The WWF Published Footage of the Grandiose Ukrainization of the Carpathian Forest

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Defenders of nature showed about 50 hectares of chopped-down forestry in Transcarpathia. This was reported by “Obozrevatel” with reference to the information of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Ukraine.

“13 more hectares started to be cut here despite the ‘period of silence’. An investigation is now being carried out,” it is said on the page of the WWF on Facebook.

It is noted that the footage was filmed during an expedition to the Ust-Chernyansky forest area (Mokryansky conservation area) together with representatives of the State environmental inspector and journalists.

Defenders of nature reported that forest-cutting tickets were written out for more than 20 sites, each of which is less than 1 hectare. This raised suspicion about the possibility of a violation of the law “On environmental impact assessment”.

According to this law, the holding of public hearings is obligatory for deforestation on a territory that is more than 1 hectare. That’s why experts filed a claim in the State environmental inspector about the need to carry out an urgent check in this territory.

“When we finally managed to come to the area, we were shocked by the scale of the constant deforestation. Also, despite the ‘period of silence’, from 7:00 till 12:00, unknown persons cut down about 100 trees. Having selectively examined the stumps of freshly felled trees, we found out that the percentage of ill trees can be much less than is specified in the documentation,” said Dmitry Karabchuk, the coordinator of the project of the WWF in Ukraine “Forest Guards”.

“A Crime Against Their Own Land”: Footage of the Consequences of Deforestation in the Carpathians

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