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Poland implements restrictions on logging in 10 valuable forest areas

In a move toward environmental conservation, Poland's Ministry of Climate and Environment has announced measures to limit logging activities slated for 2024 in some of the country's most significant forests. This initiative signifies the government's commitment to safeguarding natural habitats and ecosystems.

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During a press conference held on January 8, 2024, in Warsaw, Minister Paulina Hennig-Kloska highlighted the planned restrictions, protecting Poland's forests. The decision comes as part of the government's dedication to fulfil obligations to the European Union's environmental directives and the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy.

The ten targeted areas where logging restrictions will be imposed include:

1. Bieszczady
2. Borecka Forest
3. Świętokrzyska Forest
4. Augustowska Forest
5. Knyszyńska Forest
6. Carpathian Forest
7. Romincka Forest
8. Trójmiejski Landscape Park
9. Iwonicz-Zdrój
10. Forests around Wrocław

The reason behind these restrictions revolves around several key factors, as stated by the Ministry of Climate and Environment. These encompass the preservation of invaluable woodlands, the sustained use of forests by heavily populated regions and resort areas, and the recognition of shortages within forest districts.

Minister Hennig-Kloska emphasised the need to curtail logging in the most precious segments of forests, particularly old-growth areas spanning 100-200 years. Some of these regions possess historical and cultural significance, such as the Augustowskie Forest, essential for continuing beekeeping and representing intangible human heritage.

Despite the limitations, Deputy Minister Mikołaj Dorożała clarified that the reduction in planned logging for 2024 would not surpass 20-30%. This decrease aligns with various needs, including natural, legal, economic, and notably social aspects. These adjustments remain acceptable within contracts with logging contractors.


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