Target: Jan Szyszko, Polish Minister of the Environment
Goal: Reverse rules which allow logging in protected old growth forests, including a UNESCO natural world heritage site.
Last year, Poland revised its forest management plan to allow for a threefold increase in logging activity, including logging in old growth forests which had previously been off limits. Now the European Union, conservationists and scientists fear that this devastating plan is pushing the primeval Białowieża Forest, a UNESCO natural world heritage site, to the “brink of collapse.” The forest, which spans the northeastern border of Poland and Belarus, is believed to be thousands of years old and represents the last remnant of the great untouched forests which once spanned across Europe prior to agriculture and other human activities. It has been described by some as Europe’s “Yellowstone.”