Poland Ordered to Cease Deforestation of UNESCO-Protected Forest; Ada Carr; The Weather Channel

Poland – Białowieża Forest

Conservationists describe the forest as having exceptional conservational significance.

At a Glance

  • Poland has been ordered to cease its current active management operations of the Białowieża forest.
  • The forest is a World Heritage Site protected by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • The country must adopt the court’s rulings or face fines of more than $118,000 per day

A ruling from the European court of justice has ordered Poland to immediately end its deforestation of a World Heritage List woodland or pay a hefty price.

A Nov. 20 press release from the European government stated Polish officials are to cease the current management operations of the Białowieża forest. The court has stated Poland’s current operations are harmful to the woodland, and if the court’s rulings aren’t adopted, the country faces fines of more than $118,000 per day.

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