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Environmental emergency hotline: over 2,000 reports in 4 months

2015-01-30

During the first four months of its activities, the Environmental Emergencies Reporting Centre of the State Environmental Protection Service (SEPS) received over 2,400 reports. More than 80% of these reports were confirmed.

Yesterday, on 29 January, the Environmental Emergencies Reporting Centre and its activities were presented to journalists.

Launched in October last year, the Centre offers the possibility to people who noticed any offences to contact environmental officers at any time and inform them about any environmental damage.

Based on the cooperation agreement signed with the Emergency Response Centre, citizens can dial 112 and communicate directly with officers on patrol or report environmental offences through the operator of the Emergency Response Centre.

Reports received from the General Response Centre or directly from citizens are immediately assessed by experts on duty who decide on the most adequate response: to send an officer on duty to the site, to hand over information to local officers and instruct them to verify it during their business hours, to forward the report to another responsible institution, or to give no response because the report is obviously false.

During the four months after the opening of the Environmental Emergencies Centre, duty officers of regional environmental departments were immediately sent to the alleged emergency sites more than 230 times. Eighty four per cent of reports, which received an immediate response, were confirmed. Currently, there are 78 officers on duty in the territory of the country every day. They are ready to carry out state environmental protection control after business hours and on weekends or public holidays.

The number of reports received by the Environmental Emergencies Centre has already exceeded 2,400. The majority of such reports, i. e. 1,400, dealt with wild animals which were injured, knocked down or needed any other kind of assistance. More than 130 reports were related to violations of the hunting regulations. Another 247 notices were concerned with alleged violations of the fishing regulations. The officers of the Centre also provide consultations to both individuals and businesses. More than 160 consultations have been provided since October last year.

Public Information Division
30 January 2015

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