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Steps to preserve our forests: a precious natural resource

PACE today called for a series of measures to protect the world`s forests in both member and non-member states especially considering how illegal logging has led to mass deforestation in developing countries. These measures include establishing more effective monitoring mechanisms and drawing up binding international agreements to limit deforestation, and proposing the development of sustainable forest management techniques.

In the adopted text based on the report by Vyacheslav Timchenko (Russia, EDG) Parliamentarians also took note of the urgent need to prevent or limit the damage by forest fires by improving forest-fire-fighting technologies, launching awareness-raising campaigns about forest fire prevention, and introducing criminal sanctions for pyromaniacs.