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Poland orders logging halt in 10 ancient forest areas

(from Reuters): The Polish government ordered a state-run company that manages more than 7 million hectares of the country's forests to curtail logging in 10 areas, delivering on a campaign promise following elections last October.
"We have decided to stop logging in the most valuable forest areas. It's time to get saws out of the Polish forests," Climate Minister Paulina Hennig-Kloska told a news briefing on Monday. Hennig-Kloska said the ministry's decision, to be in place for six months, is a first step before a systemic solution that will further limit logging in such woodlands.
According to public opinion polls, 75% of Poles believe that logging should be reduced. Last month, more than 100 environmental groups called for a moratorium on logging in the oldest and most precious forests. The measures concern 10 locations, including the Carpathian Forest in the southeastern corner of Poland as well as Augustow and Knyszyn Forest in the northeast. A total of 1.5% of the woodlands managed by state forests will be affected, the minister said. Hennig-Kloska said the ministry supports increasing acreage of existing national parks and creating new ones, including in the Carpathian Forest.

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  • Princess

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    This is a positive step towards preserving biodiversity and protecting these crucial ecosystems.

    • Kevin

      13 w

      This is great news

      • George Kariuki

        13 w

        A truly effective policy should protect all old-growth forests, regardless of their location or size.

        • walter lungayi

          13 w

          This is a positive step towards preserving ancient forests and protecting the environment.

          • Joseph Githinji

            13 w

            This are great news, logging is a danger to our forests and must be stopped.

            • Markus Lutteman

              13 w

              Great news!

              • CHRIS NGATIA

                13 w

                The forests needs protection from illegal logging

                • Rotich Kim

                  13 w

                  Our forest is our source of oxygen and it brings biodiversity hence the government should protect it with all means ✍️

                  • johnte ndeto

                    13 w

                    Our forests should be protected from unscrupulous logging

                    • Richard S

                      13 w

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