The number of illegal tree felling cases tracked down by the authorities in 2015 has increased from 62 a day in the period 2013 – 2014 to 96 in 2015 thanks to the authorities’ enhanced efficiency in identifying and documenting such crimes, but also because of the higher scale of the phenomenon, says Greenpeace Romania in a new report released on Thursday.
“The damage caused to Romania’s environment by the uncontrolled exploitation of forests has two components: illegal wood cutting, and non-compliance with technical exploitation regulations. In many cases, even when the exploitation is legal, duly approved, the organization of the site is disastrous. Both forest management and control bodies need to enforce respect for the law and sanction any misconduct,” said Valentin Salageanu, Greenpeace Romania campaign coordinator.
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