The public and government’s attention was also focused on combating illegal logging. Ministry of Environment and State Forestry Agency started to elaborate new Sanitary Cuttings Rules. General Prosecutor’s Office reported numerous searches and criminal cases relating to massive illegal logging. 

On August 21 the Ministries of Environment, Economy and Regional Development signed a memorandum to create effective waste management system. German GIZ and EBRD are partners to this initiative. By December 2016 the government expects to develop and adopt a national waste management strategy. In addition, this summer the Government approved licensing conditions for hazardous waste treatment activities.