UN Environment Program Executive Director Inger Andersen has warned the countries of the Carpathian region of serious threats that are caused by deforestation and climate change. She stated this at a meeting with representatives of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.
This was reported by the UN press service.
"The old-growth forests of the Carpathians and their unique biodiversity are disappearing at alarming rates as timber is being illegally cut and transported across and beyond the borders of mountain range States. This has many consequences. Ukraine has seen several devastating floods over the last years. Villages and roads submerged. Bridges brought down. People killed. These are, in part, linked to climate change. But illegal logging – taking place under the cover of the difficulties Ukraine has suffered – has removed large chunks of forests that soak up excess water and provide a buffer against flooding," the statement said.
According to her, deforestation and climate change are not the only concern. It was noted that the illegal fishing of sturgeon for the caviar trade, the poaching of large carnivores, and the killing of wild birds were depriving governments of the money they needed to promote jobs, education, and health services.
As we reported earlier, the World Food Program reported that Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen were expected to “soon slip into famine” if conditions there underwent any more deterioration in the coming months.