MEP Stefanuta: We can't allow Natura 2000 site to see massive forestry exploitations

MEP Nicu Stefanuta (USR PLUS) emphasized, on Monday, that "massive" forestry exploitations cannot take place in a Natura 2000 site, mentioning that he is working on a definition of the system of strictly protected areas that would forbid the wood processing industry to be active in these areas. The statements come in the context of the European Day of Parks and after the NGO Agent Green protested in Valea Cerbului of the Bucegi Natural Park in order to draw attention to the "massive" forestry exploitations in this protected area. "This morning, the NGO for environment protection Agent Green and its supporters have protested right next to the trucks hurrying to leave loaded with wood from Valea Cerbului, where the Natural Reservation Abruptul Prahovean is - the largest expanse in the Bucegi Natural Park. We cannot allow massive forestry exploitations to take place in a Natura 2000 site (Sitecode: ROSCI0013). We cannot allow a Natura 2000 site to see the departure of 5000 cubic meters of wood mass. That is to not even mention the fact that such exploitations are illegal during the vegetation season, and they can be resumed only from the autumn. What is really happening in Valea Cerbului? I am grateful for what they do and I support them from the European Parliament, where I am working on a more strict definition of the system of strictly protected areas that would forbid the wood exploitation industry and those practicing extraction activities in this area," wrote the MEP on Facebook. He added that, as a shadow rapporteur for the EU forestry strategy, as well as to stop and reverse clearings, he desires the concrete delimitation of virgin forest areas. "This massacre in Bucegi cannot go on! It's a crime against nature, against our oxygen! Moreover today, when we celebrate the European Day for National Parks," Nicu Stefanuta mentioned. AGERPRES (RO - author: Irinela Visan, editor: Claudia Stanescu; EN - author: Razvan-Adrian Pandea, editor: Simona Iacob)

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