European Court of Justice calls Polish government for immediate suspension of logging in the Bialowieza Forest. It means that not only is Minister Szyszko’s decision from March 2016 that allowed increased timber extraction in Bialowieza Forest District suspended, but also no old, dead trees all over the forest can be cut down. The ban on felling trees necessary for preservation of forest habitats and species is in force until the European Court of Justice resolves the case of the Bialowieza Forest.

While the Polish government dispatched a massive police force to counter the peaceful protests trying to protect the old forests, the European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for increased logging in the Białowieża Forest, which is a protected Natura 2000 site.As logging operations have started on a significant scale, the Commission is also requesting the Court for interim measures compelling Poland to suspend the works immediately.

The Myanmar newspaper Daily Eleven informed that the national forestry agency Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) has plans to resume the harvesting this year after the year-long logging moratorium. According to the media, MTE will harvest 17,000 tons in the Taninthari Region in south western Myanmar. It has been reported that trees above the minimum girth limit have already been marked for felling.

UN delegates called for a halt to illegal logging in Bialowieza Forest, piling yet more pressure on the Polish Environment Minister to stop destroying Europe’s oldest forest. UNESCO delegates resisted political pressure to water down their decision, instead basing it on science and the recommendations of independent experts. Many insisted on the importance of an immediate decision, pointing to the Commission’s legal challenge to the logging, and the suspected inadequacy of the Polish ministry’s impact assessments.

Each year Peru loses an average of 150,000 hectares of natural forest due to deforestation caused by migratory agriculture and subsistence activity that devastates the Amazon. According to the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (Serfor), other causes of deforestation that put the country's 74 million hectares of forest at risk are illegal logging, illegal mining and coca leaf cultivation.