29 February 2024,   12:50
National Environmental Agency invalidated a hunting license in Racha

The National Environmental Agency [NEA] invalidated a 49-year hunting license for 104,712 hectares of Racha forest granted to the company HG Capra Caucasica LLC.

The order of March 23, 2022 N38/s on the issuance of a special license has been declared null and void, accordingly, the special hunting license (No. 000019) issued on the basis of the said order has been revoked.

The NEA had instructed HG Capra Caucasica LLC to submit a report on the hunting farm’s impact on the Emerald Network and the Management Plan by March 25. The company failed to comply, leading the Department of Environmental Supervision to initiate administrative offense proceedings in May. On July 24, the Ambrolauri court terminated the case. The Department appealed this decision to the Kutaisi Court of Appeal on July 27.

“As part of the license revocation process, the agency investigated the facts and held an oral hearing with the participation of interested parties, where the parties were given the opportunity to present their opinions and arguments regarding the fulfillment of license obligations. As a result of these discussions, the NEA made a decision to revoke the hunting license in Racha.