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Poland: Logging begins in Bialowieza forest despite pleas from activists, scientists
Poland has begun a logging project it says will protect the ancient Bialowieza forest, which includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland, despite protests from environmental groups, scientists and the EU.
National forest director Konrad Tomaszewski said the goal was "to stop forest degradation" by combating what the Environment Ministry said was a spruce bark beetle infestation.
But several environmental groups including Greenpeace have taken issue with the Government's rationale, saying the beetle's presence did not pose any threat to the forest's ecosystem.
"The Minister does not understand that this insect is a frequent and natural visitor, that it has always existed and the forest has managed to survive," said Greenpeace Poland activist Katarzyna Jagiello.
Bialowieza, one of the last vestiges of the immense forest that once stretched across Europe, now covers around 150,000 hectares in Poland and Belarus.
It is home to 20,000 animal species, including 250 types of bird and hundreds of European bison, the continent's largest mammal.
In Belarus the entire forest is protected as a nature park, but only part of the Polish section is protected.
Read in full at www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-25/poland-begins-logging-primeval-forest-despite-activist-pleas/7443046
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Indonesia: Birds face extinction due to pet trade, says study
Thirteen species of Indonesian birds, including the country’s symbolic Javan hawk-eagle, are at serious risk of extinction mainly due to the pet trade, a wildlife watchdog warned Wednesday.
The vast Indonesian archipelago is home to a dizzying array of birds and keeping them as pets has long been part of the national culture, with birdcages a common sight outside homes and shops across the country.
However increasing demand for some species as pets has led to dramatic population declines, wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic warned in a new study.
“This is a multi-million-dollar industry, there’s a huge criminal element and many people are profiting illegally from this business,” Chris Shepherd, Traffic’s director for south-east Asia and a co-author of the study, told AFP.
Full story at www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/25/indonesian-birds-face-extinction-due-to-pet-trade-study
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