ICNF guarantees that it has not authorized the cutting of trees in Cacela Velha

The Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) guarantees that no authorization has been requested for the felling of trees, […]

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The Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF) guarantees that "no authorization has been requested" for the felling of trees, in Cacela Velha, in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, and who will analyze the process. 

In response today sent to the questions of the Sul Informação, ICNF says that "it went to the site, in order to verify if there was any irregularity associated with the interventions" and that, from that visit, "resulted in the immediate stop of work".

To our newspaper, a GNR source assured, last Wednesday, 4th of July, that these deforestation works on a private property, which is in an area protected by the National Agricultural Reserve (RAN) and National Ecological Reserve (REN), were authorized by ICNF. The works, said the GNR, were being carried out under Decree-Law 124, which regulates the mandatory clearing of land.

The Institute only confirms, in response to the questions of the Sul Informação, that the objective of the work was “to respond to the obligations arising from the legislation on the Defense of the Forest against Fire”.

The process will now be "analyzed" so that there is "necessary action in accordance with the applicable legislation and ICNF competences".

GNR source had told the Sul Informação that the works had been suspended this Thursday, July 5th, due to infractions on the cliffs, but our newspaper confirmed that this happened only today.

"Deforestation has already been suspended and administrative offenses will be raised because they were cleaning beyond what they could," said the GNR source.

Deputies José Carlos Barros and Cristóvão Norte, elected by the PSD in the circle of Faro, have also already asked, however, clarifications to João Matos Fernandes, Minister of the Environment, about this tree felling, in Cacela Velha, in the middle of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.