Environmental hotline: undisturbed poaching nights over2015-08-10
The Information Receipt and Management Centre of the State Environmental Protection Service (the so called environmental hotline) launched last year as well as the new working regime of the officials – vigilance – have brought very good results. People do need the opportunity to inform about violations and they do it responsibly: over 75% of communications about violations received are subsequently confirmed.
“In autumn, we will celebrate the first anniversary of the environmental hotline, but we can already state confidently that this project is bringing positive results. Starting from the moment of establishment, environmentalists have received and processed over 6,000 messages and identified nearly 1,000 violations outside of business hours and on public holidays. With this hotline established, the undisturbed poaching nights are over,” vice-minister of the environment Linas Jonauskas said.
Wildlife violations, instances of waste burning, and events involving wild animals – messages about these and other violations reach environmentalists on a daily basis. Following evaluation of the information received, specialists of the hotline forward it to specialists of regional environmental protection departments, animal protection organisations, hunter groups, and other parties.
“Most messages concern wildlife violations, which require immediate reaction. Officers on duty count dozens success stories when they managed to timely remove poacher nets and save trapped animals,” Mr Jonauskas said.
Statistics show that the greatest numbers of violations this year were recorded by the officers in the main cities – Vilnius (230), Kaunas (167) and Klaipėda (141). There are approximately 50 officers of this type in the country, and their work schedules are developed in such a manner as to ensure that the work continues 24/7.
This year, most messages received via the hotline concerned fishing violations (834) and inappropriate waste management (567). After the hotline was launched, people started to call to receive advice, too. To date, over 500 consultations have been provided.
You can communicate instances of wildlife violations and instances of pollution or destruction of the environment by calling the emergency number 112 or the hotline of the Information Receipt and Management Centre (8 5) 273 2995. The hotline operates 24/7 (including days off and public holidays).
Public Information Unit
10 August 2015