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LMP turns to local councils over ‘deforestation’

Opposition LMP on Thursday said it is turning to local councils for help in stopping "deforestation" in Hungary.

Mate Kanasz-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 fellings under a government decree issued last week allowing the lumbering of state-owned forests, Kanasz-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.

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