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Illegal firewood seized in North Batinah

6 Mar 2021

The Environment Authority, with the Royal Oman Police, has thwarted an attempt to smuggle a consignment of firewood in North Batinah governorate. 

The Environment Authority said, ‘The authority, in cooperation with the Royal Oman Police, foiled an attempt to smuggle a consignment of firewood from the Port of Sohar in North Batinah governorate. The act is in contravention of the regulations governing logging and charcoal operations issued by Resolution No 65/2017. Legal procedures have been initiated against the violators.’ 

Laws of the sultanate prohibit illegal cutting of trees.  

According to Article 2 of the law, it is forbidden to export firewood and charcoal. Anyone who violates this will be fined no less than RO200 and not more than RO1,000.The fine is doubled if the violation is repeated.  

The law also prohibits logging activities or burning wood without permission from the Environment Authority.  

People who violate this will be fined not less than RO50 and not exceeding RO500. The fine is doubled when the violation is repeated. 

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