A year after the floods: call to protect Ukraines forests
It is a year since devastating floods in the western regions of Ukraine. Environmental organizations have called on the Verkhovna Rada to prevent a repetition of the disaster and to impose a moratorium on cutting down forests.
The Forum to Save Kyiv, the Kyiv Environmental and Cultural Centre, the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Community [Ukrainska Hromada] have expressed their concern over the rejection by the parliamentary committee on environmental policy of a draft law imposing a moratorium on the total felling and export of wood, chippings, sawdust etc
According to Volodymyr Boreiko Director of the Kyiv Environmental and Cultural Centre, the floods in the Carpathian Mountains could happen again since the industrial wood felling has already led to irreversible changes in the country’s ecology. This, in his view, jeopardizes the mountain forests of the Crimea and forest areas throughout Ukraine. “We have the least amount of forestation in Europe – around 15 percent, and we therefore believe that this is of major significance for the climate and for the environmental situation”
From a report by Oleksandr Savytsky here: http://dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4521720,00.html