Minister: Forest laws and practices during nesting season should be smarter | New
The period in question runs from mid-April to mid-June, identified as the peak breeding and nesting season for most bird species of concern, with regard to the logging of the Forestry Commission. State (RMK). However, the interface between the law, conservation considerations and private forest owners is currently too rigid, argues the minister.
Mölder sent a letter to the Environment Council (Keskonnaamet) in which he stated that: “The identification of disturbances in the spring and the limitation of activities should be carried out on a case-by-case basis, and on the basis of the principles of reasonable and proportionality, in order to ensure that all legislative aspects are respected, as well as those of the Birds Directive.
The latter is an EU directive adopted in 2009 which aims to protect wild birds and their habitats. These guidelines must be implemented by national legislation, which in the case of Estonia is covered by the Nature Conservation Act (LKS).
“The implementation of the LKS regulation mainly focuses on disturbances that have a significant impact on obtaining a favorable situation for our birds,” continued Mölder.
“Neither the LKS nor any other regulations have been amended, so the change in the practice of inspections is simply disproportionate, in the absence of conditions set for the approval of forestry notifications, and has not allowed sufficient time to forest sectors and adapt. “
Timber industry leaders have complained that logging in Estonian forests has been unnecessarily hampered by environmentalists.
The problems that have already led to the stopping of timber work must remain suspended until June 15.
Mölder also noted that the legislation can be interpreted in different ways, while amending the Nature Conservation Act to focus it more on the issue of the implementation of spring-summer logging in protected areas would be. viable, he said.
“It is important to put more emphasis on information activities, as well as on supervision,” noted Mölder.
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