I am absolutely sure and I remember that I already wrote about this problem. But I could not find my post, alas.
OK, I will write again.
So, in 2010 or 2011, the governor of Gomel Region ordered to cut down all the trees along the roads. He pursued a specific goal. The governor ordered to plant rye on the vacated land. The area of the field has not officially changed, but in reality each field has become larger. This means that the governor can write that field productivity has increased. High authorities praised the governor.
In those years, trees disappeared along all roads. People knocked them out. But no one stopped there. I will tell only what I saw myself. I saw how they destroyed a beautiful landscape with small ponds and many bushes. Tractors plowed the ground, uprooted bushes. The boundaries of the ponds have changed. Now it resembles large pits with water on the outskirts of the field.
The head believed that he would increase the yield of the field. He was wrong. Strong winds began after the felling of trees. Winds blew off the upper fertile soil layer. The winds began to blow very strongly.
But the boss was marked by favor and went on a promotion. He has been living in the capital for many years.
And now I will show you how the land of my region has changed in 9 years. Photos were taken by the Belarusian photographer Sergey Plytkevich.
How many seasons can these fields produce before they turn into desert?
The photographer also blames the tragedy of the governors of the Gomel region. One person started it and the rest of the governors continued to give orders for cutting down trees.
Now we can no longer return the swamps of Polesie. We can only stop the onset of sand. A lot of work is needed for this. Belarusian journalists wrote a request to the ministry asking them to investigate the situation. Today this news takes the first place (after the coronavirus and parade of course).
What will happen next? I see an irresponsible and criminal attitude towards nature for the sake of career growth. But what will happen next? Will we become Berbers? Big money is needed to restore the land. It seems to me that there will be no money. Yes, every year people plant young seedlings along the roads. But these seedlings do not take root, they die. But still, I hope that we can restore the land.