Czech police carrying away a protestor. Photo: Hnutí DUHA - Přátelé Země Česká republika
Please join Friends of the Earth Czech Republic in calling on their government to abandon plans to cut down large areas of previously protected forest rich in biodiversity and home to endangered wildlife.
Sumava is the largest national park in the Czech Republic, known locally as the wild heart of Europe. Sumava is internationally recognised for its biodiversity. This includes being: a Natura 2000 site under both Bird and Habitat Directives, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, and included under the Ramsar convention on wetlands.
The Sumava National Park covers more than 600 square kilometres of mountain spruce forests, glacial lakes, flower rich meadows, peat bogs and other wetlands. It is home to endangered populations of Lynx, caterpillars, Black Grouse, Ural Owl and European Elk.
The logging has already begun of previously untouched areas. Peaceful protesters are being met with a heavy-handed response from the police.
Please tell the Czech Government to halt the logging immediately.