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Ministry acknowledged for seacoast preservation

2013-12-27

The Ministry of Environment and its staff were acknowledged during the 760th anniversary of Palanga for their contribution to the preservation and restoration of the coast, especially Palanga beaches. The Ministry of Environment was thanked for its considerable input to coastal zone management projects in Palanga.

Visitors coming to the Lithuanian seaside in the last couple of years were able to enjoy restored and considerably broader beaches. It is the result of a massive and well-timed exercise.

A decade ago the future of our seacoast seamed daunting as many people feared that we will lose our exceptional beaches or that they will become concrete ones in our resort towns. Exhausted beaches, which were further battered down by hurricanes, required special attention. The coast was unable to restore its sand reserves due to depleted littoral reserves so sand had to be brought in from elsewhere.

Between 2006 and now, the Lithuanian seacoast was refilled with more than 500,000 cubic metres of sea sand which was excavated at a depth of 25–30 metres at the northern range in Juodkrantė-Preila area of the Baltic Sea.

It is estimated that one litas invested in the restoration of beaches now yields LTL 8 for the resort town.

Public Information Division
27/12/2013


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas