Schwerin (dpa / mv) - Greens and nature conservationists accuse Environment Minister Till Backhaus (SPD) of inadequate protection of the forest in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

"The current practice that business interests too often take precedence over climate, environmental and coastal protection must be ended," demanded the top candidate of the Greens for the state elections in autumn, Anne Shepley, on Wednesday.

The occasion is a one-hectare forest area near the coast in Stralsund, which is to be cleared for development with apartments, daycare and supermarket with parking lot.

Environment Minister Backhaus supports the city's project, as "Schweriner Volkszeitung" and NDR reported on Wednesday.

A ministry spokesman confirmed the reports when asked.

The responsible forest office had therefore previously rejected the clearing.

The BUND sees the case in Stralsund in a number of similar processes.

In Zarrentin (Ludwigslust-Parchim district), the BUND successfully went to court and thus saved a protective forest on the Schaalsee, which was to make way for the expansion of a residential area.

In Grabow in the same district, the organization criticizes the city's plans to give up up to 130 hectares of forest for a business park on the A14.

According to BUND, the construction of a new, four-kilometer-long motorway slip road for an industrial park is planned in Schwerin, 90 percent of which should run through forest.


Shepley called for an amendment to the forest law in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

It must be a forest protection law.

"This could consistently prevent the felling of coastal protection forests and other disproportionate" forest conversions ", for example for motorway and road construction," said Shepley.

With a 24 percent forest share, MV is one of the least forested federal states.

The state has repeatedly failed to meet its own reforestation goals in recent years.

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