Kätlin Tamm: People do not want clear-cutting in state forests that are important to the community

Kätlin Tamm, head of MTÜ Roheline Läänemaa. Photo: Malle-Liisa Raigla

Kätlin Tamm, head of MTÜ Roheline Läänemaa. Photo: Malle-Liisa Raigla

The requirement to involve local communities in the management plans of forests important to communities (KAH-forests) arises from the Forest Act and the standard of responsible forest management.

Unfortunately, the process of involvement is not clearly and unambiguously described in these documents, resulting in a vague, conflicting, questioning process. The State Forest Management Center (RMK) ‘s own involvement guide has not brought significant clarity either. For example, it remains confusing when involvement ends, how the result can be challenged, who has a greater say, the municipality or local people, and so on. But even more problematic is the substantive side of involvement.

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Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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