Logging in Poland: What went wrong in Białowieza forest

20 April 2018 – Gazeta Wyborcza (Warsaw)

In 2017, the Polish government authorized the cutting of between 160,000 and 180,000 trees in the Białowieza Primeval Forest. A measure which the European Court of Justice considers an infringement of the EU’s Habitat Directive, requiring member states to take appropriate conservation measures for special areas.

Tree-felling in the area of the Białowieza forest had not been seen on this scale since 1988. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Białowieza natural area represents a unique habitat for plants and animals. Today, many fragments of this beautiful forest are gone and natural renewal will not be seen here for very long.

On April 17, 2018, the European Court of Justice ruled that "the forest management operations concerning the Puszcza Białowieska

Natura 2000 site that have been undertaken by Poland infringe EU law", and that "the implementation of those operations in fact results in the loss of a part of that site".

EdjNet partner BiQData retraces the steps that brought about the destruction of significant plots of the forest: read the full story here .

This article is published in association with the European Data Journalism Network.

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