Trees still cut down in Salihorsk forest park

2013 2013-01-12T23:49:30+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The defenders of the Salihorsk forest park have received another defeat in the struggle for a healthy environment.

The local builders cut down the remaining part of the Salihorsk forest park in the green triangle between Zaslonau and Kazlou Streets on permission of the authorities.

Bear in mind that in the end of 2012 about two hectares of first-rate forest was felled in Liasnaya Street, in the area of the water protection zone. The New Year began with the felling of trees in the remaining part of the forest park.

"The authorities have a long-standing habit to make ugly things on holidays. They either devalue the ruble, or cut down trees while people are celebrating Christmas or the New Year," says the activist of the "Let's protect the forest" campaign Uladzimir Shyla. We managed to defend these trees, as well as the forest park in Liasnaya Street, last year, but the authorities have taken the decision to continue the elimination of the forest.

The activist thinks that the action of wider social circles is vital for a successful protection of the forest, whereas very few activists are dealing with this problem now.