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ECJ rules: No logging in Bialowieza


The European Court of Justice has last week ruled that with logging in one of Europe’s last primeval forest, Poland is breaking the law – good news for Europe’s largest herd of bisons and unique bird species. Although a large amount of the forest has already been damaged, Greenpeace, the leader of the protest against logging in the Bialowieza forest, has claimed to be satisfied with the court’s ruling. With their ruling, the ECJ backs the European Commission against the Polish government in their dispute. Claims by the government that the logging was needed to protect the ancient forest from an outbreak of bark beetles were dismissed by the judge.