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Committee to unveil measures in aftermath of Hurricane Lothar

A crisis committee set up by the federal government two weeks ago is due to announce measures today to deal with the damage to Swiss forests caused by Hurricane Lothar.

This content was published on January 17, 2000 - 07:42

A crisis committee set up by the federal government two weeks ago is due to announce measures today to deal with the damage to Swiss forests caused by Hurricane Lothar.

The committee is made up of forestry experts and industry officials, as well as environment specialists and cantonal representatives.

The storm which hit Switzerland on December 26 and 27 knocked down nearly ten million cubic metres of forests, or about one in every ten trees in the worst hit areas. The committee is expected to recommend which fallen trees should be removed and which should be left lying.

The committee has had to take account of various economic, ownership, and environmental factors. It is expected to base its recommendations on the experience gained from Hurricane Vivian which swept through Switzerland ten years ago.

Industry officials have said they want as much wood as possible harvested while environmentalists want most of the fallen trees left where they are. However, reports indicate the two groups are not that far apart on the issue.

From staff and wire reports



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