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‘FOR THE MOST EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION’ AMONG BEST ‘EUROPEAN SAILS’ PROJECTS

2014-01-31

The voting ‘European Sails 2013’ on projects implemented with European Union structural assistance has included the project ‘Managing Protected Areas (Stage 2)’, implemented by the State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of Environment, among the best ones. This project was awarded in the nomination ‘For the most effective communication’.

The purpose of this voting was to present the most successful and attractive projects in the nine ‘European Sails’ categories: for innovation, for smart business, for development opportunities, for youth work opportunities, for the comfortable environment, for e-opportunities provided, for the most effective communication, for meaningful leisure and for opened paths.

A total of more than 3000 projects were implemented under the EU Structural Funds operational programmes for 2007–2013. The voting ‘European Sails 2013’ received 129 projects, of which 27 projects were selected for public voting by a jury of experts. The project ‘Managing Protected Areas (Stage 2)’ implemented by the State Service for Protected Areas reached the finals and was included among the best projects in the nomination ‘For the most effective communication’.

Today Lithuania is more beautiful than ever. In response to the constantly growing needs of Lithuanian residents and tourists, the protected areas have been straightened up, natural and cultural heritage sites have been adapted to visitors and observation towers have been installed that allow enjoying the Lithuanian landscape. To make these good jobs in the protected areas visible, a publicity project has been implemented resulting in the production of a film and a TV report on protected areas, presentation events, outdoor advertisements and the issue of a book for children on Lithuanian national and regional parks.

The project ‘Managing Protected Areas (Stage 2)’ of the State Service for Protected Areas is aimed at providing conditions for the public to gain better knowledge of Lithuania’s protected areas without causing damage to the environment. The installation of infrastructure in protected areas and its adaptation to visitors, and tidying up of heritage sites and Natura 2000 network sites important for the protection of birds and habitats not only preserve the environment and enable the protection of biological and landscape diversity but also improve the quality of life for people, i.e. offer an opportunity of meaningful and environmentally-friendly leisure in nature where one can enjoy its beauty and diversity.


Public Information Division
31.01.2014


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