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A landscape and biodiversity preservation plan is approved

2015-02-17

The Minister of Environment has approved a Landscape and Biodiversity Preservation Action Plan 2015-2020 which will serve as a guideline for improving legislation and implementing objectives and measures to preserve landscape and biodiversity.

The Landscape and Biodiversity Preservation Plan was developed according to EU and international requirements.

Measures to preserve and plan landscape include management of the heritage of cultural landscape – parks of national interest and the landscape in the border areas, demolishing deserted structures, running lectures and workshops for the public, etc.

To preserve the habitats of protected animal, plant and mushroom species and ecosystems, plans are to breed wild animals of protected species (e.g. European pond turtle, Capercaillie, Eurasian eagle-owl) and release them to the environment, manage the habitats of protected species, stock water bodies and develop a system to provide aid and care to injured wild animals.

The approved plan also includes measures for controlling levels of invasive species, protecting genetic resources and their sustainable use as well as safe use of genetically modified organisms.

With a view to protecting landscape and biodiversity in protected areas, methodologies will be developed to evaluate their condition. It is planned to develop tourism and to set up visitor centres and nature schools in the protected areas and to clear at least thirty Natura 2000 sites.

Attempts will be made to integrate the measures defined in the action plan into agriculture, fishery, forestry, energy, transport, tourism, spatial planning and other sectors that have a significant impact on the protection of landscape and biodiversity.

Public information division
17 February 2015


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