of tree — the “Chinar,” also known as an Old Sycamore or Oriental Plane (platanus orientalis) — falling victim. Six of these trees were cut down without a permit.

This particular incident occurred in the Andijan region, as reported by the press service of the regional department of ecology.

The prosecutor’s office has already initiated a criminal case under the relevant articles of Uzbekistan’s criminal code. The incident occurred despite the fact that the country has had a moratorium in place on cutting down valuable species of trees and shrubs since 2019. However, developers persistently ignore the laws.