Opposition LMP has said it is turning to local councils for help to prevent “deforestation” in Hungary. Máté Kanász-Nagy, the party’s co-leader, told a news conference that local councils could prohibit the logging of forests under their ownership and put pressure on other forest owners to do the same.
LMP will use every legal and civil mechanism available to prevent mass tree felling under a government decree issued last week allowing the lumbering of state-owned forests, Kanász-Nagy said. He said the decree would result in an “intolerable degree of deforestation during a time of climate change, droughts and water shortages”. No other government in the European Union wants to resolve the climate and energy crises with the clear-cutting of forests and the destruction of green areas, he added.