EU court orders Poland to suspend logging in ancient forest

Poland's right-wing government says it authorized logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, but the EU has
Poland's right-wing government says it authorized logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, but the EU has ordered logging activity to be suspended as scientists allege the logging is a cover for commercial activity

The European Union's top court has ordered Poland's right-wing government to suspend logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest pending a final judgement, a spokesman said Friday.

Bialowieza, straddling Poland's eastern border with Belarus, includes one of the largest surviving parts of the primeval that covered the European plain 10,000 years ago.

The UNESCO World Heritage site also boasts unique plant and animal life, including the continent's largest mammal, the European bison.

"We issued a decree yesterday ordering the immediate halt to the forest's exploitation," an EU Court of Justice spokesman told AFP on Friday.

He added the order was "temporary" pending a final court ruling in the case, which could take months, possibly years.

The was acting on a July 13 request by the European Commission, the 28-nation EU executive, for "interim measures" to stop large-scale in "one of Europe's last remaining primevel forests."

The Polish government has said it authorised the logging, which began in May last year, to contain damage caused by a spruce bark beetle infestation and to fight the risk of forest fires.

But scientists, ecologists and the European Union have protested and activists allege the logging is a cover for commercial cutting of protected old-growth forests.


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Jul 29, 2017
You would have thought that the EU would have paid anything to have that forest preserve available for the future. Anything at all. It survived two world wars only to fall to a union of greed.

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