Demonstration in front of the National Assembly to defend the forests
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Demonstration in front of the National Assembly to defend the forests | Climates Changes

A demonstration in defense of forests was organized in front of the National Assembly on Monday 1er March 2021 on the initiative of the Canopée association and the collective SOS forest. Residents of Morvan, Lorraine and the Vosges also made the journey early in the morning by bus, accompanied by trade unionists from the National Forestry Office (NFB), who denounce the privatization of their establishment.

The protesters wanted to warn about the disappearance in the Climate Bill (to be examined in March) of the forest proposals of the Citizen’s Convention for the Climate. The members of the Convention had in fact asked for an end to the net cuts. In their report, they argued forest management without destroying the forest cover […] relying on natural regeneration . They also asked minimize the replanting of conifers and ensure blending of tree varieties . Convention members also called for the strengthening of the public forest service and an end to staff reductions inNFB.



But none of these proposals were accepted by the government. Present at the demonstration, the rebel French parliamentarian Mathilde Panot, who is also at the origin of a bill against net cuts, said she had met with the Minister of Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili. The minister would have told him that the citizens’ proposals were not subject to the law. This is false as their implementation requires a modification of the forestry code.

The associations anticipated the future battle in Parliament. Canopy has already planned a list of amendments, which he will propose to MEPs to defend a forest model that is more respectful of ecosystems and able to deal with global warming.

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