European authorities say the logging threatens the continent's last unspoiled woodland, which is included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites
In this file photo taken March 24 , 2017 in the Bialowieza Forest, in Poland, a bison stands near a place where fir trees have been logged. Some 230 writers and artists have written to Poland's President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Beata Szydlo to stop the logging at Europe's last primeval forest that is protected as UNESCO world heritage site. (AP Photo/Adam Bohdan), photo: AP/Adam Bohdan
28 of July 2017 13:29:04
WARSAW – A European court ordered Poland on Friday to immediately stop cutting trees in Europe's last pristine woodland, the Bialowieza Forest.The European Union's Court of Justice said the measure is temporary and is meant to give European authorities time to analyze Poland's position on the matter. Poland has until Aug. 4 to explain its policy to the European Commission, which will then decide whether to seek a permanent ban on the logging.European authorities and environmental groups say the logging threatens the continent's last unspoiled woodland, which is included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. They say the felling of trees, done with the use of heavy equipment, destroys the forest and the habitats of animals and other native species.Poland's Environment Ministry would not comment, saying it had not yet received the court's order.