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  • Court of Justice of the European Union: logging in the Białowieża Forest is illegal – final verdict

    Court of Justice, the most important court of the European Union, issued today a sentence on the Białowieża Forest case. It states that intensified logging, ordered by Jan Szyszko, (Polish Minister of Environment until December 2017) is against the European law. The sentence is in force from the moment of its announcement, The Minister of [&helli...

  • Logging of the Białowieża Forest assessed unlawful by CJEU Advocate General

    According to Advocate General Bot, the forestry management decisions taken by Poland concerning the Natura 2000 Puszcza Białowieska site infringe EU law. In March 2016, minister Szyszko increased the logging in the Białowieża Forest District. The following year, the director of the State Forests, Tomaszewski, signed a decision allowing for unlim...

  • Activists found innocent by the court in Hajnówka

    The first victory in court! The court in Hajnówka passed a judgement today acquitting the activists who, on 8 June last year, blocked heavy equipment – a harvester and a forwarder – used for felling the Forest. It was decided that the defendants acted in a “state of need”. A few weeks ago, the very […]...

  • Minister of environment called off from his post

    Jan Szyszko has been called off from the position of Minister of Environment Jan Szyszko will justly go down in history as the biggest pest destroying Polish nature, though his deeds have also been detrimentally tragic to people. He has managed to annihilate huge areas of the Białowieża Forest (thus instigating a conflict with European […]...

  • March for the Forest

    On the 30th of December we marched for the Forest – about 250 people from the region, as well as from other places in Poland and abroad. We broke the ban of access to the Forest and watched the destruction caused by mass logging. Thus, we could express our disagreement with the current situation in […]...

  • Logging goes on as before. We will march for the Forest on Dec. 30th.

    As you already know, no harvesters are at work here anymore, yet, the teams of lumberjacks and other forest workers keep felling the trees. The logging is usually carried out in places with ban on access. With the newly imposed ban on access to Hajnówka Forest District, with the law being broken and our heritage […]...

  • Hajnówka Forest District closed for public access

    On December 22., Hajnowka Forest District closed itself for public access. Not only was there no reasonable explanation of this decision, but also it was issued just before the Christmas holidays, which proved harmful for local tourist industry. The person behind this decision is the head of this forest district, Grzegorz Bielecki – responsible f...

  • Extremely high logging in 2017

    Last equally intensive logging took place in the Białowieża Forest 29 years ago, during communist times. Meanwhile, local forest districts keep working on new annexes to the Forest Management Plan. The data obtained from the local forest districts and analysed by Wild Poland Foundation and Camp for the Forest show that this year – till [&hellip...

  • Highest EU Court hears Bialowieza illegal logging case, probably for the last time

    The hearing that took place today at the European Court of Justice should finally decide whether Polish environment minister Jan Szyszko broke the law when he allowed increased logging in Białowieża Forest. The Advocate General will issue his opinion on 20 February 2018, and we expect the CJEU’s final judgment shortly after that – possibly [&...

  • Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest

    On the 21st of November 2017 the European Court of Justice ordered Poland to show it was acting lawfully in the ancient Bialowieza Forest. Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in the Unesco-protected site, otherwise our country can be fined with 100,000 euro per each day of illegal logging. The court was acting […]...