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Timber mafia and deforestation in Romania

By , , |February 18th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Virgin forests in Central-Eastern Europe are the last remaining ones on the continent, yet they are being mercilessly torn down. Part of this multi-billion euro industry is a mafia-like system that stretches all the way from Romania to Ukraine. Austrian timber companies are right at the heart of it.

Italy says no to the largest protected area in the Mediterranean

By |November 4th, 2019|Tags: , , |

A ban on trawling in reproduction areas brings fish stocks back to healthy levels. However, the Italian government is holding back impact assessments, forcing the European Commission to remove restrictions in the Strait of Otranto from the current Mediterranean plan. 

Białowieza: destructive logging in Polish Primeval Forest

By |April 19th, 2018|Tags: , |

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.

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