European Parliament Environment Committee call for moratorium on logging of old growth/primary forests
The temporary moratorium lays a clear path to effective protection, and should deter destruction or degradation of these forests in advance of any legislation.
It forms a key element in a package of suggestions launched by the Committee on 28th May for a Biodiversity Law they propose by 2022, backed with legally binding targets for 2030.
Other proposals include revision of rules for EU bioenergy production, currently enabling subsidy of commercial scale forest biomass burning despite this worsening climate change, to align with objectives of the EU Biodiversity Strategy and Climate Law.
The text will be voted in plenary on 7th June.