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Win for Environment as Ministry Bans Clear Cutting in Protected Forests

A ministerial order has clarified the implementation of the August 4 decree relaxing logging regulations that has provoked protests from environmental groups, reports Telex.

Referring to the furor around the decree, Agriculture Minister István Nagy wrote on Facebook that a ministerial order refuted “false rumors appearing in the press,” although the Minister does not explain why “clarifying” rules are necessary if assumptions based on the interpretation of the government decree were false.

The order stipulates that the government decree faciliating the harvesting of timber in state-owned forests does not permit clear-cutting in Natura 2000 or other protected forests where indiginous species live.

In addition, the order states that the increased demand for firewood must be met primarily by harvesting acacia trees, and that relaxed environmental protection regulations will only apply if the demand for firewood cannot be met any other way. [Magyar Narancs]

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