BRUSSELS - In the coming years, more forest should be created in Flanders. Minister Demir wants to invest 121 million euros to create 4,000 extra hectares of forest by 2024. A good thing, but how good are we at protecting and planting trees outside the forest?

In recent years, hundreds of hectares of trees have already disappeared in Belgium. In 2021, trees along streets, drives, squares, parks and playgrounds may also run a greater risk of being felled. This article explores what the change in the law might mean - and why it is important that trees outside the forest are also preserved.

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Selma Franssen

Selma Franssen is a freelance journalist. Her work has been published by Charlie Magazine, OneWorld, De Morgen, De Standaard, The New Statesman, VPRO and Vice.

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