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Drastic intervention in the protection of forests. Ex-ministers see the felling for lykozrút as a return to the past

Drastic intervention in the protection of forests.  Ex-ministers see the felling for lykozrút as a return to the past

Cutting down all the trees attacked by the lycophagus would mean a drastic intervention in the protection of forests. Ex-Minister of the Environment Ján Budaj thinks so. His predecessor László Sólymos talks about returning to the past. According to the former head of the environmental department László Miklós, professional interests in the case of protected areas should not be overridden by political or development interests.

Budaj pointed out that cutting down all the trees attacked by the lyco-eater would mean a drastic intervention in the protection of forests and rare habitats. According to him, Slovakia would lose non-intervention territories. “That would be the exact opposite of the policy that is needed. Natural, untouched areas of forests can be the only effective tool to slow down the growing desertification of the territory in our country, as a result of which municipalities are losing water sources, river flows are decreasing and stands are drying up, especially spruce,” he concluded. Build.


According to Budaj, the Department of the Environment can rely on the research of experts who speak in favor of the preservation and expansion of non-intervention areas. At the same time, he reminded that the Slovak Republic is being watched on the ground of the European Union due to its long-term prioritization of wood extraction over forest protection. “The solution is to reduce interventions, especially logging, in protected areas and not the other way around,” he noted.

According to Sólymos, it is a return to the past. He considered the topic closed in 2019, when they enforced the amendment to the Act on Nature Protection. “I fear that the announced fellings in strictly protected areas will have fatal impacts on biodiversity in the given locations. A conservative forester sees a forest as the number of trees,” he said.

According to Sólymos, the Minister of the Environment must perceive the entire context, including impacts on protected animals, nesting and the water cycle in the country. This is also threatened by mining, especially if heavy mining machinery enters the forest, he pointed out. “We have to accept that we have forests at the highest level of protection. So there is a consensus that we want to protect them. However, this means letting nature develop in its natural way, and foresters also gain valuable knowledge for their practice by observing self-development,” he said. Sólymos.


“I am quite certainly on the side that the professional interests – of one or the other – in the case of protected areas are not overwhelmed by political, development, economic and usurpation interests,” said Miklós.

He reminded that different categories of forests are distinguished and different management regimes are established in them, including interventions and logging. For example, in commercial forests, the main goal is the production of high-quality wood for commercial use, where human intervention is necessary.

If a strict non-intervention protection regime is declared somewhere, it must be followed, Miklós noted. He added that these territories were declared precisely for the preservation of natural development, including the occurrence of any pests or naturally occurring fire, climate change and other calamities. “Nature will gradually deal with it, and even in places where man intervened before, in the case of the Tatra National Park in the form of planting monoculture spruce stands, natural development, natural and ecologically stable ecosystems will take place after the calamities,” he pointed out.

TASR also turned to the former ministers of the environment, Petr Žiga and József Nagy, in connection with the lykozrút disaster, who did not answer the questions.

The current head of the environmental department, Tomáš Taraba, announced active interventions against the bark beetle disaster after conservationists criticized mining in the Tatra Kôprova dolina. At the same time, the District Office in Brezno declared an emergency situation in the area of ​​Horehronie in connection with the leek-eating calamity.

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