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ElJado Sep 07, 2019 11:26 AM
Hi I would like to know some more informations about Slowakian forestry.There is going on an stealthy illegal cutting down the forest even in the protected landscape area. The ground will be turned after cutting down into the state of meadow, everything cowerd from the state forestry office . Could you tell me please where I could turn me with this infoes ?
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EEA Sep 18, 2019 12:15 PM
Dear Ms. 'ElJado',

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA) and for your concern for preserving our forests.

Unfortunately, the EEA has limited expertise in your topic of interest. The responsibility for dealing with forests located within the European territory, mainly lies with national authorities.

It is nevertheless important to mention that the EU has a strong nature protection legislation that revolves around the Natura 2000 network – 26 000 protected sites that make up one fifth of the EU's land area. It is the largest such network in the world, and it offers vital protection for Europe’s most endangered species and habitats. The management of the Natura 2000 protected sites are closely regulated, please see: https://ec.europa.eu/[…]/index_en.htm. General information on Natura 2000 is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/[…]/index_en.htm and https://ec.europa.eu/[…]/index_en.htm.

Should you feel that there is an irregularity or infringement to this legislation or its national implementation, the European Commission or national authorities have the mandate to investigate the issue further. You may contact the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission directly http://ec.europa.eu/environment/contact/form_en.htm, or register a complaint at http://ec.europa.eu/[…]/complaints_en.htm. See also http://ec.europa.eu/environment/legal/law/complaints.htm.

Note that there also exists other protected zones, aside the Natura 2000 zones, such as the ones regulated through the RAMSAR convention. Please see: https://www.ramsar.org/about-the-ramsar-convention.

For your information, the EU has several measures in place to protect and restore the worlds’ forests as well as fight illegal logging but it is mainly related to territories outside the European Union:

- The EU recently adopted its ‘Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the Worlds’ Forests’, which is available at https://eur-lex.europa.eu/[…]/DOC_1&format=PDF. This document states the importance to preserving forests and to deal with the danger that deforestation and forest degradation represent. It presents 5 priorities and key actions recommended at all governance levels.

- Since 2003, measures have been introduced under the EU FLEGT (EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Action Plan) to fight illegal logging and associated trade. You will find further information on FLEGT at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/[…]/illegal_logging.htm. The Timber Regulation, as one of its central components, obliges operators who place timber and timber products to minimise risk of importing illegally harvested timber. Please see: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/[…]/?uri=CELEX:32010R0995&from=EN.

- For further information on EU forests and forest-related policies, you are welcome to contact the DG Environment Unit on ‘Multilateral Environmental Cooperation’ at ENV-DEFORESTATION@ec.europa.eu.

We hope that this information may be useful for you.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service
 
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