Paulina Hennig-Kloska issued a decision to suspend or limit forest clearing in 10 locations – mainly the most naturally valuable forests. This is an emergency measure. The idea is to stop cutting immediately. System solutions will be provided after consultations with foresters, ecologists and local governments.
The State Forests had the idea to leave empty fields instead of beautiful forests in many places in Poland. However, the new climate minister announced that some of these plans will be suspended. – Enough of this, it’s time to move sawfish out of some Polish forests – emphasizes Paulina Hennig-Kloska, Minister of Climate and Environment from Poland 2050-Third Way.
To begin with, the ministry announces that it will suspend and limit the cuts in ten places. – It is a symbolic and only symbolic decision, because there are simply many more such places in Poland – says Marta Jagusztyn from the “Forests and Citizens” Initiative. – This is the first step and only as a first step can we evaluate it. This must be followed by further steps – adds Marek Józefiak from Greenpeace Polska.
Paulina Hennig-Kloska explains that this is an emergency decision, but she also promises systemic changes and in the future up to 20 percent of forest areas where logging will be prohibited. – We still pursue this goal. We will want to achieve this goal, but all this will happen in systemic, consulted solutions. (…) We will apply the principle of “nothing about us without us” here in the ministry, says Paulina Hennig-Kloska.
We hear from naturalists and non-governmental organizations that time is of the essence, because the map of cuts planned for 2024 is mostly still valid. – Naturally valuable, climatically valuable, socially valuable places and the State Forests are planning to cut down these places. and there are a lot of them – warns Marta Jagusztyn.
Years of logging
The last eight years have been record-breaking in terms of logging. – Even some foresters said in conversations that they had neither seen nor expected anything like this before – says Professor Jerzy Szwagrzyk from the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Agriculture in Krakow.
Massive protests against logging began during the times of Minister Szyszko and plans for logging in the Białowieża Forest. Demonstrations and blockades didn’t change much. The PiS government consistently implemented the new forest policy – which everyone became more and more aware of in the following years. Everything and everywhere was under attack. Even old and extremely valuable trees.
Without forests, the lives of our children and grandchildren would be extremely difficult. Forest areas related to the Carpathian Forest and the socially planned Turnicki National Park are also on the list to urgently stop logging. The cuts in 2024 alone were to reach 67,000 cubic meters. This would mean that six trucks of freshly fallen trees would leave this forest every day. The Minister of Climate says that he is in favor of establishing the Turnicki National Park, but there are no specifics or decisions on this matter.
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