Polnische Regierung lässt Urwald Białowieża abholzen

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After taking power, the current Polish government approved intensive logging in protected parts of the Forest. The excuse is fighting an outbreak of bark beetle – an argument refuted by Polish and European scientists. [3]

In reality, the wood is being sold for profit.

More than 50,000 trees were already cut down, many of them over a 100 years old. [4]

Just a few weeks ago, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) responded to the EU Commission’s legal complaint and ordered Poland to halt logging to prevent irreversible damage, before the Court issues its final judgement.

But the Polish authorities have ignored all demands to save the Forest, voices of scientists and NGOs, protests, petitions, UNESCO’s demands [5] and even the ECJ’s order, making Poland the first ever EU country to defy a decision of the Court. [6]

As the logging goes on – now illegal under EU law – so does the protest.

The people at the grassroot Camp for the Forest patrol the woods collecting evidence of trees being cut down. They organise road blockades and occupations of the massive harvesting machines – everything to stop the felling of the trees, if only for a day.

[1] ‚My worst nightmares are coming true‘: last major primeval forest in Europe on ‚brink of collapse‘: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/23/worst-nightmare-europes-last-primeval-forest-brink-collapse-logging

[2] Trees more than a hundred years old are being cut down. What you can do to save the Białowieża Forest? http://politicalcritique.org/cee/poland/2017/bialowieza-forest-unesco-logging-take-action/

[3] Polish scientists protest over plan to log in Białowieża Forest https://www.nature.com/news/polish-scientists-protest-over-plan-to-log-in-bia%C5%82owie%C5%BCa-forest-1.19428

[4] 1000s protest logging in Poland’s ancient forest: http://www.news24.com/Green/News/1000s-protest-logging-in-polands-ancient-forest-20170625

Ignoring scientists, Poland begins logging famous primeval forest https://news.mongabay.com/2016/06/ignoring-scientists-poland-begins-logging-famous-primeval-forest/

[5] UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest: https://www.euractiv.com/section/central-europe/news/unesco-urges-poland-to-stop-logging-ancient-forest/

[6] EU court orders Poland to stop logging in Białowieża forest: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/28/eu-court-orders-poland-to-stop-logging-in-bialowieza-forest