Save the forests of Transylvania!

  • by: Paul White
  • recipient: Holzindustrie Schweighofer

Update: June 15th 2013 - No Environmental Impacts Assessment! I have recently been informed that no Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) have been performed or published before local authorities in Covasna county granted planning permission for the construction of the Holzindustrie Schweighofer wood processing plant in Reci! So the 'green light' has been given to this Austrian company to process 800.000 cbm of logs annually before knowing how this project will impact on the local environment or population. We believe this to be outrageous, and blatantly prioritises money and profit over any concerns for the long term impact on the environment.

So what can you do? Quite a lot actually.

1. If you are on twitter, please raise your concerns publicly with the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik. Please tell him politely what you think about this. @JanezPotocnikEU

2. Please also write to the Spokesperson for European Commissioner for the Environment Joseph Hennon joseph.hennon@ec.europa.eu and the press officer Monica Westeren, monica.westeren@ec.europa.eu If you would prefer please copy and paste the above message into an email.

Transylvania's forests are the last great stronghold for wolves, bears and lynx in Europe. These forests should not be lost and the wildlife driven from their homes to provide furniture in Japan! The cost to the environment will be far too great and planning permission for the Holzindustrie Schweighofer lumber plant should be revoked immediately.

Holzindustrie Schweighofer is one of the biggest lumber companies in Europe and will be investing 150 million Euro for a lumber factory in the heart of the Carpathian mountains, Covasna county, Romania. They already have 4 factories in Romania with a total annual turnover of 500 million Euro (2012). They plan to process 800.000 cbm of logs annually from this site alone! 80 % of the produced lumber will be exported to Asia, mostly Japan. Existing mills in Siret and Comanesti will be supplied with raw material by the new plant too. I urge you to sign this petition to stop yet another mega lumber plant from devouring forests within this vital ecosystem. 

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