Activists block road to logging area in Lapland

By Yle News
Eye on the Arctic
January 30, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A third week of protest action in a forest harvesting dispute in the Aalistunturi area in west-central Lapland began Sunday night when activists blocked a road, causing logging operations to be suspended. The action is being taken by members of the Forest Movement (Metsäliike in Finnish), a forest conservation group that includes activists from Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and the Finnish Nature League. The group said nine Finnish protesters were on the site as of Monday morning, joined by seven activists from the Swedish forest movement Skogsupproret. The Finnish forest management organisation Metsähallitus confirmed that logging was halted Monday. The protesters are demanding that Metsähallitus suspend all logging activities in the area while a proposal for designating Aalistunturi as a protected area is under review.

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