8 min 12.07.2019

The Deforestation of Europe’s last primeval forests

At the beginning of 2018, the Romanian Forestry Minister resigned unexpectedly. Prior to her resignation, she had been working to prevent illegal logging operations. She had fallen suddenly ill, according to the explanation at the time. The truth only came to light a few weeks ago. The minister had been poisoned with a high dose of mercury. The most-likely culprits: the Romanian timber mafia who earn millions from illegal logging. The Austrian timber company Schweighofer has been active in Romania for years. Christoph Lehermayr has investigated their role in illegal logging.

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