Energy crisis sees logging rules loosen in Hungary as protestors march in opposition

By Jill Pole
Reuters in Euronews
August 19, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Around a thousand Hungarians protested outside parliament for the second time in less than a week against an easing of logging rules to meet increased demand for firewood as a result of surging gas and electricity prices. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s cabinet, citing the effects of the war in neighbouring Ukraine, loosened regulations on logging earlier this month. It is a move activists and opposition parties say could accelerate deforestation and harm the environment. After last week’s protest and after the WWF collected over 100,000 signatures in an online petition to reverse what it called a decree on “forest destruction,” the Cabinet walked back some of the changes, exempting nature reserves from the regulations. …”This is our common future. We all feel the effects of the climate change on our skins and cutting down trees will only make it worse,” said protester Fanni Fodor.

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